1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CUTU1000, CUTU1001, CUTU1005 has been successfully completed
Assignments; Oral
Topic description

This topic introduces and develops the framework of international tourism. It discusses the concepts of tourism best practice, the tourism system, sustainability, integrity and authenticity. It investigates the importance and the impact of tourism socially, environmentally and economically. This topic outlines industry sectors and key organisations, and investigates the concepts of different types of tourism destinations and attractions. The topic covers a range of areas including regional tourism, special interest and niche tourism. This topic also analyses the need for cultural awareness in the context of both delivery and use for both Indigenous and international cultures from a tourism perspective. It also covers the role of governments and media in tourism.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the tourism industry and examine how tourism product is developed for both the domestic and international market
  • Examine how destinations promote themselves internationally
  • Examine the impact of tourism from a social, environmental and economic perspective
  • Raise awareness of the need for cross-cultural understanding for both Indigenous and international cultures from a tourism perspective
  • Introduce the concepts of site integrity and sustainable tourism management
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Define tourism and basic tourism concepts from both an Australian and global perspective
  2. Describe the main elements of sustainable tourism management
  3. Describe the basic concepts of best practice, sustainability and authenticity
  4. Differentiate between social, physical and environmental impacts at tourism sites and attractions
  5. Differentiate between tourism product and packaging
  6. Explain how governments at all levels plan for and implement tourism strategies

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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