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Dr. Sonya Graci

Graci, Sonya


Associate Professor




TRS 3-048


(416) 979-5000 ext. 1234

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Dr. Sonya Graci

Dr. Sonya Graci is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson, University in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Graci has worked on numerous projects around the world related to sustainable tourism development and has focused her attention on community capacity building in Honduras, Indonesia, Canada, Fiji and China. She has a keen interest in working with Aboriginal communities in developing sustainable forms of tourism. She also has a passion for increasing sustainability in marine environments and has focused much of her research on sustainable tourism development in island states. Dr. Graci is the author of two books and several journal articles and industry publications.


Hospitality and Tourism

Research Interests

Tourism development, corporate social responsibility, islands, ecotourism, tourism marketing, and tourism motivations.

Select Research and Professional Contributions
Graci, S. and R. Dodds (2010) Sustainable Tourism in Island Destinations. London: Earthscan.
Graci, S. (2009) Can Hotels Accommodate Green? Examining What Influences Environmental Commitment in the Hotel Industry.  Frankfurt: Verlag.
Journal Articles
Dodds, R., Graci, S. Ko, S. & Walker, L. (2013). What drives environmental sustainability in the New Zealand wine industry?: An examination of driving factors and practices, International Journal of Wine Business Research, 25 (3), 164 – 184.
Dodds, R. and Graci, S. (2013) The Challenges with Greening a Mega Festival. The Case of Pride Toronto. Tourism, Culture and Communication 12(1): 29-39. 
Graci, S. (2012). An Innovation in Community Based Tourism. The Case of Moose Factory, Ontario. Teoros. 3(1).
Wilmott, L. and Graci, S. (2012). Innovations in Waste Management in Small Islands. The Case of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. Teoros. 3(1).
Graci, S. (2012). “Collaboration Through Partnership Development for Sustainable Tourism.  A  Case Study of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. Tourism Geographies: 15(1): 25-42.
Graci, S. (2010). The Potential for Aboriginal Ecotourism. Geography Research Forum. 30: 141-160.
Dodds, R., Graci, S. and Holmes, M. (2009), Does the Tourist Care? A Comparison of Visitors to Koh Phi Phi, Thailand and Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 18(2): 207-222.
Graci S. (2009) Barriers to Implementing Environmental Initiatives in the Chinese Tourism Industry. International Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. 19(1): 38-55.
Graci S. and Dodds, R.(2009) “Why Go Green? The Business Case for Environmental Commitment in the Canadian Hotel Industry. Anatolia.
Dodds, R. and Graci, S. (2009). “Canada’s Tourism Industry – Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change: A Lot of Concern but Little Action. Tourism Hospitality Planning and Development. .6(1): 39-51.
Book Chapters
Graci, S. & Dodds, R. (2015) Certification and Labeling. In Stefan Gössling, C. Michael Hall, Daniel Scott  (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability, London: Taylor and Francis
Hostovsky, C. and Graci, S. (2014) Environmental Assessment in Ontario: Moving from Comprehensive Planning and Decision-Making to Streamlined Approvals” in Hanna, Kevin S. (ed.), third edition expected 2014. Environmental Impact Assessment: Practice and Participation. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
Graci, S. (2015). Best Practices in Sustainable Tourism in Canada’s North. The Case of Frontiers North Adventures. CAUTHE Annual Conference. Coolongatta, Australia, February 2 to 5, 2015.
HTT 202 Tourism Concepts
HTT 622 Destination Marketing and Management
HTT 509 Policy in Hospitality and Tourism Management
HTT 841 Research
HTT 510 Sustainable Tourism
ES 8990 Independent Study in Environmental Management and Applied Science
ES 8923 Environmental Assessment
Research Funding
Source Year Amount

SSHRC Conference and Workshops Grant
2011  $18,796

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