Introduction to International Tourism and Hotel Management

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to International Tourism and Hotel Management

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course introduces students to components of international tourism and hotel services and considers the implication of these as a system for developing and delivering travel and hospitality experiences. This will be achieved by examining the interdependent nature of transportation, accommodation, food and beverage, and attractions services within a context of globalisation, and the need for economic, socio-cultural and environmental sustainability.
    Course Introduction
    Introduction to International Tourism and Hotel Management (IT&H), provides students with an overview of the interdependent sectors within the tourism industry from an international perspective. The key elements examined include the role of government and intermediaries in facilitating tourism, and the hospitality, transportation and attraction/events sectors. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexity, diversity, interrelationships and interdependencies of these different sectors of tourism operating within the competitive global environment. Students will examine both the micro organisational, and also the macro industry relationships that exist between tourism and hospitality.
    Course Aims
    Many organisations in the tourism and hotel industries operate in a global, competitive and culturally diverse environment. To provide a context for working in this environment this course has two main aims:
    The first is to provide theoretical frameworks for studying the international tourism and hotel industries, and to describe their organisational structures, operational characteristics, products and markets. Gaining this knowledge will enable students to understand how suppliers and consumers operate as an inter-dependent and complementary overall tourism system.
    The second aim is to provide an inter-disciplinary framework for understanding the delivery and management of tourism and hotel services, and to appreciate how these frameworks can be used to inform professional practice, identify consumer demands and behaviours, and assess the impacts and future orientation of the tourism and hotel industries.
    Achieving these aims will help students gain industry specific knowledge, as well as the skills and attitudes required in their studies in subsequent degree courses.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand key macro and micro systems forming the international tourism and hotel industry, and comprehend the complexity of their products and markets, organisational structures and operational characteristics.
    2 Analyse the components and operational requirements of the tourism and hospitality industries, through skill development in researching and interpreting tourism and hotel management literature and also through applied learning approaches.
    3 Evaluate issues in the delivery of international tourism and hotel services and generate solutions to resolve a range of contemporary issues.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Online *Quiz


    Test or quiz
    Online Mid-Semester Exam


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Hotel Department Analysis and Presentation


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.