• Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality (Level 4)

Geography of Tourist Resorts

Main aims of the Unit

The main aims of this unit is to introduce the most popular tourist destinations in the world, identify their key characteristics and attractions and familiarise learners with the world geography. It will also explain the relative importance of different types of attraction for domestic and/or international tourism by describing climate, economy, accessibility, stability and popular attractions.

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify the location of different countries on the world map
  • Describe the key attractions associated with different tourist destinations
  • Comment on the seasonal and climate factors affecting tourism in different parts of the world
  • Explain the main advantages and limitations of different tourist resorts/destinations
  • Discuss the accessibility and variety of different tourist activities and attractions
  • Comment of the tourism patterns in different parts of the world

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

Learning takes place on a number of levels through lectures, class discussion including problem review and analysis. Formal lectures provide a foundation of information on which the student builds through directed learning and self managed learning outside of the class. The students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material which fosters a greater depth learning experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSE’s / GCE`O’ levels and one `A’ level or equivalent qualification, or,
  • An approved Foundation Certificate.
  • An approved training or vocational certificate in the area of hotel, catering and/or tourism

Relevant experience is taken into consideration for students 21 years of age and over who have not completed any formal qualifications.

Main Topics of Study

  • Attractions of a place
  • Elements of geography
  • Themes of geography
  • Climate and tourism
  • The influence of tourism
  • Geography of transport for travel and tourism
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Popular attractions
  • Climate characteristics
  • New England, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic, East South Central, Pacific, Alberta, Yukon Territories, Ontario, Quebec
  • Cultural characteristics
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Economic and political influences
  • Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
  • Climate characteristics
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Travel patterns
  • Type of attractions
  • Caribbean islands, Andes countries ( Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile), Brazil and the Guyanas, Argentina
  • Climate patterns
  • Cultural characteristics
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Type of attractions
  • Britain and Ireland, Scandinavian countries, Iberian Peninsula, France and Benelux countries, Balkans and Southern Europe, East European countries, Central Europe
  • Cultural characteristics
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Type of attractions
  • Security issues
  • Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Gulf States, Saudi Arabia
  • Cultural characteristics
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Type of attractions
  • China, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia, Pacific Islands
  • Climate patterns
  • Cultural characteristics
  • Tourism characteristics
  • Tourist destinations and attractions
  • North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa

Indicative Reading for this Unit

Main Text

Visual Geography of Travel and Tourism 5th edition Jan Van Harssel, R. Jackson, L. Hudman (Cengage Learning)

Alternative Text and further reading

Worldwide Destinations: The Geography of Travel and Tourism (7th edition).B. Boniface, R. Cooper, C. Cooper ( Routledge)

Guideline for Teaching and learning time
(10 hours per credit)

Lectures / Seminars / Tutorials / Workshops:

Tutorial support includes feedback on assignments and may vary by college according to local needs and wishes.

Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Class preparation / Background reading / Group study / Portfolio / Diary etc

Self managed learning:

Working through the course text and completing assignments as required will take up the bulk of the learning time. In addition students are expected to engage with the tutor and other students and to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.

Assessment methods

Final Examination: 70%
Coursework: 30%