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Enhancing tourism education: The contribution of humanistic management

Maria Della Lucia (), Frédéric Dimanche (), Ernestina Giudici (), Blanca Alejandra Camargo () and Anke Winchenbach ()
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Maria Della Lucia: University of Trento
Frédéric Dimanche: Ryerson University
Ernestina Giudici: University of Cagliari
Blanca Alejandra Camargo: Universidad de Monterrey
Anke Winchenbach: University of Surrey

Humanistic Management Journal, 2021, vol. 6, issue 3, No 8, 429-449

Abstract: Abstract The tourism industry is a significant driver of the global economy and impacts societies all over the world that are currently experiencing radical change. Responding to these changes requires economic paradigms and educational systems based on new foundations. Humanistic tourism proposes a values-based disciplinary perspective for tourism at the intersection between humanistic and tourism management, and is rooted in human dignity and societal wellbeing. Integrating humanistic management principles into higher education tourism management programs, and changing the nature of what is taught and how, would benefit students, future managers and all stakeholders. This paper aims at improving higher education tourism programs by combining humanistic management education and the Tourism Education Futures Initiative’s (TEFI) values-based tourism education. It draws on an integrated Humanistic Tourism Education framework to help develop future tourism managers’ skills and abilities to adopt alternative leadership models within the sector and to foster critical and responsible tourism thinking and practice. With best-practice examples from three universities in three different countries, this study illustrates new pedagogical approaches and proposes recommendations for implementing humanistic tourism management in higher education with the aim of training ethical and responsible managers equipped with an awareness of the social, cultural, and environmental challenges – and possible solutions to these – in their respective destinations.

Keywords: Tourism; Humanistic management; Values-based education; Dignity; Humanistic tourism education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-021-00111-3

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