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The Purpose of Undergraduate Tourism Programmes in the United Kingdom

Author(s): Marion Stuart-Hoyle

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 48;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: tourism education | purpose | lecturer influence

This paper evaluates the purpose of undergraduate Tourism programmes in the UK and the extent to which lecturer attributes are reflected in individual courses. The key purpose is seen to be the preparation of graduates for a career in tourism, while there is evidence of programmes which offer a balance of vocational and academic development to achieve this aim. Staff attributes are reflected in courses offered, but this needs to be viewed in light of the number of courses being delivered which do not reflect programme aims.
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