Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Management

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HND Assignment Brief
Session: September 2022

Pearson BTEC HND International Travel and Tourism Management
(RQF Level 5)
Unit number and title 32 Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Management
Assignment number & title 1 of 1 Written coursework assignment
Assessor (s) Blerton Hyseni and Nishi Ramsurrun
Issue Date 10 October 2022
Final assignment
submission deadline
09-14 January 2023
Late submission deadline 16-21 January 2023
The learners are required to follow the strict deadline set by the College
for submissions of assignments in accordance with the BTEC RQF level 4
– 5 submission guidelines and College policy on submissions.
Resubmission deadline TBA
Remark and Feedback In-class feedback will be available from formative assessment of the initial
submissions based on each learning outcome.
Final feedback will be available within 2 – 3 weeks of the assignment
submission date.

 

General
Guidelines
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.
Make sure your work is clearly presented and that you use readily
understandable English
.
Wherever possible use a word processor and its “spell-checker”.

 

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ICON College of Technology and Management
BTEC Level 5 in International Travel & Tourism Management (RQF)
Unit 32: Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Management (Level 5)
Session: September 2022
Recommended Word Count: 3,500
Assignment Context and Scenario
As a recently appointed assistant manager of a Destination Management Organisation or DMO of
your choice (responsible body for managing tourism destination), you are required to write a report
to the senior management team addressing the four learning outcomes provided below.
Before you start writing your assignment, please refer to the brief case study provided The brief
case study provided to help you understand and the grasp the concept, principles and practice of
sustainable and responsible management in tourism destinations. You are expected to read this
case study carefully and compare it with your chosen destination in terms of their policies and
practice of responsible and sustainable management.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica, a jewel in the South American tourism crown, due to its large areas of protected beauty
and having almost a quarter of the country still left as rain forest. Having coastlines on both the
Caribbean and the Pacific is a huge draw for visitors. The biodiversity of the tiny country is
staggering, the many beaches and volcanoes add to the fact Costa Rica holds five percent of the
planet total biodiversity. Costa Rica produces nearly 93 percent of its electricity from renewable
resources and conserves around 30 percent of its national territory. Therefore, being eco-friendly is
one of the country’s main focuses. Costa Rica is currently on track to be one of the most sustainable
countries in the world – it’s working to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2020.These points
all point to the fact that Costa Rica is a perfect destination if you are looking for eco-friendly tourism.
Eight ultra-green lodges nestled into diverse ecosystems across Costa Rica and Nicaragua–
combination between sustainability and a great vacation. Green living is intricately woven into dayto-day guest activities, including surfing, snorkelling, bird watching, and nature walks, just to name a
few.
(https://www.verdict.co.uk/world-tourism-day-sustainabletourism/#:~:text=Costa%20Rica%20is%20currently%20on,looking%20for%20eco%2Dfriendly%20tourism.)
Learning Outcome 1: Determine the main features of sustainable and responsible tourism
Explain how the concept of sustainable and responsible tourism has evolved since the 1980s and
briefly discuss the developments in
your chosen destination. Identify a leading global organisation
involved in the promotion of sustainable and responsible tourism and determine its role, function
and mission, and analyse the meaning of sustainable and responsible tourism accordingly.
Critically analyse the relevance and application of the concepts and meaning of sustainable and
responsible tourism according to the leading global organisations chosen.
Learning Outcome 2: Evaluate the importance of tourism development planning for
sustainability
Explore the purpose and principles of tourism planning and development to minimise the adverse
effects of tourism. Using
your chosen destination as an example, evaluate the process of tourism
development and planning, and the challenges and problems associated with it.

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Critically evaluate how different approaches to tourism development and planning have helped
achieve sustainable objectives successfully (you may use multiple examples).
Critically evaluate different approaches to tourism development and planning to identify and
justify the rationale for measuring and monitoring sustainable performance.
Learning Outcome 3: Apply principles of sustainable and responsible tourism management
to a chosen case study
Investigate the impacts of tourism activity from economic, social, cultural and environmental
perspectives in your selected destination. Examine how principles of sustainability implemented by
your selected destination meet stakeholder requirements and expectations.
Analyse and discuss the contribution made by
various stakeholders in developing sustainable
tourism practices in your selected destination to minimise the adverse impacts on businesses or
attractions. Critically analyse the value and importance of specific stakeholder engagement and
partnerships in minimising adverse impacts to meet overall sustainable objectives.
Learning Outcome 4: Evaluate how sustainable and responsible tourism management has
evolved in a variety of destinations worldwide
Using a range of tourist destinations worldwide
, evaluate how sustainability is being developed
and managed and critically evaluate the success or failure of sustainable and responsible
management in those countries.
Make justified recommendations and solutions for improving sustainable and responsible
management practices across the range of tourist destinations worldwide.

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Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Pass Merit Distinction
LO1 Determine the main features of sustainable and
responsible tourism
P1 Explain how the concept of
sustainable and responsible
tourism has evolved
P2 Determine the role,
function and mission of leading
global organisations involved
in the promotion of sustainable
and responsible tourism
M1 Analyse the concepts and
meanings of sustainable and
responsible tourism according to
leading global organisations
D1 Critically analyse the
relevance and application of
the concepts and meaning of
sustainable and responsible
tourism according to leading
global organisations
LO2 Evaluate the importance of tourism development planning
for sustainability
D2 Critically evaluate different
approaches to tourism
development and planning to
identify and justify the
rationale for measuring and
monitoring sustainable
performance
P3 Explore the purpose and
principles of tourism
development and planning to
minimise the adverse effects
of tourism
P4 Evaluate the process of
tourism development and
planning, and the associated
challenges and problems,
providing specific tourism
examples
M2 Critically evaluate different
approaches to tourism
development and planning for
successfully achieving
sustainable objectives
LO3 Apply principles of sustainable and responsible tourism
management to a chosen case study
P5 Investigate the impacts of
tourism activity generated by
a specific tourism attraction
from an economic, social,
cultural and environmental
perspective
P6 Examine how principles of
sustainability implemented by
a specific tourism
business/attraction meet
stakeholder requirements and
expectations
M3 Analyse the contribution
made by various stakeholders in
developing sustainable tourism
practices to minimise the
adverse impacts of a specific
tourism business/attraction
D3 Critically analyse the value
and importance of stakeholder
engagement and partnerships
in minimising adverse impacts
to meet overall sustainable
objectives
LO4 Evaluate how sustainable and responsible tourism
management has evolved in a variety of destinations worldwide.
P7 Evaluate how sustainability
is being developed and
managed in a range of tourist
destinations worldwide
M4 Critically evaluate the
success or failure of sustainable
management applied in a range
of tourist destinations worldwide
D4 Make justified
recommendations and
solutions for improving
sustainable management and
development for a range of
tourist destinations worldwide

Pas
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2. 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. Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.
g. Word limit must be strictly followed.
3. 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)
4. Submission
a. Initial submission of coursework to the tutors is compulsory in each unit of the course.
b. Student must check their assignments on
ICON VLE with plagiarism software Turnitin to
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Submission deadlines: as above (page 1).Submit to: Online to the ICON VLE only