Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM9008 (AF:331275 AR:176866)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
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The course is among the obligatory degree courses in the Intercultural Development of Tourism Systems programme. It aims to provide students with theoretical concepts, models and tools to understand the systematic nature of tourism. On this basis, the course will define the theoretical framework, review the most recent scientific literature, and in particular look at their implications in terms of analyzing the tourism supply and consumer's role in this context. The course will provide students with foundations for the construction of integration strategies between tourist hospitality companies and the complementary services sector, such as cultural and environmental services, the promo-marketing of new tourism products, and the use of ICT for the development of destination tourism systems. The course proceeds to outline the most important consequences in terms of management and governance of a destination. These topics will then be completed and complemented by the second part of the course.
1. Knowledge and understanding
• To know and represent the strategic and systemic relations of a tourist destination through theoretical models
• Understanding new approaches and visions useful for deciphering the dynamics of tourism supply and consumption
• Understand the reasons behind strategies for integrating the tourist offer and the intersectoral development of a tourist destination
2. Apply the knowledge and understanding acquired
• Knowing how to recognize and analyze the relationships between the actors of the tourism systems that co-participate in tourism supply and consumption
• Knowing how to identify the economic characteristics and development potential of tourism systems
• Knowing how to use the tools and strategies useful for the management of tourism products and services, including in relation to globalization processes
• Knowing how to identify lines of intervention to support the integration of tourism, including through the use of ICT
3. Sound judgment
• To associate economic theories with certain tourism development strategies
• Being able to critically evaluate the aptitude of a destination in the management of its tourism products and services in order to pursue a competitive, intercultural and sustainable tourism
A knowledge of the principles of Tourism Economics is advisable
Tourist systems: the theoretical framework of reference, limits and recent extensions of the systemic vision
Internal and external economies of the tourism system
Tourist demand, supply, and network
Inter-organizational forms and contracts
Models of integration of the tourist offer
Cross-sector interventions strategies for the qualification of the tourist offer and the promotion of new tourism products;
The role of ICT in the development of tourism systems
Compulsory literature:
1) The course text book is "Economia del turismo e delle destinazioni", seconda edizione, 2010, Mac Graw Hill.Guido Candela, Paolo Figini, chapters 3,8 e 11.
2) other materials (slides and articles) published on the MOODLE e-learning platform
Attending students (optional):
The final mark is given by the sum of the scores obtained in the following tests:
- (from 0 to 4 points) presentation in the form of a working group of an essay / article that will be explained in detail in the first lecture
- (from 0 to 26 points) written exam consisting of 2 open questions on the topics covered during the lectures
Optional possibility to improve the final grade through an oral exam focused on the theoretical part presented during the lectures (in case the student fails the oral exam, the originally obtained grade can be canceled).

Attending Student/ Non-attending students/ other exams:
Written exam consisting of 4 open questions aimed at examining the understanding of the topics covered in chapters 3, 8 e 11 of the course textbook and the materials published on Moodle.
An example of a written exam will be uploaded to the Moodle platform. (Non-attending students can e-mail their lecturer to obtain the access key)
The course is organized as follows:
a) theoretical lectures
b) discussion of case studies in the form of a working group
c) discussion of papers presented during lectures
The teaching materials will be available on the Moodle platform, published with the respective topics of the class and accompanied by an introduction that will helps students to understanding the course syllabus.
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments

Ca' Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Natural capital and environmental quality" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 21/04/2020