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HMGT 160 Introduction to Travel & Tourism

A study of the components of the tourism industry and their interrelationships is the focus of this course.  A review of the roles of tour companies, travel agencies, government bureaus, tourism associations and others that assemble, promote and sell tourism services are included.  Students will be able to operate within a tourism setting. (2 hours only)

Credits                  2
Prerequisites        No
Fees                      This course has fees totaling $30.00
Instructor             Antonia Noonan

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials | Exams | Course Web Site

Overall Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe a trip through time as it relates to the development travel.
2. Analyze travel patterns and trends in the USA.
3. Describe the history of leisure time and tourism in the USA.
4. Explain the role of travel motivators and destination life cycles.
5. Describe the relationship between the growth of the attractions industry and travel.
6. Describe the role government plays in the tourism industry.
7. Explain how tourist statistics are used in the tourism industry.
8. Identify and describe the various transportation methods in the growth of the travel industry.
9. Explain how automotive, rail, and ship travel have impacted the travel industry.
10. Evaluate how accommodations play a vital role in tourism development.
11. Explain how the growth of timesharing has influenced the growth of travel and tourism.
12. Explain how the convention and incentive travel industries have influenced the growth and development of the travel industry.
13. Describe the role of food service in the travel industry.
14. Explain the various economic and environmental impacts of tourism on a destination.

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Major Course Topics

I. Travel history
II. Travel patterns and trends
III. Leisure time and tourism
IV. Travel motivators
V. Destination life cycles
VI. Attractions
VII. Governments and tourism
VIII. Tourist statistics
IX. Transportation methods
X. Automotive, rail, ship, and air travel
XI. Accommodations
XII. Timesharing
XIII. Conventions and incentive travel
XIV. Food service
XV. Economic impacts

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Course Format

  • Is not 100% self paced. Although it is an independent study course, you must keep up with the schedule to be successful.  Each learning module has a start and end date.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Communication in the course will take place through email and the on-line learning platform.

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This course does not require a face-to-face orientation.

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Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
  • Each week you will complete textbook and PowerPoint reading assignments, as well as any written or “hospitality interactive” assignments noted in each module.
  • You should allow for a minimum of 6 hours per week for reading and assignments for this course.
  • This course meets in the fall for the full 15 week semester.

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Texts and Materials

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Cook, Roy A: Tourism and Hospitality, 5th Edition,  2013, Prentice Hall, New Jersey ( ISBN 978-0-13-3113532-2)

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Internet Explorer

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has end of module quizzes that are given in the on-line format but with a time restriction.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to:

Antonia Noonan,

Last updated on 4/8/13

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