TOUR06021 2016 Managing the Impacts of Tourism

General Details

Full Title
Managing the Impacts of Tourism
Transcript Title
Managing Impacts of Tourism
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Subject Area
TOUR - Tourism
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
James Hanrahan
Programme Membership
SG_BTOUR_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism SG_BTOUR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOUR_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business in Tourism with Event Management

This module is designed to provide the students with the key concepts and issues of importance in assessing and managing the impacts of tourism. It aims to develop the student's capacities to asses the impacts of tourism andprovide students with the key concepts and philosophies of sustainable tourism as a tool to manage these impacts. It explains the foundations of sustainable tourism internationally and in Ireland. It develops a critical awareness of economies, marketing, certification and management of sustainable tourism.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify tourism growth development and tourism impacts


Examine the economic impacts of tourism


Examine the environmental impacts of tourism


Examine the social impacts of tourism


Discuss strategies to manage the impacts of tourism


Identify tourism growth development and tourism impacts

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students research and evaluate the impacts of tourism based on the key principles of tourism management.

Students examine the role of significant tourism stakeholders in selected case study examples.

Students assess the role of tourism planning and mitagation  in creating tourism destinations and suggest how such roles could be expanded.

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will work in groups to write a report and present an outline of the impacts of tourism on a set location within the region.

Students will complete a report containing strategies with can be utilised to manage the impacts of tourism for a set location

Repeat Assessments

repeat assignment or exam

Module Dependencies

tourism year one or tourism industry experience

Indicative Syllabus

Identify tourism growth development and impacts

Explain the current influences on tourism growth development and associated impacts (1)

Examine the social, physical and economic  factors that have contributed to the need for varying theoretical perspectives on tourism impacts (2)

Identify the factors which have led to the development of a world tourism code of ethics (1,2)

Identify the symbiotic relationship between tourism and the environment (1,2)

The economic impacts of tourism

Examine the economic characteristics of the tourism industry (2.3)

Explain the role of tourism in economic development (2,3)

Identify the economic benefits and cost of tourism in development (2,3)

Demonstrate an awareness of a range of both positive and negative economic impacts of tourism. (2,3)

Discuss the implication of the economic impacts of tourism for the management of the tourism industry. (2,3)


Environmental Impacts of Tourism   

 Explain the impact  of tourism on ecosystems and the man made environment (4)

Identify the impact interrelationship between the tourism and the environment (4)

Explain environmental impact assessment, approach and models (4)

Discuss environmental policies and impact control measures (4)

 Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism

Discuss the sociocultrual impacts  of tourism (5)

Examione the tourist host relationship and theoretical perspectives for measuring social change (5)

Identify the relationship between tourism, neo-colonialism and phenomena such as the demonstrator effect. (5)

Discuss the sociological basis for tourism and moral conduct ethics. (5)


The management of tourism impacts

Examine the need for impact research and management (6)

Discuss tourism impact management concepts and issues (6)

Discuss visitor management and its application to impact analysis (6)

Identify the need for continual assessment and monitoring of impacts (6)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % Week 6 3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre lecturers 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN research 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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Vol. 10, pp.9-33.


Hossain, M. A. (2007). “Strategic Promotion Approaches to Developing Tourism in

Bangladesh: An Empirical Study of Some Selected Tour Operators”, Research

Book, Bureau of Business Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Huang, A. M. and Wu, B. F. (1997). “A research on urban recreationists travelling

behavior in Changchu”, Economic Geography, Vol. 17 (memoirs). pp.119-27.


Hanrahan, J. (2010) 'Ecotourism and Sustainability in the Tourism Sector'; Chapter 9 in Global Ecological Politics, Liam Leonard and John Barry, (Editors) Advances in Ecopolitics Series Vol. 5; Emerald: Bingley/Bradford UK. pp.171-220.


Hanrahan, J. and Conaghan, A. (2010) Global Conformity of Indicators for Eco-Certification Programs., G.Gorman and Z Mottiar, (Editors) Contemporary Issues in Irish and Global Tourism and Hospitality, DIT, Dublin, pp.93-106.

Fennell A David, (2003) Ecotourism. An Introduction, Routledge, London and New York

Wearing S and Neil J (2000) Ecotourism Impacts, potentials and possibilities

Butterworth & Heinemann


Martin Mowforth and Ian Munt (2009) Tourism and Sustainability, Routledge


Alister Mathieson and Geoffrey Wall (2006) Tourism Economic,Physical and Social Impacts, Longman Scientific and Technical


Peter Mason (2008) Tourism Impacts,Planning and Management

Butterworth, Heinmann

Page. S. (2006) Tourism Management, Butterwoth Heinemann.

Hall. Michael (2007) Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts: An Integrated Approach (Paperback) Routledge; 1 edition

Akhtash Mallya (2008) Ecotourism and the Community Participation (Hardcover) Authors Press,India


Laskar, M. (2010). “The Sundarbans: A Unique Wilderness of the World”, available at

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Rittichainuwat, 2011 B. Rittichainuwat Ghosts: a travel barrier to tourism recovery

Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (2) (2011), pp. 437–459 Article | PDF (484 K) | View Record in Scopus | Citing articles (12) Rittichainuwat, 2012

Rittichainuwat, B., 'Tourists' perceived risks toward overt safety measures

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research (2012) doi:1096348011425494


Rittichainuwat and Chakraborty, 2012 N.,B. Rittichainuwat, G. Chakraborty

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Other Resources

On line journals: Journal of Ecotourism, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Insights, Tourism Ireland "Contact", Tourism News (ITIC) and all Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland publications ,


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