Global Tourism Futures

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

This online Global Tourism Futures unit offers you the opportunity to explore contemporary issues in tourism and the future of the tourism industry. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how the industry is likely to influence and be influenced by the four elements of the PEST framework, namely political, economic, social and technological factors.

Undertaking this unit will help you to develop an appreciation of the bidirectional links between climate change and tourism. Your understanding of the role played by advances in technology will also develop, particularly with regard to technological progress relating to transport.

Delivered by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, the unit invites you to familiarise yourself with the key trends within the tourism industry, along with projections for future trends. Over the course of the unit you will gain an understanding of how to conduct appropriate research within this field, and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to apply your findings to strategic decision making.


To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Introduction to Tourism

You must also have completed nine additional units.

Areas of study

In this tourism unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Identify key trends and futures in the tourism industry
  • Conduct effective research to validate strategic direction
  • Demonstrate research, deduction and problem solving skills
  • Advance persuasive arguments which stimulate group discussion on pressing issues
  • Appreciate and explain future opportunities afforded by advances in technology, particularly as they relate to global and continental transportation
  • Compare and contrast the contribution of tourism to climate change, with the way in which changing weather patterns impact destinations and travel
  • Explain the political, social and economic factors that influence the emerging global tourism markets

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems), Swinburne University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Undertaking this unit will give you the opportunity to obtain, develop and demonstrate a range of transferrable skills. This unit requires you to expand your understanding of research, deduction, critical analysis and problem solving, and to develop your capabilities within each of these areas. You will also be expected to work on your communication skills in order to accurately convey your ideas and arguments, particularly with regard to the pressing contemporary issues facing the tourism industry.

Though much of the knowledge you will acquire during this unit is specific to the tourism industry, the skill set you will possess upon completion of the unit can be usefully applied across multiple career roles and industries.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Global Tourism Futures from Swinburne University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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