Which impacts does tourism have on the social, cultural and spatial characteristics of an area? How do tourists influence and experience places and cultures? How can regional identities be used for tourism planning, and how could tourism contribute to regional development?
You will tackle these questions and study the interactions between tourists, visitors and local communities in detail in the Tourism Geography and Planning track. This track is an optional programme of the Master Cultural Geography.
Tourism is a global phenomenon with important regional and local impacts. Due to the large number of tourist trips and the possible economic influences, tourism development is often seen by policy makers as an important strategy for regional development. Tourism is an important instrument to achieve economic growth and improvement of the quality of life and the standard of living in areas that struggle with a decline in traditional economic sectors.
The Tourism Geography and Planning track offers critical insights into the role of the tourism sector in such liveability and identity questions. It offers international, place-based, critical and research-oriented approaches. You will discuss socio-cultural and spatial perspectives on tourism development, planning theories, research methods and relevant practices of tourism and places in the curriculum.
You will follow the Master track Tourism Geography and Planning in Leeuwarden (RUG/Campus Fryslân). Note that some compulsory and optional courses are offered in Groningen. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences cooperates for the Master track with the School of Tourism Management of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.
The programme stands on the intersection of different geographical specializations
What attracted me to the Master in Cultural Geography and Tourism is how it stands on the intersection of different geographical specializations. By highlighting the links between tourism, cultures and planning in a globally connected world and exploring relevant tourism themes such as heritage, landscapes and cross-border cooperation you become a tourism professional with the capabilities to approach tourism from various perspectives.
I specifically liked how you l earn to bring together the various geographical viewpoints on tourism from a theoretical perspective whilst not ignoring how theoretical concepts are used by organizing company visits, excursions and guest lectures.
Joost Blaakmeer, the Netherlands