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Master in Responsible Tourism ManagementThe travel and tourism industry is more aware than ever of the need to adopt responsible business practices that improve the quality of life within local communities and conserve the environment and cultures of destinations. Marketing, operations and product development practices are changing across the sector and organisations need managers who have the ability to implement responsible tourism strategies.
The course explores domestic and international tourism - as responsible principles are as applicable to the Yorkshire Dales as they are to The Gambia. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate responsible tourism polices and practices. You will look at real issues and solutions and develop the management skills you need to operate effectively at a strategic level within government, non-governmental and private sectors.
We are also developing our course to increase our links to industry and are in the process of setting up partnerships with industry to link your modules more closely to real life examples. Our course is also the only responsible tourism course in the world certified by the UNWTO TedQual programme.
Who is it for
Previous students have gone on for work for tour operators, national tourism organisations and in senior positions in government and international non-governmental organisations. Once you graduate we'll stay in touch with you through newsletters, a World Travel Market social and personal contact, involving you in events and activities relevant to your experience and where you live.
- Responsible Tourism Adviser
- Sustainable Product Manager
- Charity Development Consultant
- Sustainable Destinations Manager
Our teaching is grounded in industry consultancy and research. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), our contribution to the University's research activities was ranked at the highest level.
Staff teaching this course have played a leading role in the responsible tourism and hospitality movement through research and development work with the industry and government which enables our students to also play an important role in this sector. Dr Xavier Font is a key advisor to the UNWTO and other agencies, frequently undertaking research for the EU, the processes and findings of which are shared with his students. Lucy McCombes is a certified Travelife auditor and Dr Simon Woodward is chair of the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee and a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre.
This introductory module to the course introduces the concept of responsible tourism and ensures that all students have a common knowledge base about tourism assets and the tourism industry. (This module is not available to full-time students)
This module focuses on the strategies available for the management of a destination, including evaluating the role of public sector agencies and local communities in managing tourism and exploring how the public and private sector stakeholders can work together with civil society to achieve the objectives of responsible tourism management.
This module involves learning the skills needed to research and assess responsible tourism initiatives and make realistic recommendations for enhancements.
This final module allows you to apply your research skills to an organisation, destination or initiative of your choice and apply your project management and business research skills to evaluating and improving the initiative, grounded on your theoretical understanding of responsible tourism.
- Ethical Tourism Business Management
- Project Planning & Management
- Marketing Responsible Tourism
- Communities, Culture & Heritage
- Online Marketing: Strategies & Tools
- Tourism for Local Economic Development & Poverty Reduction
- Natural Resource & Environmental Management
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- Mode100% Online
- Duration2 years
- Awarding InstitutionLeeds Beckett University
- Title of AwardMaster of Science in Responsible Tourism Management
- Entry RequirementsAt least a second class honours degree, a year's work experience in a relevant field plus competency in the language of instruction
- FeesGBP 4500
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