Applied Economics for Tourism

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applied Economics for Tourism

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines key economic concepts of relevance to future business managers in both the public and private sectors. It emphasises hands on experience to familiarise students with real world issues and contemporary economic approaches to solutions.
    Course Introduction
    This course is a foundation for your future career in the private or public sector, where an understanding of economics is essential for effective tourism business or policy management. The course will develop your capability in using selected economic concepts and analysis approaches, applied to tourism. The first part of the course delivers fundamental principles and concepts, such as tourism stakeholders, tourism markets, the forces of demand and supply, and the issues of externalities and public goods. The second part of the course deals with the influence of economic change on tourism and the role of tourism in the economy. This section covers other useful concepts and tools, including economic contributions of tourism, economic impact assessment, cost benefit analysis and environmental economics. Various examples will be used to demonstrate how economic concepts and principles are applied to tourism.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • analyse the operation of tourism firms using the key concepts of demand and supply
    • analyse the options available to tourism firms under different market structures
    • understand the role of stakeholders from the private and public sectors in tourism economics
    • understand the effects of economic conditions and change on tourism
    • research and interpret the economic contribution and impact of tourism activities
    • interpret economic analysis applied to various tourism issues.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    In Class Quiz: 20%
    Report: 40% (30% individual, 10% group summary)
    Final Exam: 40%

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