Unit 7 Sustainable Tourism Development

HND Assignment Brief

Session: February 2015

Programme title
Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Travel and Tourism Management

Unit number and title

Sustainable Tourism Development

Assignment number & title

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Unit Leader

Assessor (s)

Issue Date

13 Oct 2015

Final assignment

28/12/15 to 09/01/16

submission deadline

11-16 Jan 2016

The learners are required to follow the strict deadline set by the College for

Late submission deadline

submissions of assignments in accordance with the BTEC level 4 – 7

submission guidelines and College policy on submissions. They should

also refer to Merit and Distinction criteria that require evidence of meeting

agreed timelines and ability to plan and organise time effectively without

which the learner may not expect to receive a higher grade.

Resubmission deadline


This assignment may have an in-class presentation or test towards

meeting Merit or Distinction criteria.

Remark and Feedback

In-class feedback will be available from draft submissions on a

task-by-task basis as a formative feedback and also for initial submission.

Final feedback will be available within 2 – 3 weeks of the assignment

submission date.



       The work you submit must be in your own words. If you use a quote or an illustration from somewhere you must give the source.

       Include a list of references at the end of your document. You must give all your sources of information.
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 College of Technology and Management

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Travel and Tourism Management (QCF)

Unit 7: Sustainable Tourism Development (L5)
Session: September 2015


Recommended Word Count: 3,000

You are strongly advised to read “Preparation guidelines of the Coursework Document” before answering your assignment.

Assignment Context and Scenario

You will need to choose a tourist destination, preferably a country anywhere in the world with a well-established Tourism sector.

You, as an international tourism consultant, have been asked to assess indicators for sustainable tourism development for the selected country and to make some recommendations for future development of this tourist destination. As a specialist in the area of Tourism development, you have ideas for your investigation and you may need to examine the tourism potential in general and gather relevant information, including the current situation as a tourist destination.

You will also need to consider the concept of sustainability in tourism planning and development and analyse the relevant national and regional policy issues in order to integrate sustainability concept in the process. You may need to examine the impacts of tourism development in general with a focus on the economic, social/cultural and environmental consequences.

What you must do:

You will need to summarise your findings and recommendations into a report based on the five assignment task given below. All your answers should be focused on the case study scenario whenever possible.

Task 1

1.1          Identify and discuss how different stakeholders would benefit from tourism development planning with reference to the chosen country (P1.1).

1.2          Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of public-private sector partnerships in tourism planning and development at the chosen destination (P1.2).

Ø  M 1: Demonstrate that you have approached to study and research the public-private partnership arrangement in tourism development in the chosen country effectively (This is related to P 1.2 above).

Task 2

2.1  Outline the key steps of tourism development planning process and analyse the features at different levels such as local authority and national levels using your case study destination. (P2.1)

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2.2  Explain interactive planning and evaluate the significance of interactive planning systems and processes in tourism development in the chosen destination. (P2.1)

2.3  Explain tourism impacts and evaluate a range of methods to measure those impacts (consider all three impacts such as economic, social and environmental) (P2.3)

Ø  M 2: Relevant theories and techniques are applied in explaining, analysing and measuring tourism impacts in the case study destination (related to P2.3).

Ø  D 1: Conclusion on the significance of interactive planning in tourism development at different level has been drawn through synthesis of ideas with justification (related to P2.1).

Task 3

3.1  Justify the concept of sustainability in tourism development in the chosen country(P3.1)

3.2  Discuss why sustainability is an issue through the analysis of factors that may prevent/hinder sustainable tourism development your chosen country. (P3.2)

3.3  Identify and analyse the various stage of sustainable tourism development planning with example drawn from the case study destination. (P3.3)

Ø  D 2: Plan, manage and organise substantial activities and research in carrying out a class presentation on the issues and challenges of sustainable tourism development (related P3.1 and 3.2).
Ø  M 3: On the proposed class presentation of task 3.1 and 3.2, appropriate methods of communication used effectively

Task 4

4.1  Examine the issues of conflict of interests and evaluate the methods of resolving a conflict of interests to ensure the future wellbeing using examples from your case study destination. (P 4.1).

4.2  Analyse the implications sustainable tourism development for balancing supply and demand in your chosen destination. (P 4.2)

4.3  Evaluate the moral and ethical issues of developing and promoting enclave tourism with examples.(P 4.3)

Ø  D 3: Being able to be receptive and impartial to new ideas of resolving conflict of interest in developing sustainable tourism (related to P4.1).

