Destination Development

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Destination Development

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 Units of TOUR or LEIS courses.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    This course examines tourism planning as both a process and as a set of techniques for sustainable tourism development. Tourism is a dynamic industry sector which is heavily influenced by political forces and their policies. Public policy determines the manner in which the tourism industry exists within communities and operates in the marketplace as it guides industry practice, tourism planning and development. To develop sustainable patterns within the tourism sector requires knowledge of the processes of policy development, stakeholder involvement, questions of implementation and the consequences thereof. In this course you will evaluate public and private sector roles relating to the nature of tourism development in specific settings, and its parameters and constraints. You will study the physical environment of strategic planning, and the social, cultural and political contexts of tourism planning and policy making. This course is designed to develop both professional knowledge and skills in tourism policy-making processes, strategic tourism planning and the evaluation of tourism plans and policies from local, national and international industry perspectives.
    1. Define and explain key concepts and issues concerning sustainable tourism planning, tourism public policy and tourism management;
    2. Critically evaluate several important tourism planning approaches and models;
    3. Identify key stakeholders involved in tourism planning and policy-making;
    4. Assess government and industry roles and responsibilities in tourism planning and policy-making;
    5. Critically analyse and evaluate tourism planning and policy approaches;
    6. Compare and contrast planning and policy approaches to tourism undertaken in selected countries and regions
    7. Communicate the connections between theory and research and current issues and practices in Sustainable Tourism Planning in an industry-accepted form of communication
    Topics will include, but are not restricted, to:
    • Values Trends and Practices in Tourism planning
    • Comparing National Tourism Policies and Planning approaches
    • Local and regional Tourism Policy and Planning
    • International Tourism development
    Log / Workbook: Tutorial Workbook
    Written Assignment: Briefing Paper
    Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.