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TO5005 - Managing Tourism in Protected Areas

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Business

An advanced treatment of ecologically sustainable tourism development focussing particularly on ecotourism and the environment and the link with management of protected areas. Topics include the origins and conceptual background to this culturally and environmentally responsible form of nature tourism; its potential contribution to the promotion of environmental understanding and conservation and its impacts and their management. The subject includes a substantial fieldwork component and develops practical experience in the interpretation of a wide range of natural and cultural attractions. The subject takes an international perspective but there will be a strong focus on tourism to protected areas in Australia. Special emphasis will be placed on tourism to World Heritage Areas including North Queensland environments such as the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforests.

Learning Outcomes

  • a broad knowledge of the definitions, directions and difficulties with the concept of ecotourism;
  • ability to solve problems and develop strategies for superior ecotourism management;
  • an advanced understanding of the key issues in managing human-wildlife interactions in an ecologically sustainable way;
  • up to date knowledge of ecotourism operations and developments in North Queensland.
TO3025 TO5025 TO6025


Townsville, Study Period 9, Block
Census Date 04-Oct-2012
Face to face teaching 20-Sep-2012 to 30-Sep-2012 (20/9 6pm-9pm AND 21/9 9am-5pm with Study Tour 22-27/9 (9am-5pm) AND 29/9 & 30/9 9am-5pm)
Coordinator: Dr Alastair Birtles
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Alastair Birtles.
Workload expectations:
  • 21 hours lectures
  • 48 hours fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (20%); field trip logbook (40%); assignments (40%).

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