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HRTM12-220: Sustainable Tourism and Indigenous Culture


The peoples and societies of our world are constantly changing, and often these changes are influenced by what is happening in other countries and in other cultures. All types of human activities create impacts on the people who undertake them and on the places where they are carried out. Tourism is no exception and tourism activities can cause many changes to host destinations and the lives of local people. Tourism can also contribute to the new global agenda known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since the activities of tourism can create changes on a global scale, and since tourism is interconnected with other economic activities (a tourism system), the management of tourism often requires an international input, from governments and various international institutions, such as the World Tourism Organization, various branches of the United Nations, the World Bank and a range of Non-Governmental Organisations and indigenous cultural groups. These organisations can influence the shape and direction of global tourism. On an international, national and local level, it is essential to manage the tourism industry to ensure that it is sustainable over the long-term. The subject is designed to familiarise students with the concepts associated with sustainability, the 'global village' and indigenous cultural interpretation. Key issues relating to the development of tourism, the packaging of tourism products, the use of tourism resources and changing consumer preferences are explored in the context of the overall tourism system. In essence, this subject aims to develop knowledge of how tourism operates in a range of environments and includes an examination of global tourism and the way that indigenous cultures are sustainably developed and packaged to meet the needs of this ever-increasing international demand. The theoretical knowledge will be illustrated through a variety of case studies from around the Pacific Asia region. 

Subject details

FacultyBond Business School
Semesters offered
  • January 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Hotel and Tourism
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the holistic and inter-connected nature of the sustainable development goals, global tourism, and indigenous & tribal cultures
2. Discuss the development, roles and functions involved in the sustainable development of destinations and recognise the conflicts between the various stakeholders involved
3. Analyse the shifting patterns of tourism growth focusing on the political, economic, social, technological and environmental (PESTE) factors with particular emphasis on environmental, cultural and ethical issues involved in tourism development.
4. Evaluate theories and theoretical concepts as they relate to sustainable development and indigenous cultural tourism.


No Prior Knowledge Required

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018