Swayam Central

TS-1: Foundation Course In Tourism

By Dr. Sonia Sharma & Dr. Tangjakhombi Akoijam   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University

In recent years tourism has developed as an industry employing large number of people. Numerous operational areas in tourism also offer immense opportunities for entrepreneurs to establish their own business – big or small. Yet Tourism Studies as an academic discipline is not very well developed. Opportunities for its study are also limited. A large number of the work force has had no formal study in various aspects of tourism.

These people are scattered all over the country, may not have access to institutions offering only limited number of seats in tourism courses. Hence, these programmes have been developed keeping in mind people who in future intend to make their career in some branch of tourism, or are already working in tourism related areas at various levels.

Learners enrolled: 4220


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Feb 2020
End Date : 31 May 2020
Exam Date :
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Continuing Education


                                                TS-1:- FOUNDATION COURSE IN TOURISM

    WEEK 1


    Unit:-1 Understanding Tourism 1

    Unit:-2 Understanding Tourism-2

    WEEK 2

    Block: - 2 Tourism as an Industry

    Unit:-3 Historical Evolution and Development

    Unit:-4 Tourism System

    Unit:-5 Constituents of Tourism Industry and tourism organizations

    WEEK 3

    Block:-3 Tourism Services and Operations-1

    Unit:-6 Tourism Regulations

    Unit:-7 Statistics and Measurements

    Unit:-8 Modes of Transport

    Unit:-9 Tourism Accommodation

    WEEK  4

    Block:-4 Tourism Services and Operations-2

    Unit:-10 Informal Services in Tourism

    Unit:-11 Subsidiary Services Categories and Roles

    Unit:-12 Shops, Emporiums and Melas

    WEEK 5

    Unit:-13 Travel Agency

    Unit: -14 Tour Operator

    Unit: -15 Guides and Escorts

    WEEK 6

    Block:-5 Geography and Tourism

    Unit:-16 Tourism Information: Sources

    Unit:-17 India’s Biodiversity: Landscape, Environment and Ecology

    Unit:-18 Seasonality and Destinations

    Unit:-19 Map And Chart Work

    WEEK 7

    Block:-6 Tourism Marketing and Communications

    Unit:- 20 Tourism Marketing – 1: Relevance, Product Design, Market Research

    Unit:- 21 Tourism Marketing – 2: Promotional Events Advertising,

    Publicity, Selling

    Unit:- 22 Role Of Media

    WEEK 8

    Unit:- 23 Writing For Tourism

    Unit:- 24 Personality Development And Communicating Skills

    Unit 25 Use of History

    WEEK 9

    Block:-7 Tourism: The Cultural Heritage

    Unit 26 Monuments and Museums

    Unit:-27 Living Culture and Performing Arts

    WEEK 10

    Unit:-28 Religions of India

    Unit:-29 Tourism Policy and Planning

    WEEK 11

    Block:-8 Tourism Planning and Policy

    Unit:-30 Infrastructructural Development

    Unit:-31 Local Bodies, Officials and Tourism

    Unit:-32 Development, Dependency and Manila Declaration

    WEEK 12

    Block:-9 Tourism Impact

    Unit:-33 Economic Impact

    Unit:-34 Social, Political and Environment Impact

    Unit:-35 Threats and Obstacles



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    Dr. Sonia Sharma is an alumnus of University of Jammu. She has done Masters in Tourism Management (MTM) from IGNOU & Ph.D in Tourism from University of Jammu. She has also qualified UGC-NET in


    She was Director I/c of School of Tourism & Hospitality Services Sectoral Management (SOTHSSM), IGNOU from December 2008 to July 2012.

    She has to her credit several Research Papers. She has specialized in the field of Ecotourism, Sustainable tourism and destination planning.

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    Dr Tangjakhombi Akoijam
    was born and brought up in Imphal, Manipur. She did her graduation from Lady Keane College, Shillong and her Masters in Tourism Management from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. A UGC-NET-JRF awardee, she has contributed research papers in national and international conferences. At present, she is coordinating the Master of Tourism and Travel Management programme of the University.

    Area of Interest: Tourism Marketing, Educational and Academic Tourism, MICE, Tourism Resource Management, Tourism Policy