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Regional- Local Development & Tourism

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  • Type of Module/Course: Prescribed Stream Module
  • Level of Module / Course: Postgraduate Course
  • Year of Study: 1st
  • Semester: Spring semester
  • Number of credits allocated: 4,5 ECTS
  • Number of teaching units: 3
  • Name of lecturer / lecturers: Ass. Prof. Ioannis Spilanis
  • Content outline:

    The course “Regional-Local Development and Tourism” elaborates further into the basic concepts of tourism development and sustainability that have been already taught in the previous semester. Considering tourism as a means for regional-local development, the course focuses on the ways of tourism measurement and data analysis (based on variables and indicators), its performance, as well as on the impacts entailed on a spatial level for the host destination.. Tourism performance and impacts are identified and analyzed according to the systemic approach, while tourism contribution towards host regions’ development is studied in the framework of economic theories’ tools and international case studies. The theoretical background built, is further supplemented empirically through the active participation of students in the complete assessment and evaluation of tourism activity in a selected host destination.

  • Learning outcomes:

    The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the methods and tools (a) describing and analysing the state (performance) of tourism in a host destination, and (b) evaluating and assessing the effects (direct and indirect impacts) of tourism towards the sustainable development (at regional or local level) of the reception area. A good background knowledge on a destination (overall and tourism-specific) is the prerequisite for any rational planning and effective selection of policy and decision making process. In this context, students develop the synthetic and critical thinking capacities which are necessary when dealing with the multi-scientific field of tourism destination management. At the same time, through the presentation of international best practices, as well as their active and extensive participation in the case study-development, students enhance their ability to deal with real cases and to apply theoretically-taught concepts, methods and tools in practice.

  • Prerequisites:

    No prerequisite courses are necessary.

  • Module Contents (Syllabus):

    Module 1: Concepts & Methodology.
    Module 2: Economic, demographic, environmental performance and impacts of tourism in the reception area.
    Module 3: Tourism as a factor of regional development: possibilities and limits. The sustainability of a tourist destination.
    Module 4: Tourism planning for sustainable tourism development at local level. Ways to improve tourism performance and impacts on a host destination.

  • Recommended Reading:
    Α) Principal Reference:
    • SPILANIS I – VAGIANNI L Tourism and Sustainable Tourism Development (Lecture Notes in Greek)
    • PEPPING G., DE BRUIJN M. (1991), Tourism: emphasis on selective development. An evaluation of tourist types on a regional level with a case study for the Greek island of Alonnisos, Research Paper, Frij University of Amsterdam.
    • SPILANIS I (scientific coordinator) (2007) Tourism Observatory Pref. Chios: Tourism Assessment Study Pref. Chios 2004-6, University of the Aegean – Laboratory for Local and Insular Development & ΕΝΑ Pref. Chios. (in greek)
    • SPILANIS I (scientific coordinator) (2008) Tourism Observatory Pref. Samos: Tourism Assessment Study Pref. Samos 2004-6, University of the Aegean – Laboratory for Local and Insular Development (in greek)
    • SPILANIS I, VAGIANNI L., GLYPTOU K (2009) Profile of Sustainability in some Mediterranean tourism destinations. The evaluating framework of the tourism activity + Annex II Variables, MAP/Blue Plan Eds.
    • SPILANIS I – VAGIANNI L (2009) SIT’s contribution in local insular development, in Soreriades M- Farsari I (Eds) «SITS’s: Planning, Management and Marketing. INTERBOOKS Edition. Athens, 2009, pp.174-197
    • SPILANIS I – VAGIANNI L (2010), Tourism and the Environment, in University of the Aegean Study «Tourism contribution in the Greek Economy/Society & Policy Propositions for Tourism Development», SETE Editions, p. 15. (in greek)
    • SPILANIS I – VAGIANNI L (2010), Tourism Results and Impacts Assessment at local level: the case of Samos, in University of the Aegean Study «Tourism contribution in the Greek Economy/Society & Policy Propositions for Tourism Development», SETE Editions, p. 16. (in greek)
    • SPILANIS I, (2012) Profile of Sustainability in some Mediterranean Tourist Destinations. Towards of a quality label for Mediterranean tourism. Plan Bleu, Valbonne. (Blue Plan Papers 12)
    Β) Additional References:

    Module 1:

