NHL Stenden

Tourism Resource Development

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Factsheet

  • Semester: fall and spring
  • Amount of ECTS: 12
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In this module there are 7 themes which are dealt with:

  • Culture, authenticity and commodification
  • Nature conservation and marine tourism
  • The economic and non-economic value of nature and culture
  • Nomination of a World Heritage Site
  • Governmental rules and regulations
  • Stakeholder and Community involvement
  • Visitor management

Disciplines and Subjects:

The TRD component of the module (9 EC) comprises cases based on the following themes:

  • Culture, authenticity and commodification
  • Nature conservation and marine tourism
  • The economic and non-economic value of nature and culture

The theme of the module assignment is Unesco World Heritage. In this assignment students work in project teams on management plan for a potential Unesco site. They learn how to deal with management issues like governmental rules and regulations, stakeholder involvement and visitor management at a Unesco site.

Division of the EC: Research (3 EC) + Cases/management skills/fieldtrip to Bruges (9 EC).

Natural resources can either be enjoyed by tourists for its own sake (landscape, flora, and fauna) or as facilitating other activities like sports, outdoor activities or beach life. Cultural resources which can be enjoyed include architecture, history, art or traditions of local inhabitants. Natural and cultural resources are an important part of the tourism product and the tourist’s experience.

Natural and cultural resources are vulnerable. They require maintenance and protection from excessive development. Those working in the industry carry the responsibility to protect the environment, the society, and individuals and communities being visited. At the same time it is also important to keep in mind the visitor satisfaction and demand. Thus for you as a future tourism managers it is important to know:

  1. What types of cultural and natural resources are there all over the world and how are these used for tourism (experiences)?
  2. Which dilemmas and complexities are faced when managing these cultural and natural resources?
  • Methods: Case Based Learning, Group Module Assignment, Field trip to Bruges, (guest) lectures from WWF and other non-governmental organizations
  • Examination: Participation + Case report + Module Assignment
  • Remarks: The Bruges Field trip will include an extra cost of around € 150
  • Status of the module: Compulsory second year module for ITM students
  • Number of credits: 12 ECTS
  • Entry requirements: Some essential skills are necessary for successful participation in the module.
  • These are: good communication skills, proven proficiency in English and theability to work in a team. If you cannot meet these standards, you will not be able to pass the module.