This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to organise and operate tourism activities with minimal negative environmental and social impact.  The emphasis of this unit is on short-term operational action planning and implementation, and does not include a strategic management focus.

The unit applies to the tour operations, cruise, attractions, and holiday parks and resort sectors, and to those working in senior operational or supervisory roles.  This could include senior guides or activities coordinators, or owner-operators of small tourism organisations.  The unit is particularly relevant to those who provide tourism experiences in environmentally sensitive areas, including nature or ecotourism-based experiences.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - organise and operate tourism activities with minimal negative environmental and social impact in at least two different environments, one of which must be in an environmentally sensitive area, and; - develop and use minimal impact procedures for activities in above tourism and operating environments.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - global environmental issues, in particular a layperson understanding of the science associate; - environmental and social impacts of tourism in relation to global environmental issues, in particular impacts on sites and communities; - issues of responsibility for environmental and social sustainability; - practical sustainability considerations for tourism operations; - laws, regulations and land management requirements and guidelines; - minimal impact techniques and procedures in relation; - biophysical and socio-cultural elements in an environment and the relationship between them; - changes in the natural environment requiring monitoring, and; - information collection techniques for monitoring environmental and social impact.

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