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TO5026 - Ecologically Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management

[Not offered in 2012]

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

Available to Graduate Diploma of Tourism students and Master of Tourism students.

This subject emphasises the relationship between tourism and the natural environment, the principles and practice of ecologically sustainable development and the planning and management necessary to minimise negative impacts. The biophysical processes operating in those North Queensland habitats most heavily utilised for tourism (reef and rainforest) are further examined. There is an emphasis on marine and coastal processes and the management of tourism impacts in such environments. A regional focus based on biophysical regions is stressed and the relationship between these and administrative jurisdictions is examined. The organisation and management practices of key Federal and State agencies are considered. The principles of ecologically sustainable tourism development and their implications for the industry are reviewed. Case studies of tourism-environment relationships in the Australian and Asia-Pacific regions are emphasised. The subject includes a field trip component.

Learning Outcomes

  • to become familiar with current integrated coastal zone management planning approaches;
  • To develop an understanding of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles and practices;
  • to develop a deeper understanding of natural environments and the biophysical processes which structure them;
  • to develop an understanding of current theory and management practices to minimise such impacts in a wide variety of Australian and other settings;
  • to have knowledge of the nature of current impacts on these environments and the specific role played by tourism.
Prerequisites: TO5002
TO2001 TO3026 TO6026

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