Sustainable Tourism Development

Strengths and challenges of tourism as a tool for sustainable development
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Understand the impact of economic, sociocultural and environmental impact of tourism
Identify the key actors in the sustainable tourism to understand the role and possibilities of each stakeholder to contribute to the development of sustainable tourism
Understand different types of ecotourism, motivation of ecotourists and main principles of this sector of tourism
Identify the main tools required for the sustainable development of tourism


  • No prerequisites are required


The course is intended to introduce students with the concepts of sustainable tourism development, it's patterns, principles and their practical application in tourism management. During the course students will gain an understanding about the strengths and challenges of tourism as a tool for sustainable development. Course helps to form a systematic knowledge about the impacts of the tourism industry on destinations and local communities. Environmental, sociocultural and economic impact including multiplier effect and tourism leakage will be analysed. Students will be introduced with the key actors in the sustainable tourism, their impact and interaction within each other. Students also will be able to understand how sustainable tourism works within different type of tourism sectors and types of tourism. Course will discuss the challenges and impacts of coastal tourism to the sustainable development of the area. During the course students will look into the concept and dimensions of ecotourism, main principles, types of ecotourism and the role of each stakeholder in it.

Who this course is for:

  • Persons involved Tourism Sector

Course content

5 sections17 lectures4h 24m total length
  • Introduction
  • Historical Background and the Nature of Sustainable Tourism
  • The Environmental Dimension of Sustainable Tourism
  • The Economic Dimension of Sustainable Tourism
  • The Social Dimension of Sustainable Tourism
  • Quiz of Module 1
    9 questions


Interreg South Baltic Programme FOCUS project consortium
SB FOCUS project
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  • 8,240 Students
  • 10 Courses

The project involves five partners from Lithuania (2), Sweden (1), Poland (1) and Denmark (1). The partnership is composed of the universities and a business college. The partners are supported by associated partners (biotechnology association, association of distance and e-learning as well as tourist information organisations). The project is led by the Klaipeda University from Lithuania.

The overall idea of the project is to enable the exchange of knowledge and transfer of good practice from R&D sector to practitioners in marine biotechnology, marine/coastal tourism sectors as well as to students searching for education in a given field.