Geographies of Adventure Tourism


Adventure tourism is an increasingly widespread phenomenon, appealing to an expanding proportion of the population who seek new destinations and new experiences.  This module provides an analysis of the principle characteristics of adventure tourism, the diverse forms that this can take, the industry structure and the attributes of the consumer and their motivations.  In an era of climate change and the overstepping of ecological boundaries, the module will also evaluate the need for sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the sector.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of adventure tourism from sociological and historical perspectives.

  2. Identify the issues influencing the demand and supply of the adventure tourism product.

  3. Assess the environmental, economic and social impact of adventure tourism in a variety of location types.

  4. Critically assess operational and management issues in the adventure tourism sector.

  5. Provide examples from the domestic and international adventure tourism industry to highlight examples of best practice.

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