• Length:
    7 Weeks
  • Effort:
    2–3 hours per week
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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Do you want to learn about an industry that is dynamic, fun, evolving, and always challenging? At its peak, tourism supported over 300 million jobs globally and in 2018 generated US$1.65 trillion in international receipts.

By taking this course, developed around one of the world's premier destinations, Queensland in Australia, you will experience challenges, and solutions, reflective of the ever-changing global tourism and travel industry. Tourism is an aspiration for millions of people globally, and has proven to be a highly resilient sector, which is vital to many economies.

This course will provide you with substantive insights into the management challenges facing destinations and operators. It will show you the proper steps to follow forresearch-informed resolutions. The course comprises seven modules, with each module co-delivered by two or more expert academics. Developed in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, the statutory marketing authority for tourism in Queensland, several modules have been shot on-location across Queensland's premier tourism destinations. The course features case studies of leading tourism and hospitality companies and interviews with prominent industry professionals. In addition, you'll hear from public sector officials representing government, peak industry bodies, destination management and marketing organisations, hotels and resorts, attractions, tour operators, transport and local communities.

Eleven leading academics share their expertise taking the learner through a visceral journey of self-discovery and exploration of various aspects of tourism planning, management of services and experiences, the changing role of technology in decision-making, and management of workforce and risk in tourism.

The course is particularly designed for:

  • Professionals working in the tourism (hospitality, events, sport and leisure) industries
  • Students learning about these industries for the first time
  • Individuals who have an avid interest in tourism

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What you'll learn

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  • Understand the complexity of challenges faced by the tourism industry
  • Examine tourism and travel management principles
  • Create resolutions and strategies to address tourism issues and challenges

Meet your instructors

Sara Dolnicar
ARC Laureate Fellow
The University of Queensland
Sally Driml
Lecturer in Tourism Management
The University of Queensland
Sheranne Fairley
Senior Lecturer
The University of Queensland
Karen Hughes
Associate Professor
The University of Queensland

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Learner testimonials

"I had a great time doing this MOOC. I’ve done other MOOCs, not only in edX but also other learning platforms and I must admit this MOOC was for sure one of the best. Thanks not only to the classes and the activities but also because it made me discover and challenge myself. " -- Previous Learner

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