Sustainable Tourism

(Course Code: ENV531 – GIS)

Semester: Spring Teaching Period: 2 weeks ECTS Credits: 2 Type:

Elective

Prerequisite Courses: Coordinator: Ioannis SPILANIS Instructor: Ioannis SPILANIS

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding about the different components of tourism activity. The assessment of potentials (tourism attractions), tourism trends, strategies and obstacles regarding the application of policies and the role (responsibility) of different stakeholders in achieving development goals is going to be used as the necessary framework for policy development. The students will be assigned in groups to review the present situation of a specific area, to interview stakeholders and discuss potentials, limitations and development strategies in relation to the implementation of a Tourism Observatory.

After successfully completing this course, the students will:

• Understand the overall concept of sustainable tourism.
• Be familiar with the present trends in tourism development (demand, supply, organization of the market)
• Learn about different methods for measuring and evaluating economic, ecological and social factors for sustainable tourism development.
• Be familiar with basic principles and related indicators to measure performance and impacts or/and progress (tourism observatory).
• Recognize the different policy instruments and tools available for entrepreneurs and policy makers
• Be familiar with the different steps to be followed from the creation of a tourism product up to its commercialization

The students will be assigned in groups to review the present situation of the island of Lesvos/Eressos, to interview stakeholders and discuss potentials, limitations and development strategies in relation to the implementation of a Plan of Sustainable Tourism based on knowledge and scientific analysis. A “design studio” will be established for the generation of policies concerning products and services designed to support public authorities and tourism enterprises, but also tourists in their effort to foster a sustainable tourism development.

Students will be individually graded based on:

  1. Individual assessment (written exam on lecture material) (40%)
  2. Evaluation of Group written report and oral presentation – case study (60%)
Activities Estimated Workload
Lectures

Seminars

Case study

16h

16h

32h

TOTAL 60 hours
Notes provided:
Basic Textbook:
Bibliography: THEORY

TOOLS

Language: English
Internet Links:

http://www.ecotrans.org/

http://destinet.eu/resources/…-various-target-groups/tb-01-en-pub.pdf

http://sutour.ier.uni-stuttgart.dehttp://www.traintoecolabel.org/r/-en/accomodation

http://www.destilink.net/

http://www.its4travel.com/

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/index_en.htm

http://www.unep.org/resourceefficiency/Portals/24147/scp/tourism/activities/taskforce/pdf/fact%20sheets%20pdf/-green_passport.pdf

http://www.unep.fr/scp/publications/