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Course | Geography For Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism

Geography for Tourism introduces learners to the importance of geography in the hospitality and tourism industry by studying travel or “destination” geography. They explore the world’s geographic regions, focusing on the factors that create desirable travel destinations: weather and climate, physical features, cultural elements, historical interest, and tourist attractions. Learners study how the tourism industry promotes destinations and discover current trends in travel. Finally, they research careers in the hospitality and tourism industry that mainly depend on an indepth knowledge of geography.

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EDUCATOR ESSENTIALS provide learning strategies and resources to move from static to dynamic learning while emphasizing personalized, learner-centered environments through blended learning models such as flipped learning, choice boards, and station rotation. Project-based learning offers authentic project learning experiences to engage learners in relevant issues and passion projects to spur innovative solutions with career experts. Resources support culturally responsive perspectives and asynchronous online learning opportunities.

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PLANNING TOOLS provides essential information to guide course implementation, including scope and sequence, detailed lesson plans, semester planning outline, course updates, and project overview. Several courses offer free online resources with hyperlinked URLs to enhance blended, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. The scope and sequence guide the resource selections to ensure the content aligns with lesson topics. The online resource collection includes course outlines, modules, lesson plans, videos, projects, and articles.

FOR EDUCATORS: Your ability to provide a personalized, learner-centered environment and implement competency-based instruction requires more than your content expertise. Personalized learning requires an educator who constantly engages in reflective practices to learn and hone communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy, and patience skills. You strive to be a future ready educator by developing as a professional in four educator competency domains: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Instructional.

FOR LEARNERS: Did you know that in 2030, 85% of the jobs are not in existence yet? So, how can what you are learning in school today possibly prepare you for an unknowable future?

The answer is simple! You do not stop learning just because you graduated from high school. You must embrace the concept of life-long learning to thrive in a highly tech-enabled and information-driven future. Your skillsets are less about what a teacher “poured” into your head and more about exploring issues and topics about which you are passionate. In the future, employers will not be as interested in your grade point average as compared to the initiative you took to extend your knowledge.

Staff Pick

Creating Stories Using Google Earth

Students use Google Earth to create their culminating project to showcase an international tourist destination highlighting the country's geography, climate, and history; potential tourist attractions and types of tourists likely to visit the destination.

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 The Concept of Place
Unit 3 Global Geography
Unit 4 History, Culture, and Attractions
Unit 5 A Traveler’s Perspective
Unit 6 Career Development in Travel Geography

Featured Resources

Virtual Museum

Hyperdoc Template

Students create their own galleries within this virtual museum. Great way to demonstrate their understanding of...

Mapmaker Interactive

Online Mapping Tool

Students can explore potential global tourism locations using map themes, data and tools from National...

Culturally Responsive Teaching


On-demand webinar series from econedlink

City Guesser - Can you guess the location?


Students have to guess where they are from the video clues provided.

Explore Global Art and Culture Sites

Virtual Tours

Students explore the culture and art around the world from Google Arts and Culture

Ethical Tourism: Everything You Need to Know

Comprehensive Article

Great resource for students to gain an understanding of ethical tourism and its growing importance in setting...



Students are inspired to explore the world and think critically about what defines a place, including culture and...

Meet Cartographer: Nathaniel Kelso

Learn what a cartographer does to help people navigate their travels

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