96239 - Geography of Sport and Tourism

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  • Teacher Alessia Mariotti

  • Credits 5

  • SSD M-GGR/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Wellness, Sport and Health (cod. 5813)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is able to:

  • Use the tools and methods of economic geography for the analysis of sport tourism destinations
  • Evaluate the impact of sport and tourism activities on local sustainability
  • Develop sustainable local development projects at the intersection between sport and leisure

Course contents

At the end of the course the student should be able to analyse the local systems of tourism supply with reference to sport and wellness activities.

Contents of the lectures will be:

I. Sport and Tourism: defining and measuring the phenomenon (international, national and local scale)

  1. Tourism and sport: overlapping definitions
  2. The geographical approach to tourism and sport
  3. Tourism demand: trends and forecasts in tourism
  4. Tourism supply:analyzing local systems
  5. Social, cultural, economic and political factors affecting the relationship between tourism and sport

II. Sport, Tourism and space between planning and management

  1. Tourism management in urban areas (urban regeneration, spatial segregation, hosts guests relationships, mega events, etc.)
  2. Tourism management in rural areas (socio cultural carrying capacity, measuring sport events economic impact, environment impact assessment, etc.)
  3. How to plan and develop sustainable tourism products

III. Sustainable Tourism

  1. Notion of sustainable tourism
  2. Controversies of tourism sustainability
  3. Sport tourism in a sustainability approach
  4. Project design for sustainable tourism development
  5. Creative tourism for local development


Tom Hinch & James Higham, Sport Tourism Development Third Edition, Channel View, 2018.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures will be integrated with practical exercises and if possible field visits

Assessment methods

Students will be given two assignments on Virtuale during the course. Both will be evaluated. If in the current year students are involved in fieldwork activities, the final evaluation will be organized on the basis of a project work. Students will be informed about that at the beginning of the course.

Teaching tools

Teaching hours will be integrated with practical exercises:

a list of book titles and/or topics will be distributed at the beginning of the course in order to foster the scientific debate among the students

Office hours

See the website of Alessia Mariotti