Online course in Business & Management

Global Tourism Development Trends

Understanding the recent history of tourism and exploring global tourism trends including medical tourism and smart tourism.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Exploring global tourism development trends

Globally tourism is one of the fastest growing industries: one out of eleven jobs is created by the travel and tourism industry (World Travel & Tourism Council, 2016).

In this course you will explore global tourism development since the end of World War II in 1945. You will learn about a wide range of subjects including: tourism development in China since 1978, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its implications for the global tourism industry, and the sustainability of tourism development. You will also look at current tourism trends like medical tourism and smart tourism.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 22 secondsWelcome to the very first course of Micro-bachelor in international tourism management. My name is Hanqin Qiu, a Distinguished Professor and dean from the College of Tourism and Service Management at Nankai University in China. Globally tourism has been one of the fastest growing industries contributing more than 10% of global GDP. Every one out of 11 jobs was created by the travel and tourism industry. In this course named Global Tourism Trends, the following topics will be covered Global tourism development since the end of World War Ⅱ in1945. Tourism development in China since its open-door policy in 1978. China's belt and road initiatives and its implications for the global tourism industry.

Skip to 1 minute and 19 secondsThe sustainability of tourism development and some current issues in tourism development globally

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsEach of these sessions will be told by me together with few other leading professors and industry leaders in their respective field. Together we will bring you the most updated knowledge in global tourism development.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsPlease sign up for the course and join us online.

What topics will you cover?

  • Tourism Development: Past, Present, And Future

  • The Belt and Road Initiative: Building A New Pattern of International Tourism

  • Tourism Development in China

  • Sustainable Tourism Planning and Tourism Impacts

  • Medical Tourism

  • Perception of Risk and Travel Decisions

  • Smart Tourism

  • Regional and global case examples

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 1 Jul 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Assess how the tourism industry started globally, and then move to the development trends of tourism in Asia.
  • Discuss the historial tourism development in China since its open door policy in 1978
  • Classify different stage of tourism development based on its characteristics at different stage of economic, social, and political development.
  • Assess the current issues on touism development such as smart tourism, medical tourism, and sustainability of tourism.
  • Apply your understanding of the tourism industry from global, regional, and local perspectives into the daily operation of the tourism business.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in global tourism trends. Experience in the hotel or tourism industry isn’t necessary but might be useful.

Who will you learn with?

Hanqin Qiu

Hanqin Qiu

Dr. QIU, Hanqin is the Distinguished Professor at Nankai University, the Dean of College of Tourism and Service Management.

Carson Lewis  Jenkins

Carson Lewis Jenkins

Visiting Professor at College of Tourism and Service Management, Nankai University

Peter Yuen

Peter Yuen

Professor and Dean, College of Professional & Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Jiaying Lyu

Jiaying Lyu

My research interests lie in the areas of international tourism, tourism marketing and tourist behavior tourism innovation, aging and tourism.

Who developed the course?

The college of Tourism and Service Management occupies its own building with a hotel nearby. It has about 500 undergraduate and 185 postgraduate students with 38 academic staff and 38 support staff.

GTTP is a project of Global Initiatives, Inc. a non-profit organization established in 1996.

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