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Learn about special interest tourism. This course builds an understanding of opportunities in such things as business tourism, festival tourism, cultural tourism, environmental tourism, senior tourism, food and wine tourism and much more.

Travel to natural attractions has a very long history, and has probably occurred since humans first developed a sense of aesthetics, may even earlier. Travel to these destinations was often arduous, and required determination, courage, a level of fitness, and sufficient wealth to allow the traveller to purchase food, labour, accommodation, transport and other materials for long periods. Today’s traveller, on the other hand, can reach most destinations easily and quickly, and services and facilities are usually readily available at the site or nearby, and he or she need not be fit or wealthy.

With travel to natural sites easier than ever, and travel more generally affordable, the main concern in developing and maintaining natural sites is manage tourism in order to avoid damage to very attraction that draws people there. This issue is discussed further in the lesson on environmental tourism, but it is a significant issue for all kinds of tourism that attracts travellers to places where they can enjoy the sights, smells, sounds and delights of nature.

Course Details

If you are doing the course full time you can complete it in 6 weeks, if you are studying part time then it will take 3-6 months on average to complete the course. Your course will expire after 1 year. You can start the course at any time as it is a self-paced online course.

Course Outline

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Sectors of the Tourism Industry
• Scope of the travel product (natural & cultural, events & sites)

2. Types of Tourism
• Regional
• Rural
• Urban.

3. Accommodation Types
• Resorts and Hotels
• Camping
• Back packers
• Cruise
• Special interest accomodation

4. Cultural Tourism
• Museums
• Art galleries
• Theatre
• Indigenous tourism
• Historic parks
• Cultural vs Heritage tourism
• Religious Tourism

5. Events & Festivals
• Concerts
• Exhibitions
• Performances
• Seminars

6. Environmental Tourism
• Natural Attractions
• Nature Based Tourism
• Definitions
• Wildlife Tourism
• Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism

7. Health & Adventure Tourism
• Health Tourism
• Adventure Tourism
• Walking Tours
• Cycle Tours
• Soft vs Hard Adventure Tourism
• Rock Climbing
• Space Tourism

8. More Special Interest Tourism
• Food & Wine Tourism
• Senior Tourism
• Sex Tourism

9. Visitor Management & Contingency Planning
• Effects of Tourism on the Host Community
• Managing Visitors
• Planning for Contingencies
• Common Problems with Visitor Services
• Risk management (safety, financial, etc)

10. Packaging a Tour
• Planning the Itinerary;
• Costing
• Presenting the Package
• Reviewing the Package

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