    • BRIASSOULIS H. (2001) Sustainable development and its indicators: Through a (Planner’s) Glass Darkly. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 44(3). pp. 409-427.
    • BUHALIS D. (1999) Tourism on the Greek Islands: Issues of peripherality, competitiveness and development. International Journal of tourism research. 1. pp. 341-358.
    • GIANNIAS D. (1999) Regional tourism industry indices and the allocation of the European Union and state funding: the case of Greece. International Journal of tourism research. 1, pp. 401-412.
    • GORTAZAR L., MARIN C. (1999) Tourism and Sustainable Development: from theory to practice – the island experience, Gobierno de Canarias – Insula, Spain, pp. 9-16.
    • KANDELAARS P. (1997) A Dynamic Simulation Model of Tourism and Environment in the Yucatan Peninsula, Interim Report, international Institute for Applied Systems, IR-97-18/ April, Austria.
    • JOHNSEN J., UMBACH-DANIEL A., SCHNELL K. (2003) Monitoring system for sustainable tourism in Swiss Alpine Regions. Tools for regions to act on their own initiative. 43rd Congress of the European Regional Science Association. Finland.
    • UNEP (1996) Μέθοδοι και εργαλεία για τις μελέτες συστημικής ανάλυσης και ανάλυσης προοπτικών στη Μεσόγειο. Σειρά Τεχνικές Εκθέσεις Ν. 115. UNEP, Plan Bleu. Sophia Antipolis.
    • UNEP (2005), Dossier on tourism and sustainable development in the Mediterranean, MAP Technical Reports Series no 159, PNUE/PAM Athens
    • SPILANIS I. (2003) Tourism & Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean: the case of Greece. UNEP. (in greek)

    Module 2:

    • McELROY J. (2003) Tourism development in small islands across the world. Geogr. Ann. 85 B (4). p.p. 231-242.
    • SMEETS E., WETERINGS R. (1999) Environmental indicators: typology and overview. European Environmental Agency. Copenhagen.
    • SPILANIS I., VAGIANNI L. KARAGKOUNIS G. (2005), Comparative Assessment of bird-watching and mass tourism in the island of Lesvos-Greece. 5th Mediterranean Conference in Tourism Sociology, Thessaloniki, September 22-24. (in greek)

    Module 3:

    • COCCOSSIS H. (2001) Defining, measuring and evaluating carrying capacity in European tourism destinations. Final Report. Athens.
    • COCCOSSIS H. (2002) Defining, measuring and evaluating carrying capacity in European tourism destinations. Material for a document. Laboratory of Environmental Planning. University of the Aegean. Athens.
    • EC (2002) Early warning system for identifying declining tourist destinations, and preventive best practices. European Communities. Austria.
    • SPILANIS I., VAGIANNI L. (2002) Sustainable Tourism and Carrying Capacity in sensitive insular ecosystems. Conference “Assessment Methods of Carrying Capacity and Visitors Management in protected areas”. WWF Hellas. Αθήνα.(in greek)
    • SPILANIS I. (2000) Tourism & Regional Development: The case of Aegean Islands, in P. Tsartas (eds). Tourism Development – Multiscientific Approaches. Athens: Exandas Editions pp. 149-187. (in greek)

    Module 4:

    • MARTIN VALLES D. (2001) Improving the quality of the tourist products. European Commission.
    • UNEP (2005), Making tourism more sustainable. A guide for policy makers
    • WALL G. (1997) "Is Ecotourism Sustainable?" Environmental Management, Springer – Verlag New York Inc., Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 483-491.
    • SPILANIS I., VAGIANNI L. (2004) Sustainable Tourism: Utopia or necessity? The role of SIT’s in the islands of the Aegean Region. Στο Bill Bramwell (ed) Coastal Mass Tourism. Diversification and Sustainable Development in Southern Europe. Channel View Publications. Great Britain. p.p. 269-291.
  • Learning activities and Teaching Methods:

    On site live lecturing is the main teaching method of the course. The learning process is further enhanced by the mandatory participation of students in a case study of tourism recording and evaluation on selected host destination.

  • Assessment/Grading Methods:

    Assessment Method comprises on:

    1. three case-study related group assignments and presentations, accounting for 3 * 10% on the final grade,
    2. the final written group-assignment accounting for 15% on the final grade, and
    3. a full module material written examination accounting for 55% on the final grade.
    4. Active participation both in lectures and case study is also taken into account, influencing the final grade.
  • Language of Instruction: Greek
  • Mode of delivery: Face to face
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