Recent Question

Weight: 35% of final grade
Word Limit: 3000 words (+/- 10%)

Due Date: 29th October 5:00 pm (Week 14, Semester 2, 2013)

Students must submit their assignments via SafeAssign and generate text-matching report, and attach to the hard copy submitted through the Library by the due date. Assignments that do not include a text-matching report will not be assessed. Assignments that are not submitted as a hard copy will not be assessed.

This assessment task is designed to encourage students to develop research, and critical thinking skills. The primary competencies addressed are problem solving, critical evaluation, innovation skills, communication, and literacy,.

Assignment Task:

1. Select a city from anywhere in the world to use as a case study for this assessment. The destination you choose MUST be a city (e.g., Brisbane), NOT a region (Southeast Queensland), and NOT a country (Australia).

2. Briefly describe the emergence of destination development and why it is considered an expression of sustainable/responsible tourism development. (Approx. 200 words).

3. Each week in the lectures you should consider the concepts that you are presented with and relate how these theories apply to the destination you have chosen for your assignment. You should not describe these theories, concepts, or approaches to destination management, but rather, explain how these relate to the destination you have chosen as your case study. As a guide you should use the following headings to structure your assignment:

a. Stage of development
b. Approach to destination management
c. System of governance
d. Research undertakings/application of research
e. Tourism Policy & Planning
f. Stakeholders
g. Forms of Tourism
h. Application of sustainability indicators (social, economic, & environmental)
i. Competition and collaboration
j. Destination Marketing
k. Tourism Trends

This is a critical thinking task and is where you must demonstrate your ability to apply theories, concepts, and approaches to destination development to a real world setting. (Approx. 2200 words)

4. Reflecting on what you addressed in the tasks above, summarise the potential (opportunities) for tourism to deliver sustainable/responsible destination development and, in line with global trends, identify constraints that will present the greatest challenges in realising the ideals of sustainability. What processes would you suggest to best overcome these challenges, and why? (Approx. 500 words).

5. Present a brief conclusion. (Approx. 100 words)

Draft Assignment

Weight: 10% of final grade

Format: Bullet point (using template on the following page)

Due Date: In tutorials Week 9 (19th – 20th September), Semester 2, 2013.

Students must bring a printed copy of their draft assignment to the tutorials in Week 9. Students who do not bring a copy of their assignment draft to the tutorial, or who are absent from the tutorial will be awarded a zero grade.


This task will allow students to receive feedback from peers and teaching staff prior to final submission of their assignment.

To benefit from this Assessment you must have been working on your assignment each week, gradually collating information and how this relates to the Assignment tasks. You will be marked in class by your peers, and your draft will then be marked by your tutor who will provide additional feedback and will be the final adjudicator of the grade awarded. Clear marking guidelines will be provided.