GEO-11806 Tourism: Principles & Practice


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work3
Excursion (one day)28
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Pellis
Lecturer(s)dr. A Pellis
dr. J Nawijn (BUas)
Examiner(s)dr. A Pellis

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ENP-11806, AEP-10806, ESA-11306


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, 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.

This course introduces students to tourism and its many constituent and interrelated components, such as the relation between travel, tourism, recreation and leisure. Tourism always involves mobility - travel, but travel does not always fall into the category of tourism. Holidays are always about recreation, but the purpose of tourism is not always recreational. Tourism is commonly understood within an economic framework, in terms of supply and demand. A complex of factors shape demand for specific tourism products. Gaining insight into demand is essential for success for suppliers of tourism products and tourism organisations, which comprise the 'tourism industry'. Yet, while it is perfectly understandable to speak of the 'tourism industry', it does not adequately or fully capture the tourism phenomenon. Thinking about tourism from a systems-based perspective, allows us to be alert to the myriad exchanges and impacts generated by tourism for those both directly and indirectly involved in its pursuit and provision. This course, therefore, introduces students to the economic, environmental and socio- cultural impacts necessary to fully comprehend tourism as a system and its place within a complex global context. This course aims to provide students with an organizing framework within which to locate the other and subsequent elements of the BSc Tourism programme. It will provide students (who may have no previous knowledge of tourism and leisure) with an introduction to the general principles and main components of tourism. The course is international in nature, drawing on examples and practices from different countries. In addition it will provide students with an appreciation of the study of tourism as a domain within its own right.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- define the concepts of tourism, travel, leisure and recreation;
- identify the determinants of tourism demand in an international context;
- identify the organization of tourism supply (e.g. facilities, attractions, destinations) in an international context;
- examine the relationship between tourism and the destination, including economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts of tourism;
- work independently and as a valued member of an international and multicultural group, managing the values of equality and diversity within this group (respectful listening, active participation, teamwork).


- lectures; 

- tutorials; 

- excursions;

- group presentations;

- group work.


- written examination with open questions (60%);
- group presentation (15%);
- group report (25%).

Each assessment component must be completed with a mark of 5.5 or higher.


Readings are provided with specific links to session related literature

Verplicht voor: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc1WD+2WD