COASTAL AND MARITIME TOURISM
The final exam can be either oral or written. Please note, the format is previously to be agreed with the lecturers of the course.
Written format: One essay-like question (include annotated maps/diagrams where appropriate). Questions will focus on CMT issues as listed in the contents section and according to the reading list in the references section. Duration: 1h30.
Oral Format: PP presentation on a specific topic on CMT issues as listed in the contents section and according to the reading list in the references section. Duration: 30 minutes.
This course aims at critically examining tourism activities and industry in coastal regions and marine spaces, focusing on social, economic and cultural impacts of tourism development in these specific contexts. Various types of tourism -such as ecotourism - in coastal and marine locations will be presented and discussed based on a number of selected case studies (e.g: Venice, the Black Sea; the Caribbean islands; The Red Sea; The Maldives). Moreover, the course will provide critical insights to explore the relationship between tourism economies and performances, socio-spatial practices and environmental issues, and finally it will explore coastal and marine tourism policies, strategies and guidelines as promoted by EU and other institutional agencies.
Geographies of Coastal and Marine Tourism (definitions, facts and figures)
Marine Tourist Destinations and main Trends
Cultural Geographies of Marine Tourist Destinations
European Strategies for Coastal and Maritime Tourism, EU and UNWTO reports analysis
Sustainable Tourism and Blue Economy
Environmental Impacts and Policies of Marine Tourism
Political Ecologies of Marine Tourism
The course will be organized in 3 modules, 21 lessons:
- The first module will initially provide general key concepts, facts and figures on tourism debates and issues. Attention will be focused on cultural, social and political meaning tourism activities produce in coastal and marine areas. By examining a range of case studies drawn from across the world, this module aims to provide conceptual tools, frameworks and categories to understand how coastal and marine tourist destinations are strongly affected by several factors, such as cultural struggles, social transformations and environmental changes.
- The second module will explore discourses presented in selected reports by Eu and UNWTO in order to discuss strategies for coastal and maritime tourism from an institutional perspective. Moreover, attention will be paid to the relation between sustainable tourism and blue economy through scientific articles and case studies that will be discussed among the participants.
- The third module will explore the environmental area of CMT from a political ecology perspective. Scientific papers and selected case studies will be discussed among the participants.
Textbook and teaching resource
● Orams, M. (1999). Marine Tourism: Development, impacts and management. London and New York: Routledge.
● Hall, C. M. (2001). Trends in ocean and coastal tourism: the end of the last frontier? Ocean & Coastal Management, 44(9–10), 601–618.
● Sheller, M., & Urry, J. (2004). Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play. London and New York: Routledge.
● Garrod, B., & Gossling, S. (Eds.). (2008). New Frontiers in Marine Tourism. New Frontiers in Marine Tourism. Oxford: Elsevier.
● Orams, M., & Lück, M. (2012). Marine systems and tourism. In A. Holden & D. Fennell (A C. Di), The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment (pagg. 170–182). London and New York: Routledge.
Please note that additional essays and reports may be provided during lectures.