Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course examines tourism planning as both a process and as a set of techniques for sustainable tourism development. Tourism is a dynamic industry sector which is heavily influenced by political forces and their policies. Public policy determines the manner in which the tourism industry exists within communities and operates in the marketplace as it guides industry practice, tourism planning and development. To develop sustainable patterns within the tourism sector requires knowledge of the processes of policy development, stakeholder involvement, questions of implementation and the consequences thereof. In this course you will evaluate public and private sector roles relating to the nature of tourism development in specific settings, and its parameters and constraints. You will study the physical environment of strategic planning, and the social, cultural and political contexts of tourism planning and policy making. This course is designed to develop both professional knowledge and skills in tourism policy-making processes, strategic tourism planning and the evaluation of tourism plans and policies from local, national and international industry perspectives.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Define and explain key concepts and issues concerning sustainable tourism planning, tourism public policy and tourism management;

2. Critically evaluate several important tourism planning approaches and models;

3. Identify key stakeholders involved in tourism planning and policy-making;

4. Assess government and industry roles and responsibilities in tourism planning and policy-making;

5. Critically analyse and evaluate tourism planning and policy approaches;

6. Compare and contrast planning and policy approaches to tourism undertaken in selected countries and regions

7. Communicate the connections between theory and research and current issues and practices in Sustainable Tourism Planning in an industry-accepted form of communication


Topics will include, but are not restricted, to:

  1. Values Trends and Practices in Tourism planning
  2. Comparing National Tourism Policies and Planning approaches
  3. Local and regional Tourism Policy and Planning
  4. International Tourism development

Assumed knowledge

30 Units of TOUR or LEIS courses.

Assessment items

Log / Workbook: Log/Workshop Workbook

In Term Test: In term test

Written Assignment: Briefing Paper

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.