ECONOMIA E IMPRESADirezione aziendaleAnno accademico 2023/2024

9796143 - TOURISM ECONOMICS

Docente: GIANPIERO TORRISI

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

  1. Knowledge and understanding (Conoscenza e capacità di comprensione). The unit aims to provide knowledge of the main economic aspects related to tourism and their implications for economic growth.
  2. Applying knowledge and understanding (Capacità di applicare conoscenza e comprensione). The unit aims to develop skills in applying information, using appropriate methods, concepts and theories regarding selected economic aspects of tourism and their impacto on growth to the analysis of real-world cases.
  3. Making judgments (Autonomia di giudizio). Successful students will be able to select a proper economic model in order to analyse both theoretical and real-world cases.
  4. Communication skills (Abilità comunicative). Successful students will be familiar with both the terms and the narrative related to the subject. Furthermore, they will be able to communicate to a variety of audiences including experts, practitioners, and the general public.   
  5. Learning skills (Capacità di apprendimento). Successful students will be able to understand which theoretical concept is appropriate to deal with specific problems in the field of tourism economics.

Modalità di svolgimento dell'insegnamento

In-class lectures and seminars held in English.

Please be advised that the actual delivery of the unit might differ from what here stated as a consequence of eventual risk mitigating measures in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Prerequisiti richiesti

A basic background in both microeconomics and macroeconomics is recommended.

Frequenza lezioni

Highly recommended.

Contenuti del corso

Economics of Tourism, Economics of Destinations, Tourism Studies and Other Related Issues. Definitions and Key Concepts. The Economics of Tourism Destinations. The Consumer Theory Applied to the Tourist. Tourism, Development, and Growth. The State Intervention and the Public Organization of Tourism. Sustainable Tourism. 

Testi di riferimento

Candela, G., & Figini, P. (2012). The economics of tourism destinations. In The economics of tourism destinations (pp. 73-130). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Programmazione del corso

 ArgomentiRiferimenti testi
1Introduction: Economics of Tourism, Economics of Destinations, Tourism Studies and Other Related IssuesChapter 1
2On the Research and Teaching of Tourism Economics, Genus and Species Disciplines. Chapter 1
3Tourism Economics: a Species Discipline or a Field of Study?Chapter 1
4The Central Role of Tourism DestinationsChapter 1
5Definitions and Key Concepts: the economics of tourismChapter 2
6The Use of Models in the Economics of TourismChapter 2
7Tourism and the TouristChapter 2
8The Measurement of TourismChapter 2
9The Heterogeneity and Plurality of the Tourism ProductChapter 2
10The Economics of Tourism DestinationsChapter 4
11An Introduction to the Tourism DemandChapter 4
12The Destination as the Core Element of the Tourism SystemChapter 4
13The Pricing Policy of the Destination and its evolutionChapter 4
14The Consumer Theory Applied to the TouristChapter 5
15Purchasing the Tourism Product: the tourism basketChapter 5
16The Choice of the Tourist as a ConsumerChapter 5
17The Purchase of a Package Holiday: the choice between self-organizing and purchasing a holidayChapter 5
18The Purchase of Durable GoodsChapter 5
19Tourism, Development, and GrowthChapter 13
20The Tourism Expenditure MultiplierChapter 13
21Tourism and Regional Development Chapter 13
22The Crowding-Out Effect of TourismChapter 13
23The State Intervention and the Public Organization of TourismChapter 15
24Public Goods and Public Bads in the Tourism ProductChapter 15
25The Externalities in the Tourism ProductChapter 15
26The Taxation of TourismChapter 15
27Sustainable Tourism: environmental and social aspects Chapter 16
28The Evolution of the Relationship Between Tourism and the Environment Chapter 16
29The Carrying Capacity: environmental and social aspectsChapter 16
30Methods of Environmental MonitoringChapter 16
31Guidance on how to write an essay Q&As sectionNeugeboren, R. H. (2005). The student's guide to writing economics. Routledge.

Verifica dell'apprendimento

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

This unit will be assessed by means of two pieces of assessment: an essay and an oral exam. The former consists in a 3000-word essay that examines real-world cases related to the content of the unit. During the oral exam, each student will have the opportunity to discuss her/his own report and will be invited to answer open-ended questions. The report and the oral exam will be weighted equally. The essay will be assessed according to the following criteria: general presentation, grammar, vocabulary, text building, critical thinking, and the use of ICT resources. The oral exam will assess the relevance of the answers with respect to the question, its content, the ability to create proper links to additional topics, the ability to report examples, the use of proper technical language, and the overall communication skills.

Esempi di domande e/o esercizi frequenti

The Demand for Different Types of Tourism. The Pricing Policy of the Destination. The Choice of the Tourist as a Consumer. The Tourism Expenditure Multiplier. The Phases of Tourism Development in a Regional Economy. Adding Tourism to Growth Models. The Evolution of the Relationship Between Tourism and the Environment. Sustainable Tourism. 


English version