Tourism in Spain: Keys and Destinations
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management, Restaurant and Resort Management
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The key objective of this Course is to enable students to become fully aware of the diversity
inherent to Spanish Tourism, while highlighting, in a more concrete way, the resources and destinations
available. The following constitute its specific aims:
-The characterization of "Destination Spain": territory as a key factor in the development of Tourism. Its
implementation and spatial distribution, together with the models and characteristics of tourist areas.
-The profiling of tourist areas in terms of generic specialization, and also of consolidated and emergent
segments or specific products.
-The interpretation of already-existing data on tourist destinations and the analysis of the
environmental, economic, social, and cultural impact on the territory concerned.
-The focusing upon specific tourist destinations and the research into them: the Balearic Isles (Mallorca
and Ibiza), the Canary Islands and Andalucía’s Costa del Sol; as well as specific route-ways: the Camino
de Santiago (as the first European Cultural Route), wine-related tourism and gastronomic itineraries, etc.
This Course will be based on both theoretical and practical sessions:
The contents of the theoretical component will be presented in class by the Lecturer, with audiovisual
material as back-up, while equally essential will be the active participation of students in the process of
reflection and debate that will lead on from the discussion of additional documents and texts.
Practical sessions, meanwhile, will be designed to consolidate further the theoretical knowledge already
assimilated and will be carried out by means of set activities, together with the drawing up of tourist
maps, as well as the analysis of complementary texts linked to theoretical content. Likewise, field trips
will be undertaken, either around the city, or to other tourist destinations of interest.
UNIT I. Key features of Spain’s profile as a Tourist Destination
Item 1.- Spain as a tourist destination. Basic territorial features: conditioning factors regarding Spanish
tourism. Tourism as a key sector within the economy.
Item 2. Tourism: basic concepts. Origins and historical evolution of Tourism in Spain. The State's role in
the targeting of destinations.
UNIT II. Factors key to Tourism as a spatial phenomenon. Tourism in Spain: Segments and Travel
Item 3. Spatial and temporal expansion of Tourism in coastal areas: sun-and-sand tourism. The geotouristic
denominations as applied to Spain’s coastline. Case studies regarding the Mediterranean coast
and offshore island destinations: the Canaries and the Balearic Isles.
Item 4. Natural and rural zones as emergent destinations: National Parks as ecology-related
destinations. Emergent tourism-based activities in Spain’s rural environment. Case Study: Doñana
National Park, enotourism / wine tourism. Routeways and destinations.
Item 5. Spain’s key urban destinations: Culture and Heritage as tourist attractions. Material Holdings as
Patrimony and Spain’s World Heritage Cities. Case Studies: the Camino de Santiago as a cultural routeway.
Metropolitan destinations, Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.
UNIT III. Tourism’s territorial impact. Planning Instruments regarding Impact Factors.
Item 6. Environmental, economic, social and cultural impact factors. Instruments aimed at regional
development and tourism planning in coastal and urban areas, as well as in natural and rural zones.
Specific Skills to be acquired
To become apprised of Spain’s unique geographical and tourist features.
To become skilled in Identifying types of tourism, as well as Spain’s tourist areas as such.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.