The growing mobility and motility at national and international levels are having unprecedented sustainability implications for many regions and countries. Tourism is a broad term that includes wide ranging travel purpose such as business, leisure, pilgrimage, special events, and more, while air transport is a key travel mode through which these travels are realised and stimulated. Despite the obvious and accepted view that aviation and tourism are inter-related, aviation and tourism research and education have evolved in relative isolation from one another. This course aims to fill this gap by assisting students develop a broad understanding of one of the fastest growing sectors of an economy, so that students from both aviation and tourism sectors can take a coherent view of their research, analysis, management and policy impacts.
In this course students will develop the capacity to apply economic and geographic concepts and theories to understand air transport and tourism interactions in the context of sustainable development. In so doing, students will be introduced to issues in aeropolitics and tourism access, analytical methods to measure and quantify aviation's tourism impact, the economic geography of airline networks and route development. Select reading and case study materials area available to represent a balance of global and local issues.
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