Discover the cultural, economic, and environmental impacts of tourism and have the opportunity to explore sustainable tourism.

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The Impacts of Tourism
This course is part of the program Sustainable Tourism Management, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Master of Business Administration (Sustainable Tourism). Find out more.

Learn how alternate forms of tourism contribute to sustainability in the sector

On this course, you’ll look at tourism’s global impact in relation to the world’s environmental, economic and cultural issues.

You’ll be given the chance to evaluate the complex political, social, and environmental contexts in which tourism operates as you explore the policies and management strategies that exist to control the impact of tourism.

You’ll discover corporate social responsibility and environmental impact assessments and auditing.

You’ll also have the chance to discover carrying capacity and how to evaluate the effectiveness of different forms of responsible and sustainable tourism.

What topics will you cover?

  • Social, environmental, economic and cultural impacts of tourism
  • Ways of measuring impacts
  • Alternative forms of tourism
  • Analysis of the extent of which of these forms effectively address tourism impacts

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify the social, environmental, economic and cultural impacts of tourism
  • Understand the policies and management strategies aimed at meeting sustainability objectives in relation to controlling tourism impacts
  • Critically appraise the extent to which alternative forms of tourism contribute to promoting sustainable tourism development

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students who have a background in social sciences, arts and humanities, business studies, tourism and hospitality, and those with a background in sustainable development.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Vijay Reddy is an Associate Professor in Tourism & Marketing. Dr Reddy has been invited by policy organizations including UN Secretariat, UNEP, UNESCO and UNWTO to comment on sustainability issues.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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    1992
  • Location

    Coventry
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