Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Develops students' understanding of the planning, development and management of tourism destinations. Examines the core theoretical models related to destination development and tourist typologies, as well as managerial issues related to destination management organisations (DMOs), including destination competitiveness and crisis preparation and recovery. This is supported by the use of case studies applied in different contexts (urban, rural, mountain, island and coastal destinations) and scales (national, regional and local).

Unit content

1. Organisation of tourism at destination

2. Modelling destination development

3. Destination planning

4. Destination competitiveness

5. The role of destination management organisations

6. Risk, crisis and recovery management

7. Urban destinations

8. Coastal destinations

9. Mountain and rural destinations

10. Island destinations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Prideaux, B, 2009, Resort destinations: Evolution, Management and Development, 1st edn, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-7506-5753-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Destination Analysis Report40%
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Destination Analysis Report40%
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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