Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification. Tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses growing number of new destinations. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress. Tourism has long been seen as a way to contribute to overall macroeconomic objectives increasing national income and total employment. It was also recognized for providing a relatively simple means of economic diversification for countries including export.
A more recent approach integrates social and environmental concerns. It emphasises the specificity of tourism compared to other sectors and highlights ways in which tourism can be a valuable tool for sustainable development combining harmoniously economic, cultural, social and environmental objectives ‘creating better places for people to live in and for people to visit’.
In line with this approach, the course will enable students to learn about sustainable tourism development. The course focuses on the evolution of the tourism industry towards sustainability as well as on the fundamental tools and practices linked to sustainable tourism development.