Tourism geography and local development (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Emanuela Bullado
Emanuela Bullado
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to underline the main features of tourism in its geographical aspects.
Starting from an introduction on general definitions of touristic phenomenon, then the focus will be moved on the territorial approach (location theoretical models; the Tourism Area Life Cycle; globalization impact on tourism; new forms of tourism).
Emphasis should be paid to the relationship between tourism and culture and their historical and environmental impact.
The Italian tourism industry will be analyzed in its structural composition and looking at the international contest.
At the end of the course students will be able to understand and analyze the different backgrounds under a geographical point of view, to work through different scenarios in the touristic sector.


General aspects about Tourism Geography
Tourism spaces and regional and organisational models
Touristic indicators and environmental impact
Tourism life Cycle Model
The evolution of Tourism from an international perspective
Trends in touristic development
The different types of Tourism
Local tourist system (STL)
Tourism policies and tourist marketing
Study cases

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Bencardino F., Prezioso M., (a cura di) Geografia del Turismo McGraw Hill 2009
Bagnoli Manuale di geografia del turismo. Dal Grand Tour al Piano Strategico Utet 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

Teacher up-front lessons with slides presentations
Study cases
Teaching materials will be stored in the e-learning platform

The exam is a written test consisting of ten questions with open answers. The exam lasts for 1 hour and the score is expressed in 30 point maximum.