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Sustainable Tourism Practices

Semester One 2013

Welcome to this Sustainable Tourism Course for Semester 1, 2013. Its a brand new course and has been developed because of the subjects importance in a succesful future for the Travel and Tourism industries in New Zealand and Globally. An understanding of the principles and the successful application of these will ensure that the tourism industry grows and develops in harmony with our Economic, Cultural and Natural Environments. 

I look forward to meeting you all this week.

John Grant

Course Aims

This 15 credit course will provide students with the opportunity to understand, or build upon their basic knowledge of, sustainability within a tourism business (practices) context. It will look at the responses of tourism businesses to the global and domestic sustainable challenges the industry of tourism is facing and their ability to meet the challenges presented.


Sustainable Tourism Practices is a Level 6 paper and forms part of the Diploma in Applied Travel and Tourism and the tourism major for the Bachelor in Applied Management.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and examine sustainability in a tourism context
  2. Identify and analyse the complexity and challenges of sustainability in tourism
  3. Discuss and evaluate the implementation of sustainable practices for all sectors of tourism
  4. Discuss the future focus for sustainable practice in relation to the tourism industry and enterprises

Course staff

Lecturer: John Grant

Office: D122



Appointment times must be made either by email (directly) or through SAB administration staff.

Delivery Details

Classroom: Monday - 10.00 - 12.00 noon (all semester)

Course Participation

To ensure your success in this course, participation in all class sessions is highly recommended.

As a matter of courtesy please inform administrative staff and/or your lecturer prior to class if you are unable to attend. Some students eg. international students, may have contractural obligations regarding their attendance which we are required to provide to the relevant government agencies.

You must advise in writing by letter, or by using the form available from the SAB reception, if you intend to withdraw from the course.

Supporting Resources

  • Wikieducator - course wiki
  • Sustainable Tourism - web log
  • Library
  • Internet


Note: Whenever you use ideas written by someone else in your assessments, you must acknowledge the source of this material. Is is crucial that you understand the importance of respecting the intellectual property of other writers and researchers. All sources must be referenced using American Psychological Association (APA) format. If you do not ackenowledge the material correctly, where interntional or otherwise , you are guilt of plagiarism which is considered a dishonest practice with disciplinary outcomes which range from losing part a percentage of your marks (or a resit) to failure of the paper. Tutorials to help with referencing and integrating academic literature into your work will be held near the beginning of the semester. You are expected to attend both training sessions. We encourage you to go tho the Learning Centre should you require assistance with any aspect of referencing and/or academic writing.

Assessment Integrity

Deadlines for assessment will be enforced and late submissions penalised. Ten percent will be subtracted for each day by which the assignment is late.

Extensions will be granted in only two circumstances:

  • medical grounds (a medical certificate is required)
  • compassionate grounds

You must apply for an extension before the due date by filling in an Extension form available from administration staff and then negotiating a date for submitting your assessment with the lecturer(s) concerned.

Programme Award