Tourism reflects society, our understanding of self and others. This opens up for investigations of tourism as a cultural phenomenon. Tourism is also a global business, which despite financial crisis, enjoys continued growth internationally and sustains millions of jobs. Economic impacts generated by tourism are unparalleled. Enhanced mobility also leads to socio-cultural and environmental problems at the local destination as well globally.
Tourism researchers at the Department of Design and Communication (DDC) are specifically oriented towards sustainable development. A range of complex questions arise, despite tourism’s growth potential and contribution to business development. How can tourism help sustain the environment, cultures and the economy? How can innovative products and services generate memorable tourist experiences, and enhance quality of life for those involved in tourism at the local level? These are some of the key questions which students will be exposed to, understand and help develop answers to in our tourism programmes.
Tourism researchers at DDC are organised in the Centre for Tourism, Innovation and Culture (TIC).
We are also part of the national association for tourism Researchers in Denmark (TiD).
In addition to education and research activities, we are deeply engaged in collaboration with the tourism industry and its organisations in Denmark and internationally. We have developed an award winning innovation platform, www.INNOTOUR.com and conducted a range of research and competence development projects with local, national, and international partners. You can read more about our activities and student projects at the TIC website.