Insegnamento a.a. 2020-2021


Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OBS  |  SECS-P/06)
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Classes: 31 (II sem.)

Suggested background knowledge

This workshop is primarily addressed to CLEACC students. Other students interested in attending the course as an elective should have a strong interest in tourism and development.

Mission & Content Summary


The workshop introduces students to the global trends and key economic, socio-cultural and environmental challenges characterizing tourism nowadays. It provides an overview of the tourism sector and introduces the competences and tools necessary to manage an increasingly complex and globalized industry where, however, the ability to ground strategies in the unique local identities of tourism places is essential. Territorial aspects and issues related to destination competitiveness and sustainability represent a relevant perspective for understanding tourism. Through a mix of theory, case studies, and guest speakers the workshop allows students to directly face the challenges of a very dynamic sector.


Lectures covers 3 areas of study:

Tourism basics:

  • The tourism system: principles and definitions.
  • The tourism market.
  • Tourism demand segments.
  • The key industries of the tourism sector.

Demand and supply megatrends and challenges:

  • Tourism highlights.
  • Global tourism megatrends and Glocal tourism strategies
  • The impact of e-travel.
  • From standardization to personalization of tourism experiences.

Destination development and management:

  • The key role of destinations in tourism.
  • Attractiveness and competitiveness of tourism destinations.
  • Destination Management and DMOs.
  • Tourism impacts and sustainable tourism development.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Gain an understanding of the most relevant megatrends and global challenges in tourism.
  • Identify innovation trends in the tourism industry.
  • Understand the impact of the ICTs on the tourism industry and on tourism destinations.
  • Tackle key issues in management and marketing processes of tourism destinations.
  • Appreciate and understand sustainability issues and green management practices in tourism.


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Identify the proper theoretical frameworks and tools necessary to manage an increasingly complex and globalized industry, such as the tourism one
  • Apply them to real cases and confront international best practices.
  • Ground compettiive and sustainable strategies in the unique local identities of tourism places.
  • Develop hands-on abilities on a real tourism project for a company or a destination.

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Online lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Company visits
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments


  • The corse mixes lectures and interventions of distinguished guest speakers, both from private and public bodies, aimed at better understanding the various tourism segments and the characteristics of the main sectorial components of tourism. With the same porpouse, company visits are organized through the course (if feasibile, depending on COVID restrictions over the semester).
  • Through case studies analyzed and discussed in an active way in class, traditional as well as online practices are pointed out to get deeper into practical experiences. Students are welcome and encouraged to give their proactive contribution.
  • An important role is played by the group assignement (field project) which allows the students to put in practice the the tools and the methodological skills previously tought.
  • The individual assignment is meant to gain a deeper understanding of the current tourism academic research.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
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  • Peer evaluation


  • Group field project (60% of the total grade): the field project is a group work on a specific task that allows students to apply what learnt in class to a real case. Intermediate in class reviews of the project (tutorships) are scheduled. The assessment of the field project is based both on the effectiveness of the presentation and the quality of the final report.
  • Individual essay (40% of the total grade): the individual essay is meant to introduce students to the relevant tourism literature (both academic and trade) and allow them to explore proper conceptual and empirical issues associated with current tourism issues.


Both the evaluations must be sufficient (grade >=18).

Detailed guidelines for both the field projet and the individual assignment are provided in class.


Written exam (100% of the total grade):

  • Type: open questions/short essay answers.
  • Questions on the materials for non attending students.

Teaching materials


The reading list is provided in the syllabus at the beginning of the course. It includes readings from academic journals, reports, and slides/other class materials.


In accordance with intellectual property rights rules, different materials are available in different ways


  • On the Bocconi Bboard platform of the course
  • On the ad hoc web course reserve, provided by the Library


  • J. FLETCHER, A. FAYAL, D. GILBERT, S. WANHILL, Tourism: Principles and Practice, Pearson, 2017, 6 ed.
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