Sustainable tourism (GEST804_MDTCY)

Volume horaire

CM : 20h


Coordinatrice de la matière : Naida CULSHAW Lieu de la formation : Joceb Bellecombette

Période d’enseignement : S2 


This course introduces the concepts and principles associated with sustainable tourism development, emphasizing on their implications for management and planning purposes. Topics to be addressed include: concept, justification and evolution of sustainable development; socio-cultural, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable tourism; positive and negative impacts of tourism development; and the role of tourists in developing and maintaining sustainability.

  • Understand the philosophy, scope and principles of sustainable development.

  • Define sustainable tourism: from mass tourism to nature-based tourism, eco-tourism, responsible tourism,

    and sustainable tourism; nature and scope of sustainable tourism.

  • Compare and contrast differences in and rationale for conventional “mass” tourism versus “alternative tourism. ”

  • Provide an overview of tourism sectors and their impacts: tour operators, transport, hospitality

  • Internalize the holistic (e.g., variety of actors involved, inter-dependence), dynamic and long-term nature of

    sustainable tourism.

  • Identify strategies to mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts of tourism within a holistic approach.

  • Evaluate and explain the challenges and opportunities encountered in implementing sustainable tourism management principles in such subsectors as accommodation, transportation, and tour operations.


Compétences acquises

  • -  Describe the holistic and interrelated dimensions of sustainability.

  • -  Discuss and critically reflect upon the relationship between sustainability and tourism development.

  • -  Understand ways to be globally engaged in developing and/or improving sustainability in tourism

  • -  Summarize and discuss essential ideas of the assigned readings with criticism and insight.

  • -  Identify good practices in visitor management for sustainable tourism.Plan and manage own time to achieve

    a specific objective.

  • -  Improve analytical and critical thinking as well as their communication skills. 


  1. Level of English proficiency sufficient for understanding course material and participating in discussion and exercises. 

Plan du cours

  1. No textbook is required for this course. Required readings for each class will be sent as a PDF file via email based on the course plan (provided at the end of this document). Other course materials, such as case studies or videos may also be required for specific topics; their web links will also be made available via email. 


  1. Tourism, Recreation and Sustainability: Linking Culture and the Environment By S McCool, School of Forestry, University of Montana, R N Moisey, November 2008, Chapter 1

    Sustainable Tourism for Development Guidebook (2013) Prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the financial support of the European Commission (EC)

    Engaging Events: How to Use Live Interaction Technology to Create Successful, Memorable and Enduring Experiences, E-book, Event Manager Blog:

    Nistoreanu P., Dorobanţu M.R., Tuclea E. C., (b), (2011). "The Trilateral Relationship Ecotourism – Sustainable Tourism – Slow Travel Among Nature In The Line With Authentic Tourism Lovers," Journal of tourism, "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration, Economy and Tourism Department, vol. 11, pp. 34-37

Can large-scale tourism ever be sustainable? (online article) -

Is it possible to combine mass tourism with alternative forms of tourism: the case of Spain, Greece, Slovenia and

Croatia. DR Loizos Christou, College of Tourism and Hotel Management, Nicosia, Cyprus
Bye, Bye Barcelona (documentary), Director: Eduardo Chibás, 2014 :

Making visitors mindful : principles for creating sustainable vistor experiences through effective communication by Gianna Moscardo, 1999, Sagmore, ISBN# 978-1-57167-259-9

Dolnicar, S, Crouch, GI and Long, P, Environment-friendly tourists: what do we really know about them?, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 16 (2), 197-210.

Tourist Motivation and Behavior: In Search of the Tourist : ‘Green Passport’ Campaign developed within the framework of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism

Development (ITF- STD).
PATA Traveller's Code, Pacific Asia Travel Association Sustainable Tourism Committee, April 13, 2002. 

Diplômes intégrant ce cours

En bref

Crédits ECTS : 3

Méthode d'enseignement
En présence

Langue d'enseignement


UFR, Écoles, Instituts


Isabelle Frochot

Tél : +33 4 79 75 84 04

Email : Isabelle.Frochot @

Naida Culshaw

Tél : +33 4 79 75 85 85

Email : Naida.Culshaw @


  • Chambéry (domaine universitaire de Jacob-Bellecombette - 73)