GEO-24306 Tourism Destination Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)EA Adu-Ampong
Lecturer(s)H (Harald) Buijtendijk MSc (BUas)
MSc JHF Buijtendijk
dr. ir. M Duineveld
EA Adu-Ampong
Willemijn van der Haarst (NBTC)
Geeske Sibrijn (NBTC)
Jessika Weber-Sabil (BUas)
Examiner(s)EA Adu-Ampong

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Note: This course is part of the BSc Tourism, a joint degree programme of Wageningen University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. This course is open to students from other programmes. The course is not delivered at Wageningen University, however, but at Breda University of Applied Sciences. You can register for the course by contacting the course coordinator before the start of the course. The schedule for the academic year at Breda University of Applied Sciences differs from the schedule of Wageningen University. The periods mentioned are the periods of Wageningen University.
The destination is a key element of the tourism system and a central focal point in tourism research. As such, destinations can be understood as geographically localised clusters of tourist attractions, services and goods managed and marketed for tourist consumption. However, tourism destinations do not exist in a vacuum, but are a part of a wider socio-cultural, political and economic context. In this sense, they are in many ways inseparable from everyday lives of local residents and workers. This complexity poses challenges for understanding, managing, and governing tourism destinations. To deal with it, the course adapts an interdisciplinary approach, building on perspectives from tourism management, sociology, political economy, governance/development studies and cultural geography. The course is organised around three distinct theoretical perspectives on destinations: 1) Destinations as a combination of tourism products, services and experiences 2) Destinations as networks and 2) Destinations as imagined and lived places.

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of ways in which tourism destinations can be analysed, strategically managed and governed to facilitate development in a local as well as global socio-economic context.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the concept of tourism destination;
- use the main theoretical approaches to destination competitiveness;
- recognize and analyse the characteristics of different types of international tourism destinations;
- describe and examine how discourses and power influence tourism policy, planning and development;
- to understand and apply principles of tourism value chain selection and analysis.


Lectures, seminars and guest presentations


The final assessment consists of the following components:
- written examination, closed book exam (70%);
- individual essay (20%);
- discourse analysis assignment (10%).
A final grade of 5.5 or higher for each part individually is considered a pass.


Journal articles are available via the BUAS library.

Compulsory for: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc3WD+4WD+5WD+6WD