Global Tourism Futures - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Group Project - Data Search & Intepr. (15-25%) , Invigilated Exam - (50-60%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,893.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 3,143.00

Extending the intermediate examination of contemporary issues in tourism, this unit focuses on the major challenges and opportunities set to confront the industry over the next three decades and beyond. Regardless of location the increasingly volatile environment in which tourism operates demands that the industry be responsive so the exercise of foresight is of vital importance.
Built around a PEST framework the unit explores the Political, Economic, Social and Technological factors that will shape the way tourism relates to developments in these environments and the adaptive mechanisms needed to guarantee its survival.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify key trends and futures in the tourism industry
  2. Demonstrate research, deduction and problem solving skills
  3. Appreciate and explain future opportunities afforded by advances in technology, particularly as they relate to global and continental transportation
  4. Work collaboratively in diverse groups
  5. Explain the political, social and economic factors that influence the emerging global tourism markets.
  • Group Project — Data Search & Intepr. (15-25%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (50-60%)
  • Research Essay — Individual (25-35%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students must have completed 10 units in addition to TOU10001.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The future of transportation - innovation and the impacts of energy depletion
2Market shifts in global tourism - the emergence of China & India
3Demographic forces and travel flows
4Diversification of the tourism market - a new generation of tourism consumers
5Tourism and climate change. `The Chicken or the Egg'
6Tourism as a global citizen - social responsibility, poverty alleviation, and the triple bottom line
7Global politics, human rights and mobility - the changing political landscape
8Space tourism - from dream to reality
9Present and future technology - changing the face of the visitor experience

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