The Economics of Sustainable Tourism

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The course aims to critically explore how tourism economic development can move closer to a sustainable ideal from a firm economic analytic anchor. Grounded in economic theory and application it analyses tourist’s satisfaction and impacts of tourism on the host community, investigates the productivity of the industry and identify factors which could increase economic and sustainable development such as trade relationships. It offers further insight into how destinations sustainability can be measured, economic benefits of a more sustainable destination and sets the agenda for future research. The course emphasizes on sustainability issues that affect the tourism industry and the range of tourism developments designed to maintain environmental, social and economic well-being of natural, built, and cultural resources.