Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Hospitality and Tourism Management

First Advisor

Howard Adler

Committee Member 1

Joseph La Lopa

Committee Member 2

Sandra Sydnor


This research looks at the impacts of megaprojects on their host regions through a case study of the Hong Kong-Zhu Hai-Macau Bridge (HZMB). The purpose of this study is to analyze the potential economic impact of the HZMB on the region through existing data and stakeholder interviews. The research will specifically focus on megaprojects' impacts on tourism industry and economic development in general. The research results are aimed to address the four research objectives of the study, which are similarities and differences between the HZBM and other megaprojects, common issues involved in developing megaprojects, the future impacts of the HZMB on regional economic development, and the HZMB's potential impacts on stakeholders. This study is also expected to conclude megaprojects' general impacts on a region in terms of tourism development and general economy.