Leisure, sport and tourism


1. Leisure
Discuss the difficulties in attempting to define leisure, recreation, tourism and sport.
Discuss the influence of accessibility, changes in technology and affluence upon the growth of these activities.
2 hours
2. Leisure at the international scale: tourism
Explain the long- and short‑term trends and patterns in international tourism.
4 hours
Examine the changes in location and development of different tourist activities. Explain the growth of more remote tourist destinations.
3. Leisure at the international scale: sport
Examine the social, cultural, economic and political factors affecting participation and success in two major international sports.
4 hours
Analyse the geographic factors that influenced the choice of venue(s).
Examine the factors affecting the sphere of influence for participants and supporters.
Evaluate the short- and long‑term geographic costs and benefits of hosting such an event at both the local and national level.
4. Leisure at the national/regional scale: tourism
Examine the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism.
6 hours
Evaluate the strategies designed to manage and sustain the tourist industry.
Examine the importance of tourism as a development strategy for low‑income countries.
5. Leisure at the national/regional scale: sport
Explain the hierarchy of a league and the location of its teams. Examine the relationship between team location and the residence of its supporters.
3 hours
6. Leisure at the local scale: tourism
For one named city or large town:
  • describe the distribution and location of primary and secondary tourist resources
  • discuss the strategies designed to manage tourist demands, maximize capacity and minimize conflicts between local residents and visitors, and avoid environmental damage.
4 hours
Examine the concept of carrying capacities in a rural tourist area.
Discuss strategies designed to maximize capacity and minimize conflicts between local residents and visitors, and avoid environmental damage.
7. Leisure at the local scale: sport and recreation
Explain the relationship between urban settlements and recreational and sports facilities in terms of frequency, size, range and catchment area.
4 hours
Examine the distribution and location of recreational and sports facilities in urban areas and relate the patterns to accessibility, land value and the physical and socio‑economic characteristics of each urban zone (from the central business district to the rural–urban fringe).
Discuss the role of sport and recreation in regeneration strategies of urban areas.
8. Sustainable tourism
Define sustainable tourism.
Examine the extent to which it might be successfully implemented in different environments.
3 hours