Course 2019-2020 a.y.


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)
Course Director:

Classes: 31 (II sem.)

Class-group lessons delivered  on campus

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 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 4 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:

  • Global tourism highlights.
  • Global Tourism megatrends.
  • Foodies and wine lovers: the case of a glocal tourism segment.
  • The impact of ICTs on tourism distribution.
  • From standardization to personalization in the hospitality sector.

Destination management:

  • The key role of destinations in tourism.
  • Attractiveness and competitiveness of tourism destinations.
  • Destination Management Organizations.
  • Destination branding.

Sustainable tourism development:

  • Tourism impacts.
  • A sustainable approach to tourism development.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...

At the end of the course student gains an overview of the tourism sector:

  • Megatrends and global challenges in tourism.
  • New and niche tourism segments.
  • Innovation trends in the tourism industry.
  • The impact of the ICTs on the tourism industry and on tourism destinations.
  • Management and marketing of tourism destinations.
  • Sustainability and green management in tourism.


At the end of the course student will be able to...

At the end of the course student acquires:

  • The basic competences and tools necessary to manage an increasingly complex and globalized industry, such as the tourism one, and will be able to apply them to real cases.
  • The ability to ground strategies in the unique local identities of tourism places.
  • The competencies to develop a real tourism project for a company or a destination.

Teaching methods

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


  • In addition to one-on-one lectures, the course includes distinguished guest speakers by tourism actors, both from private and public bodies, aimed at better understanding the various tourism segments and the characteristics of the main sectorial components.
  • Moreover during the workshop are organized a couple of company visit, usually one within the accommodation sector and a second one at Milan international tourism fair (in order to check some peculiarity of the tourism segments and, at the same time, to be able to compare various attitudes of the tourism demand also along the tourism supply chain).
  • Through the several 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.

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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  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • Peer evaluation
  • Peer evaluation on the group assignement


  • 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: details on the case, guidelines and groups are provided in class. Intermediate in class reviews of the project (tutorships) is scheduled. The assessment of the field project is based both on the effectiveness of the presentation (in front of the class, the instructors and a discussant from the tourism industry) and the quality of the final report. (The evaluation takes into consideration also the results of the peer evaluation).
  • Individual essay (30% of the total grade).
  • Class participation (10% of the total grade).

The evaluations (of the field project and the individual essay) must be sufficient (grade >=18).


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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