M.INC.TOUR.603: Tourism Management

Learning outcome:

This course first examines the need for, and scope of, tourism planning and management. Particular attention is paid to the nature of tourism 'products',
and market systems failure, which indicate management interventions. Because tourism destinations evolve over time, particular analysis is undertaken on economic, environmental and socio-cultural models and processes of change.
Various methods and models for tourism planning are then set against this systems based context. These are evaluated for their strengths and weakness, scale of application and relevance for developed or developing economies.
Within the course scope exists for the presentation of individual topics of interest such as sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, cultural and alternative tourism, or other specialised forms of tourism.

Courses and examinations

  • Tourism Systems and Planning Imperatives
  • The evolution of tourism planning thought
  • Marketing, economic planning or resource management
  • The need for and scope of Tourism Planning
  • Assessing Tourism's Impacts: processes of change
  • Economic impacts
  • Physical impacts
  • Socio-cultural impacts
  • Methods and models for Tourism Planning
  • Marketing Perspectives
  • Public participation and community based approaches
  • Land-Use approaches (including GIS)
  • Tourism and Development
  • Sustainable Tourism Development

Essay, Presentation, Formal Paper, Final Exam

Prerequisite for examination:
As a result of their exposure to lecture, reading and assignment material students will be
able to:

  • 1. Explain the nature of tourism systems and their requirements for integrated planning.
  • 2. Describe the major forces that impel evolution of tourism destination areas and understand models that describe their evolution.
  • 3. Relate visitor, industry and destination resource characteristics to tourism management models.

Admission requirements:

Recommended previous knowledge:


Person responsible for module:
David Simmons

Course frequency:
Academic Term each winter semester

One semester

Number of repeat examinations permitted:

Recommended Semester:
First to third semester

Maximum number of students: