GEG 215 - Geography of Tourism Destinations
Geography of tourism destinations is the analysis of human leisure behavior and its socioeconomic impact, and includes the exploration of major tourism attractions and destinations on Earth. This survey course is presented through two major themes: thematic tourism geography and regional tourism geography. Topics include demand and resources for tourism, climate, transportation, spring-break, cruises, all-inclusive resorts, "sin" and "lifestyle" tourism, Rochester's tourism development, and an overview of major travel destinations across the globe. Three class hours. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a social science elective. (SUNY-OWC)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Recognize political units, destinations, and physical features important to the tourism industry.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with the latitude and longitude coordinate system using an atlas.
3. Distinguish major push and pull factors affecting tourism flow.
4. Categorize physical and cultural resources that affect tourism.
5. Contrast advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transport.
6. Distinguish broad climate zones based on latitude, relief, and maritime influence.
7. Design media summarizing pull factors of specific travel destinations.
8. Develop a cohesive individualized vacation plan based on tourist typology.
9. Assess the role of Rochester in local cultural, heritage, and special event tourism.
Course Offered Fall only