- The content of this course should enhance students’ understanding of the dynamic nature of the tourism including main theories and concepts of destination marketing and management.
- Students are able to develop research, problem-solving and decision-making skills in management and marketing in tourism industries
- Students understand the notion of destination and the process of destination construction through the notions and examples of tourist identities, motivation and experience, and place perception, images and attractions
- Students understand the definitions of destination marketing, place marketing and place branding in application to destinations, can identify the distinction between destination marketing and destination management
- Students know the main concepts, goals and elements of the destination marketing, are aware of the main destination marketing research challenges
- Students understand the role of DMOs in destination marketing
- Students know and operate the main approaches, theories and concepts related to the destination marketing brand strategies
- Students understand and operate the main channels of integrated destination marketing communications and how to use them
- Part 1. Theories of destinationTheme 1. Defining destination Tourism destination: the main concepts, definitions of the notions of destination, destination management & destination marketing. Theme 2. Destination resources Tourist supply and the classification of destination resources. The notion of tourist attraction and the connections of attractions and destinations. Theme 3. Destination images Destination as a place socially constructed by stakeholders. Space and place in cultural geography. Space perception and imagination. Regional geography as a theoretical framework of symbolic construction of destination narratives. Theme 4. Destination demand Tourist motivation: theories and approaches. Residents’ and tourists’ place images & identities. Destination development as stakeholders’ identities’ negotiations process. Theme 5. Destination research Readings in destination research: theoretical frameworks, case-studies, research methods and project techniques.
- Part 2. Destination marketing: theoretical aspects and practical casesTheme 1. Theoretical approaches to destination marketing and branding. Definitions of destination marketing. Place marketing and place branding in application to destinations. The distinction between destination marketing and destination management. The main concepts, goals and elements of the destination marketing. Destination marketing research challenges. Destination competitiveness models. DMOs and their role in destination marketing. Managing stakeholders at destinations. -4 hours Theme 2. The process of destination marketing and branding. The ATLAS framework for marketing and branding destinations. Discussing the article on the ATLAS framework. The case of Manchester: watching the video and discussion. Theme 3. Overtourism: trends in destination marketing. The phenomenon of overtourism. Discussing the case of Barcelona (video). Theme 4. Challenges and changes in destination marketing after the COVID-19 crisis. Changes in consumer behavior. Safety and wellbeing regulations challenges for destinations. Digital marketing and promotion for destinations during and after the COVID crisis. Theme 5. From destination marketing to destination branding in Russia: main aspects and challenges. Challenges of place marketing and place branding in Russia. Russian cases of place branding. Discussing the tourism logo (brand) of Russia
- Part 3. Destination marketing communications and brand strategiesTheme 1. Destination marketing brand strategies Destination brand strategy: key concepts and steps of development. Destination brand message and factors of destination competitivity. Case-studies of destination brands strategies: countries, regions, cities, towns, locations. Theme 2. Marketing mix in destination marketing Goal-oriented destination marketing, 8P’s of destination marketing, destination life cycle Theme 3. Integrated marketing communications in tourism Marketing communication channels: PR and media relations, advertising campaigns and media planning, sales promotion, direct marketing,. Joint promotional campaigns, co-branding, cross-marketing, collaborations. Digital marketing: special projects with OTP (online travel portals), SMM (social media marketing), influencers and KOL (key opinion leaders). Case-studies. Theme 4. Content marketing and modern trends in destination marketing Content marketing and storytelling for the destination awareness. Emotions as a main tool to create remarkable destination brand. Real-time-marketing, mobile marketing, word-of-mouth marketing and viral methods of promotion destination, product placement. Video content: YouTube broadcasting and Instagram streaming, case-studies. Theme 5. Event marketing in destination development Role of event marketing in the destination development. B2B and B2C events. Festivals and cultural events as one of the main engine of destination development. Online and virtual event marketing during and after the COVID time. Destination festivals case-studies.
- HomeworkGhomework is the cumulative grade for the participation in all the activities during lectures and seminars. It sums up the results for all three parts of the course with equal weight according to the following calculation: GHomework = (GHomeworkPart1 + GHomeworkPart2 + GHomeworkPart3):3 The grade includes the tasks covering all the themes of each part. One task per each part of the course is given as an example, however the number and the essence of the tasks may vary.
- ExamThe exam is held ONLINE! The exam grade for course (GExam) is a blocking element of the grading system. The final grade is rounded up by the arithmetic rules unless the GExam is unsatisfactory. In the latter case the final grade is equivalent to the GExam. During examinations, every student must do his/her own work, except in the case of team projects arranged for and approved by the course instructor. Talking or discussing is not permitted during the examinations, nor may you compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and University disciplinary action.
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- Mihalis Kavaratzis, Gary Warnaby, & Gregory J. Ashworth. (2015). Rethinking Place Branding : Comprehensive Brand Development for Cities and Regions. Springer.
- Philip Kotler, John T. Bowen, & James Makens. (2013). Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism: Pearson New International Edition : UEL. Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1418160
- Pizam, A., & Wang, Y. (2011). Destination Marketing and Management : Theories and Applications. Cambridge: CAB International. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=390671
- The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research / ed. by Cathy H. C. Hsu and William C. Gartner. Routledge, 2012. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1016061
- Vanhove N. The Economics of Tourism Destinations. Elsevier, 2011. – URL: https://proxylibrary.hse.ru:2054/book/9780080969961/the-economics-of-tourism-destinations.
- Gursoy, D., & Chi, C. G. (2018). The Routledge Handbook of Destination Marketing. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1776952
- Kozak, M. (2013). Aspects of Tourist Behavior. [N.p.]: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=632093
- Norman, A. (2013). Journeys and Destinations : Studies in Travel, Identity, and Meaning. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=632059
- Pike, S. (2004). Destination Marketing Organisations. Routledge.
- Pike, S. (2016). Destination Marketing : Essentials (Vol. Second edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1124419
- Pike, S., & Page, S. J. (2014). Destination Marketing Organizations and destination marketing: A narrative analysis of the literature. Tourism Management, C, 202.
- Singgih SANTOSO. (2019). Examining Relationships between Destination Image, Tourist Motivation, Satisfaction, and Visit Intention in Yogyakarta. Expert Journal of Business and Management, (1), 82. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.01d6bed07eda402693dd58119cca1ac6
- Towards effective place brand management: branding European cities and regions. (2010). Elgar. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.pure.rug.nl.publications.1c01ae55.8eca.476f.a1bd.c2b54e172ee3