Course: Innovation in Tourism



Course: Innovation in Tourism
 Academic Year: 2015/2016
Course: Innovation in Tourism
Coordinator: José Manuel Simões
Teaching Staff: José Manuel Simões, Eduardo Brito-Henriques, Carlos Ferreira
ECTS: 6 Weekly Hours: 2h Typology: TP - theoretical & practical
This course is focused on innovation (concept, nature / diversity, dynamics, characteristics,
application, contest) as a process applied to the tourism system. It covers a number of different
thematic sessions where, based on the issues of innovation and change - either in different
societal dimensions, is discursive and thematic, theoretical and technical aspects - presents and
discusses its application in the field of tourism, both in their practical expressions, as in
speeches and in his study.
It is understood tourism as a total social phenomenon and complex body of practices and expert
activities that include, among others, social, economic, technological, political and
organizational management. It comes to know and reflect on the changes and innovations
occurring in these dimensions and its particular implications for the tourism field.
Thus requires a systemic view, both in terms of what is considered innovation - technological,
behavioral, process, image / communication ... - how the different dimensions of tourism: the
market (demand / consumers, supply / service providers); its protagonists; public policy; the
Objectives and skills
The objectives of this course is to inform and reflect on the new theories, themes and practices
on the understanding, management and experience of tourism as well as new problems and
challenges associated with tourism, through an academic model articulating exposure and
The skills to be acquired include:
• understand the dynamics and characteristics of innovation processes in tourism;
• identify relevant cases of application methods, processes, innovative strategies for tourism;
• understand and discuss the importance of innovation processes in the tourist production and
• framing the role of the different operators and stakeholders in tourism phenomenon as
innovation promoters / inhibitors.
CARSON, Da; CARSON, Db & HODGE, H. (2014). Understanding local innovation systems in
peripheral tourism destinations, Tourism Geographies, Vol. 16(3), pp.457-473.
CASTELLS, Manuel (2002 e 2003). A Era da Informação, Economia, Sociedade e Cultura.
Volume I, II e III. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
COHEN, Erik (2004). Contemporary Tourism: diversity and change. Oxford: Elsevier.
EUROPEAN UNION (2008), Innovation in Tourism: how to create a tourism learning area: the
handbook. Directorate General Enterprise and Industry.
HALL, C. Michael & WILLIAMS, Allan (2008). Tourism and Innovation, Contemporary
Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility. UK and New York: Routledge.
HOARAU, H. (2014). Knowledge Acquisition and Assimilation in Tourism-Innovation Processes,
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Vol. 14(2), pp.135-151.
KALFON, Pierre (2009). Tourisme et Innovation: comment décrypter les tendances qui
bouleversent le monde du voyage?, Paris: L’Harmattan.
LEW, Allan; HALL, C. Michael & WILLIAMS, Allan (Eds.) (2004). A Companion to Tourism. New
Jersey: Blackwell Publishing.
NORDIC INNOVATION CENTRE (2008). Nordic Innovation in the Tourism Sector. Paper with
recommendations from workshop in Copenhagen, 3-4 June 2008, Nordic Innovation Centre 15
NOVELLI, Marina; SCHMITZ, Birte; SPENCER & Trisha (2006). Networks, clusters and
innovation in tourism: a UK experience, Tourism Management, nº 27, pp. 1141–1152.
OECD (2006), Innovation and Growth in Tourism. OECD.
PRATS, Lluís; GUIA, Jaume; MOLINA & Francesc-Xavier (2008). How tourism destinations
evolve: The notion of Tourism Local Innovation System, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol.
Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território ▪ Edifício IGOT – R. Branca Edmée Marques 1600-276 LISBOA ▪ tel.: 21 044 3000
8(3), pp. 178–191.
RODRÍGUEZ, Isabel; Williams, Allan M. & Hall, C. Michael (2014). Tourism innovation policy:
Implementation and outcomes, Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 49, pp.76-93.
SIMÕES, José M. & FERREIRA, Carlos C. (Eds.) (2009). Turismos de Nicho: motivações,
produtos, territórios, Lisboa, Centro de Estudos Geográficos.
TRIBE, John (ed) (2009). Philosophical Issues in Tourism. Bristol: Channel View Publications.
URIELY, N. (2005). The Tourist Experience. Conceptual Developments, Annals of Tourism
Research, Vol. 32(1), pp., 199-216.
WEIDENFELD, Adi (2013). Tourism and cross border regional innovation systems, Annals of
Tourism Research, Vol.42, pp.191-213. Knowledge evaluation methods and their partial grades
The assessment will take into account three elements:
• written critical review of 1 book (or set of 3 articles) relating to innovation in tourism (60%);
• individual written essay based on the learnings achieved in classes – reflexive synopsis
• participation in classes (10%).
Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território ▪ Edifício IGOT – R. Branca Edmée Marques 1600-276 LISBOA ▪ tel.: 21 044 3000

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