Tourism as an Economic Activity

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Tourism as an Economic Activity

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview


    The learner will be provided with a solid grounding in tourism as an economic activity, and its associated impacts on society.


    • Students will have an underpinning knowledge of the tourism industry, its sub-sectors and contribution to the economy.
    • Students will be able to discuss or describe the historical development of tourism.
    • Students will be able to assess different approaches to studying tourism.
    • Students will be able to identify and assess the economic impact of tourism.
    • Students will be able to propose appropriate economic strategies for optimal tourism planning.


    • Introduction to tourism: concepts and definitions.
    • Development of tourism.
    • Approaches to studying tourism.
    • Components of the tourism industry.
    • Impact of tourism.
    • Strategies for optimal tourism planning.