Tourism and Events: Core Concepts and Theory

Unit code: BTD6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus


Contemporary tourism is one of the most significant phenomenon in the world today. It is something that is engaged in by many people in the developed world and increasingly in developing countries, and is regarded as an important mechanism for economic development. The aim of the unit is to examine the role of tourism, hospitality and events as a catalyst for destination development and promotion. The unit aims to provide students with a broader understanding of the environment in which events are staged and the integral roles that hospitality and tourism play in the event industry. The unit highlights selected tourism, hospitality and events issues and challenges and give students insights into career choices and activities. It focuses on the evolution of tourism, hospitality and events and their scope and importance, both for the Australian economy and internationally. Students will be equipped with cognitive, technical and creative skills and knowledge to address real-world situations and recommend appropriate actions, strategies and policies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review relevant research literature to enable the construction of a critical research essay;
  2. Conceptually map and clarify relationship between tourism, hospitality and events articulating the connections between the core theories and models and their application;
  3. Analyse the various stakeholders and different tourist industry groups involved and their role in various event planning, management and promotion; and,
  4. Predict how contemporary trends in the tourism, hospitality and events industries, as well as in the visitor economy will impact on the industry now and in the future by making evidence based judgments.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Annotated Bibliography
Grade: 20%
Individual Literature research and analysis process on a topic related to the tourism, hospitality or events industry.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Individual research essay based on the annotated bibliography.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Group report (30%) and Oral presentation (20%) - Compare and contrast the management of two destinations holding a major event based on SWOT analysis.

Required reading

Students will be supplied a list of Recommended Reading via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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