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GIS in Tourism and Recreational Planning


The is an online course that can only be taken as part of the master´s programmes given by our department.

Course content

In this course you will explore theoretical and practical concepts of sustainable tourism planning in natural areas and how GIS may facilitate the planning and management of tourism.

We explore:

  • A simplified Tourism Decision Support System (TDSS) and how such a system can be linked to a GIS.
  • Theories, concepts and conflicts regarding sustainable tourism in relation to natural area ecology.
  • Spatial sensitivity analysis based on a natural area’s physical and biological properties with respect to ecological sensitivity.
  • Visualization and analysis of tourism impact.

Teaching methods

This course contains practical exercises using GIS as well as theoretical exercises and based on course literature and/or scientific articles.


The literature for this course consists of a course book + selected scientific articles and reports.

Course book

Natural Area Tourism: Ecology, Impacts and Management
David Newsome, Susan A Moore, Ross K Dowling
Edition, Dec 2012.
ISBN: 9781845413811

Detailed instructions and chapters to read can be found here (prinbtable pdf).

For this course you can borrow and read the course book as an E-book (max 3 days each time) or read it online:

Course coordinator

Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Spring
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS, including 30 ECTS in GIS, equivalent to GISA21 and GISA22
Technical prerequisites: PC with Windows 7 or better; Internet connection

Course syllabus (pdf, 221 kb, new window)
Reading list (pdf, 71 kb, new window)

For current students