Tourism Policy and Planning

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Tourism Policy and Planning

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Hospitality and Tourism Management, Urban Studies and Planning

  • 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 private sector strategic (including business) planning and tourism destination planning and policy. Key theories and concepts, applicable to both public and private sector tourism strategic planning are examined.
    Course Introduction
    This course outlines the principal concepts and definitions of policy making and strategic planning in the tourism industry. It focusses on policy and strategic planning developments and implications at international, national, regional and local levels from a government (public) sector perspective. The role of the private sector as a major stakeholder in public sector policy and planning is also discussed.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • critique the evolution of public sector policy and planning, defining its importance for the tourism industry
    • evaluate the use of various techniques and approaches in public sector tourism policy and planning
    • recognise and define the various challenges and approaches in public sector tourism policy and planning at international, national, state, regional and local destination levels
    • identify and critique the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders, including private sector tourism businesses, in tourism policy and planning
    • demonstrate an ability to critically analyse tourism policy and planning processes
    • apply the theories and concepts of tourism policy and planning to a case study situation.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Portfolio: 40%
    Project Report: 30%
    Final Exam: 30%

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