Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Characteristics of World Destinations

Main Topics of Study

Introduction to the Geography of Tourism

  • Leisure, recreation and tourism
  • Geography and tourism
  • Forms of Tourism

The Geography of Demand for Tourism

  • Leisure, recreation and tourism – a basic human right?
  • The demand for tourism – concepts and definitions
  • Effective demand
  • Suppressed demand

The Geography of Resources for Tourism

  • Introduction
  • Resources for tourism
  • Tourism resources at the world scale
  • Tourism resources at the national scale
  • Tourism resources at the local scale

Climate and Tourism

  • Introduction
  • The world climate scene
  • Climate elements and tourism
  • World climate
  • World climate zones

The Geography of Transport for Travel and Tourism

  • Introduction
  • Principles of interaction
  • The elements of transport
  • Transport costs and pricing
  • Transport modes, routes and networks
  • Air transport
  • Surface transport

Introduction to the Geography of Europe

  • Introduction
  • Physical features
  • Cultural features
  • Tourism demand
  • Supply of tourism
  • The organisation of tourism in Europe

Introduction to the Geography of Britain

  • Introduction
  • The physical setting of tourism
  • Change in postwar British society
  • Demand for tourism in British form
  • British residents’ demand for tourism
  • The supply of tourism in Britain

The Tourism Geography of England and the Channel Islands

  • The South
  • The South-West
  • East Anglia
  • The Midlands
  • The North
  • The Offshore Islands

The Tourism Geography of Scotland, Wales and The Isle of Man

  • Scotland
  • Wales

The Tourism Geography of Ireland

  • An introduction
  • The Republic of Ireland
  • Northern Ireland

Scandinavia

  • Introduction
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Iceland

The Benelux Countries

  • Introduction
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg

Central Europe

  • Introduction
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Germany

France

  • Introduction
  • The demand for tourism in France
  • The supply of tourism in France
  • Tourism organisation in France
  • Tourist regions in France

Spain and Portugal

  • Introduction
  • Spain
  • Gibraltar
  • Portugal

Italy

  • Introduction
  • The organisation and supply of tourism
  • Tourism demand
  • Tourism attractions and resources

Malta, Greece and Cyprus

  • Introduction
  • Malta
  • Greece
  • Cyprus

Eastern Europe and The CIS

  • Introduction
  • Tourism resources of Eastern Europe
  • The Czech Republic
  • Slovakia (The Slovak Republic)
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • The Baltic States
  • The Balkan Countries
  • The Republics of the Former Yugoslavia
  • Albania
  • The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

The Middle East

  • Introduction
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey
  • The Arbanian Peninsula
  • Iran & Iraq

Africa and The Islands of the Indian Ocean

  • Introduction
  • North Africa
  • East Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • The Islands of the Western Indian Ocean
  • West Africa
  • Central Africa
  • The Atlantic Islands

South Asia

  • Introduction
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Afghanistan
  • The Maldives
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan

East Asia

  • Introduction
  • South East Asia
  • The Far East

North America

  • Introduction
  • The United States
  • The demand for tourism
  • The supply of resources
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • The regional setting for tourism
  • Canada
  • Tourism resources
  • Transport
  • The regional setting for tourism
  • Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)

Latin America and The Caribbean

  • Introduction
  • The Caribbean Islands
  • Mexico
  • Central America
  • South America

Australasia

  • Introduction
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The Pacific Islands
  • Antarctica

Recommended Reading

Main Text:

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Boniface and Cooper (2016) Worldwide Destinations: The Geography of Travel and Tourism 7th edition

(This text should be used in conjunction with a good atlas to develop awareness of the location of destinations)

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Alternative Text and Further Reading:

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World Travel Guide – (Columbus Press)Relevant Tour Operators’