BMT College


Tourism Management:
Mastering Tourism Policies and Legislation

Short Course

Study Units



6 Months

Start Dates

1 October 2020

Registration from

6 January 2020


R 6195

The purpose and description of this short course

This short course will introduce you to tourism legislation and policy. The scope of economic, sociocultural and environmental impacts is presented. This short course investigates the concept of sustainability and its development as a tool for the planning and development of tourism. Upon completion you will be able to gather information from a range of different sources including journal articles and utilise this information in discussions regarding secondary aspects of tourism development and management. You will also be able to demonstrate a well-rounded and systematic approach to legislation, ethics and policies and that impact on sustainable tourism.

Programme Lecturers:

V. Buys (B.A. Law) – Programme Coordinator
G. N. Ray (M.A. Tourism and Hospitality Management)
A. Bouwer (B.Com Hons Tourism)

This short course consists of three (3) easy to follow study units.
Complete 3 formative assignments and 1 summative assignment to qualify for the certificate in 

Tourism Management: Mastering Tourism Policies and Legislation

Unit 1

Legislation in Tourism and public sector tourism bodies

Learning outcomes

  • Legal Relations in Tourism
  • The Role of Legislation in Tourism
  • Roles of Government Structure in Tourism Legislation
  • Rationale for Public Sector Intervention in Tourism
  • The Function and ole off the Public Sector in Tourism
  • The Role of Public Sector Tourism Bodies at an International Level
  • The Role and Responsibilities of National Tourism Organisations  in the Tourism Sector
  • Public Sector Tourism Bodies in South AFRICA

Unit 2

Impact of tourism policies and legislation on the industry

Learning outcomes

  • Tourism Policy
  • Tourism Legislation and Policies in South Africa
  • Direct and Indirect Impact of Tourism Legislation in South Africa
  • Sociocultural Impacts of Tourism
  • Environmental impacts of Tourism

Unit 3

Ethics in tourism and sustainable tourism development

Learning outcomes

  • Ethics in Tourism
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Steps in Ethical Decision-Making
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Challenges in Achieving Sustainable Tourism

Grade 12 NOT required if you are older than 23 and have 2 years working experience.

The importance of doing a short course

Our online short courses are flexible programmes that allow for both flexibility of time, and flexibility of location. In other words, you can work through the required coursework at a time during the day when it suits you best. Furthermore, you can study in a location that works for you. So, you can really study anywhere, anytime.

The short courses are structured in such a way that you complete compact units of learning within specific timeframes. Each unit is just enough, with applicable industry related content that can be practically applied for personal or professional gain. Because of the short courses’ nature of “just in time” and “just enough” learning, these non-credit bearing courses are naturally in high demand.

Doing a short course will be ideal if you want to:

• Gain up-to-date knowledge, skills and best practices applications in a particular field;
• Expand your competencies and knowledge to a particular field;
• Gain specialised knowledge and skills that is transferrable to the workplace;
• Empower yourself with the ability to adapt to innovation and change in a specific industry or field;
• Develop skills, attitude and knowledge in a specific field for personal or professional gain.

Furthermore, showcasing the newly gained skills and abilities obtained from completed short courses can: 

• Highlight your CV as an employee candidate of choice;
• Improve your chances to access higher education, particularly in cases where you did not meet the normal and formal entry requirements of a programme;

The secondary purpose of the short courses is to up-skill predominantly unskilled and/or semi-skilled individuals, who are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds. Short courses create opportunities for previously disadvantage individuals to participate in life-long learning and in the process become active role players in the economy and society at large.

Moreover, the short courses support the vision of the College which is to “create prosperity through knowledge.” In addition, the College’s mission to “allow each and every willing and able person, regardless of race, gender, background, disability or age; the opportunity to be educated with basic and advanced skills in such a way that the acquired knowledge can be practically and innovatively utilised in any working environment the individual may wish to enter”, is further enabled through our short course offerings.

Although students who complete a non-credit bearing short course may not qualify for credits on any level of the HEQSF, they may include the information, provided in the academic transcript, to enhance their Curriculum Vitae (CV) or to substantiate a portfolio of evidence (POE) in order to obtain recognition of prior learning (RPL) for access and/or advanced standing for a related programme (Council on Higher Education, 2016).

Pricing and Payment Plans

Payment schedule for this short course

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R885 x 6 months

+ Activation Fee Required (R885)

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R6 195

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