Task 5

5.1  Compare current issues related to tourism development at your chosen destination and an emerging destination of your choice where the impacts of tourism are different (P 5.1)
5.2  Evaluate, with recommendations, the future development of tourism in both destinations (P5.2)

Ø  D 3: applied effective thinking and show evidence of receptiveness to new ideas and originality in recommending (related to P 5.2)

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Relevant Information

1.         Outcome of the Unit

On successful completion

Assessment criteria for pass:


To achieve each outcome a learner must demonstrate;
reflecting the

this unit a learner will:


L01. Understand the

Discuss how stakeholders can benefit from planning with

Rationale for planning in the

reference to a current case study (P1.1)
Task 1

Travel and Tourism Industry

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of

public/private sector tourism planning partnerships drawing on

a current example (P1.2)

L02. Understand different

Analyse features of Tourism Development Planning at

approaches to tourism

different levels (P2.1)
Task 2

Planning and development

Evaluate the significance of interactive planning systems

and processes in tourism developments (P2.2)

Evaluate different methods available to measure tourist

impact (P2.3)

L03 Understand the need for

Justify the introduction of the concept of sustainability in

planning for Sustainable
Task 3

tourism development (P3.1)


Analyze  factors that  may prevent  hinder  sustainable

tourism development (P3.2)

3.3 Analyse different stages in planning for sustainability (P3.3)

L04. Understand current

Evaluate methods of resolving a conflict of interests to

issues related to tourism

ensure the future well-being of a developing tourism destination

development planning


Analyse the implications of balancing supply and demand
Task 4

Evaluate the moral and ethical issues of enclave tourism

LO5 Understand the
5.1. Compare current issues associated with tourism

socio-cultural, environmental
development in a developing country and an emerging

and economic impacts of
destination where the impacts of tourism are different (P5.1)
Task 5

tourism in developing
5.2 Evaluate, with recommendations, the future development of

countries and emerging
tourism in both destinations (P5.2)


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2.         Grading Criteria for Merit and Distinction of this coursework

Merit (M1, M2, M3)

Distinction (D1, D2, D3)
Indicative characteristics
Indicative characteristics
M1 Effective
D1 Take

approach to study
research has been applied.
responsibility for
Substantial activities, projects or

managing and
investigations have been planned,

organising activities
managed and

M2 Present and
D2 Use critical

reflection to evaluate
Conclusions have been arrived at
appropriate findings

own work and justify
through synthesis of ideas and

A  range  of  sources  of
valid conclusions
have been justified

information has been used

M3 Select/design
Communication is

D3 Demonstrate
Effective thinking has taken place
and apply
appropriate for audiences

and appropriate media
eative thinking
Receptiveness to new ideas and
have been used

originality is evident

3.  Preparation guidelines of the Coursework Document

a.    All coursework must be word processed.
b.    Document margins must not be more than 2.54 cm (1 inch) or less than 1.9cm (3/4 inch).
c.    Font size must be within the range of 10 point to 14 point including the headings and body text (preferred font size is 11).
d.    Standard and commonly used type face such as Arial should be used.

e.    All figures, graphs and tables must be numbered.
f.     Material taken from external sources must be properly refereed and cited within the text using Harvard standard
g.    Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.
h.    Word limit must be strictly followed.

4.  Plagiarism and Collusion

Any act of plagiarism or collusion will be seriously dealt with according to the College regulations. In this context the definition and scope of plagiarism and collusion are presented below:

Plagiarism is presenting somebody else’s work as your own. It includes copying information directly from the Web or books without referencing the material; submitting joint coursework as an individual effort.

Collusion is copying another student’s coursework; stealing coursework from another student and submitting it as your own work.

Suspected plagiarism or collusion will be investigated and if found to have occurred will be dealt with according to the college procedure. (For details on Plagiarism & Collusion please see the student hand book)
5.  Submission

a.    Initial submission of coursework to the tutors is compulsory in each unit of the course.
b.    Student must check their assignments on  VLE with plagiarism software Turnitin to

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make sure the similarity index for their assignment stays within the College approved level. A student can check the similarity index of their assignment three times in the Draft Assignment submission point located in the home page of the ICON VLE.
c.    All Final coursework must be submitted to the Final submission point into the unit (not to the Tutor). A student would be allowed to submit only once and that is the final submission.

d.    Any computer files generated such as program code (software), graphic files that form part of the coursework must be submitted as an attachment to the assignment with all documentation.

e.    Any portfolio for a unit must be submitted as a hardcopy to examination office.

f.     The student must attach a tutor’s comment in between the cover page and the answer in the case of Resubmission.

6.  Good practice

a.    Make backup of your work in different media (hard disk, memory stick etc.) to avoid distress for loss or damage of your original copy.

7.  Extension and Late Submission

a.    If you need an extension for a valid reason, you must request one using an Exceptional Extenuating Circumstances (EEC) form available from the College examination office and ICON VLE. Please note that the lecturers do not have the authority to extend the coursework deadlines and therefore do not ask them to award a coursework extension. The completed form must be accompanied by evidence such as a medical certificate in the event of you being sick.

b.    Late submission will be accepted and marked according to the college procedure. It is noted that late submission may not be graded for Merit and Distinction.
c.    All Late coursework must be submitted to the Late submission point into the unit (not to the Tutor). A student would be allowed to submit only once and that is the final submission.

8.  Submission deadlines: as above (page 1)

Submit to:   Online to the ICON VLE only

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