Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning

The Ostelea - School of Tourism and Hospitality International

Program Description

Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning

The Ostelea - School of Tourism and Hospitality International

Sustainable development has become a new paradigm in the 21st Century, in both the public and private sphere, and from an international right down to a local level. In the tourism sector, this paradigm has given rise to the concept of sustainable tourism, which focuses on the environmental, social and economic aspects in this sector.

There is an ever-growing number of public bodies, academic institutions, tourism destinations, companies and international organizations that actively seek to integrate sustainability criteria into their policies.

Ostelea has decided to run a Master program in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning, which is designed to equip professionals and executives to lead the shift towards more sustainable planning and management of tourism activity, whether in public administrations or in the private sector.

Find out about the latest research conducted by Ostelea on “Ecological and Sustainable Tourism in Spain”, which observes and analyses one of the tourism formats that has undergone the greatest growth in recent years.

This program is also conducted in Spanish

Reasons to take the Master

Executive Skills

  • Management Experience: Students develop the key competences for managing projects effectively, Soft Skills.
  • Series of meetings with executives from hotel and restaurant companies, and international tourism consultants.
  • Program for developing executive competences: Tourism Skills Development Program (TSDP).

Fieldwork projects

  • Eight fieldwork projects in experiences in tourism planning in Barcelona: students will visit various sustainable initiatives around the city of Barcelona related to tourism or which are affected by tourism, such as ecological markets and businesses, self-managed community spaces and community gardens, among others.

Employability and Entrepreneurship

  • Students who want to set up their own business have access to the Entrepreneur Project, offering advice and guidance.
  • Employability-focused tuition: Professional Careers programs, Employability Week, Employment Forum, Graduate Programs, among other initiatives (subject to demand).

Other key features

  • International faculty: Some of the contents on certain courses will be taught by lecturers from Ostelea’s partner universities and business schools.
  • Research Group: Members of the Master faculty form part of Ostelea’s Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Group (GRIT-Ostelea), the scientific output of which focuses on the field of international tourism management.
  • Seminars on Hospitality (in the case of Barcelona's programs) and Sustainability(in the case of Madrid's programs).
  • Language: English or French.

Objectives

The Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning will give you the following benefits:

GAIN INSIGHT INTO THE SUSTAINABLE TOURISM INDUSTRY

Acquiring knowledge of tourism destination planning and management with the application of sustainability criteria. Learning the foundations of sustainable regional development, tourism sustainability and its impact on the quality of the destination’s image.

STRATEGIC PLAN DEVELOPMENT

Designing strategies and plans for dynamizing and differentiating tourism products and destinations based on sustainable tourism management, both in well-established and emerging destinations.

REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

Learning the regulatory framework with respect to regional planning at different scales and its impact on the management of tourism destinations.

OPPORTUNITIES

Detecting business opportunities: analysing sustainability as a competitive advantage for designing, promoting and commercializing new tourism products.

TECHNOLOGIES

Discovering and applying information and communications technologies to tourism design and commercialization. Learning to apply the latest methods and techniques for the development and efficient management of tourism products and destinations.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Gaining insight into the environmental impacts of tourism activity for proposing alternatives for sustainable tourism planning and management.

Study Programme

Ostelea’s Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning is divided into 5 modules:

  • Governance and sustainable planning of tourism products and destinations.
  • Sustainable tourism development.
  • Evaluation, management and conservation of natural heritage.
  • Tourism Management of natural heritage from a sustainability perspective.
  • Master’s Thesis

This program has the following features:

  • 60 ECTS - 468 learning hours (in classroom)

o 48 ECTS from signatures

o 12 ECTS from final Master's project

Professional Careers

Ostelea gives its students training designed to enhance employability

To this end, it gives students access to the Tourism Skills Development Program and a selection of services designed to guide and accompany them towards reaching them professional goals. These services include (subject to offer):

  • Professional careers programs (choose one): Employability – Entrepreneurship – Career Transition
  • Talent Week
  • Employment Forum
  • Graduate Program
  • Company Meetings

The Tourism Skills Development Program includes (limited places):

  • Executive skills
  • Public Relations
  • Advanced Excel
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Coaching

Key Professional Opportunities related to this Master include:

Professional Opportunities

  • Director of tourism information, promotion and commercialization.
  • Director of destination programs.
  • Tourism destination planning and management technician.
  • Specific tourism product manager.
  • Tourism product development technician.
  • Natural and cultural heritage management technician.
  • Local development agent.
  • Analyst, consultant or advisor in the tourism sector.

Admission and Qualification Process

Admission

The admission process ensures the candidates’ suitability and, as a result, all of the participants can make the very most of this learning experience.

To begin the admission process, candidates must complete the information request form.

After that, Ostelea gets in contact with the candidate to schedule an interview, to which they must bring the following documentation:

  • University qualification
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English certification or interview in English

After completing the interview, Admissions Committee analyses the applications case by case and notifies the candidate of its decision and informs them of their admission status.

Qualification

Participants that successfully complete the programme will receive a TRIPLE QUALIFICATION:

  • Máster Universitario en Gestión Turística Sostenible de Recursos y Destinos, con especialidad en Patrimonio Natural, from the Universitat de Lleida (OFFICIAL)
  • The qualification of Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning from The Ostelea, School of Tourism & Hospitality. (INSTITUTIONAL)
  • The qualification of Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning from EAE Business School. (INSTITUTIONAL)

Financial Aid Program

Ostelea gives candidates access to grants in the form of financial aid with the aim of providing support for our students.

Each application will be evaluated independently and the grants will be issued during the admission process, with the candidates being notified personally by the Admissions Committee before formalizing enrolment.

Under no circumstances are grants issued that represent 100% of the total enrolment fees.

Financial aid is offered in the following cases:

  • A deposit paid in advance to reserve a place.
  • The candidate’s profile meets the requirements for each program.
  • Former students of the School. In this case, a discount of 25% is applied to the enrolment fees.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 13, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Apr. 2019
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1 year
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15,200 EUR
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Spain - Barcelona, Catalonia
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