Unit 38: Sustainable Tourism Development - RQF level 5

Credit value: 15

Unit aim

The aim of this unit is for learners to gain understanding of the rationale and different approaches to tourism planning and development, sustainable tourism, current issues and impacts of tourism.

Unit abstract

This unit aims to increase learners’ awareness of the need to plan and manage tourism at all levels within an international, national, regional and local framework. Emphasis is placed on current trends in planning for tourism development in a range of destinations. The stages in the planning process are identified and learners will be encouraged to apply theoretical models to practical case studies and site visits.

The principles and philosophy of sustainable development are introduced in this unit and learners will be required to show an in-depth understanding of issues such as carrying capacities, environmental impact and the guest–host relationships as they relate to current tourism initiatives, eg access, conservation, enclave tourism.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the rationale for planning in the travel and tourism industry
  2. Understand different approaches to tourism planning and development
  3. Understand the need for planning for sustainable tourism
  4. Understand current issues related to tourism development planning
  5. Understand the socio-cultural, environmental and economic impacts of tourism in developing countries and emerging destinations
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