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Destination Geography (eLearning)

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Today’s travelers are better informed about geography. They expect their travel consultant to have more information and knowledge about travel geography than they do. Continually learning as much as possible about geography to stay current is probably the most important investment for travel professionals.

By studying this course you will gain confidence in your ability to sell destinations, answer common questions asked by travel customers and provide valuable advice that customers are willing to pay for.

What you will learn

A friendly Avatar guides you through this e-course and helps you learn about:

  • A description of 12 basic types of leisure travelers
  • Characteristics of human populations on all continents including a model of the “World Village”
  • The world’s major mountains, oceans, seas, rivers and other bodies of water that attract visitors
  • Distinguishing between the terms “weather” and “climate” and their impact on destinations
  • How climate is affected by latitude, altitude, winds and proximity to water
  • A review of the 15 top countries visited by international travelers, highlighting practical country information and niche attractions and activities in a downloadable workbook

A minimum of 20 hours is required to complete this course study. The Geography in Travel Planning Course is a good prerequisite for this course if your knowledge of general world geography is weak.

Key topics

With the Destination Geography Course, you will study the following units:

  • Geography and the Travel Sales Process
  • Destination Geography and the Leisure Traveler
  • The World’s Continents
  • Human Population and the “World Village”
  • Major Natural Geographical Features
  • The Effect of Climate on Travel
  • Major World Tourist Destinations and Attractions
    o Austria
    o China
    o Croatia
    o France
    o Germany
    o Italy
    o Malaysia
    o Mexico
    o Singapore
    o Spain
    o Thailand
    o Turkey
    o Ukraine
    o United Kingdom
    o United States of America

This course is delivered online. Upon enrolling, you will receive a link to the course website and a username and access password.  You will have three months to complete the course study and course access is unlimited during your enrolment period.

You will be able to download the closed caption course content should you prefer to review or study any portion of the course in printed format.

Who should attend

  • Leisure and corporate travel agents
  • Tour operators and guides
  • Event and meeting planners
  • Corporate travel managers

Certificate awarded

You may take the online course examination at any time during your course enrolment period. Upon passing the online examination you will receive your course certificate in electronic format for local printing.

Additional information

Further training: Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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