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Tourism Planning


Ndivo R. M.

Course director

Quaglieri A.

Course director


The course aims to provide a broad perspective on the role and significance of tourism in contemporary society, encouraging critical reflection on the factors and dynamics that shape its development and its territorial impacts. 

Students will be introduced to the subject of tourism planning, addressing basic concepts, principles and elements, and emphasising critical issues in the context of sustainable tourism development. Aspects such as resource management and the role of the local community will be the subject of in-depth analyses and discussions, in which theoretical considerations will be combined with the presentation of emblematic case studies. Special attention will also be devoted to the features and challenges of tourism development in the Global South. In this regard, part of the course will be devoted to tourism in Africa and in particular to understanding the peculiarities of tourism development and tourism planning approaches in the African context.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • critically reflect on the role and significance of tourism in the context of contemporary society;
  • identify the key components of the tourism system;
  • understand the basic concepts, approaches and principle of tourism planning;
  • discuss critical issues in tourism planning for sustainable tourism development;
  • analyse case studies of tourism development and understand the specific challenges of tourism planning in the Global South.

Sustainable development goals

  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Life on Land

Teaching mode


Learning methods

The course comprises face-to-face lectures designed to stimulate interaction between lecturer and students and encourage debate, asynchronous sessions and case studies.

Examination information

Collaborative group projects (30%), and a written exam (70%).