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Innovative Tourism Development


The Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC) is a relatively new higher education institution (created in 1980) that has developed rapidly over the last few years to become a major provider of higher education in peripheral northern Portugal. Its location in rural northern Portugal has resulted in its developing a clear focus upon strategies for regional development.

The Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo is offering an interdisciplinary Master’s qualification in Innovative Tourism Development in the blended learning format, which combines the convenience of online learning with the benefits of live classroom discussion and interaction. The blended learning format is perfect for working professionals who want to earn a master’s degree, but who do not have the time to attend onsite classes on a weekly basis.

The Master´s in Innovative Tourism Development is designed to equip students with the knowledge, ideas, and awareness of policy contexts at the local, regional, national and international scale, together with the research skills and relevant practical applications relating to innovative tourism development at different degrees of complexity and geographical scale.

While focusing more particularly on the creation and development of new tourist resources and ventures, this graduate programme, will place emphasis on innovation approaches to tourism, whilst providing a systematic sequence of educational opportunities for students to gain fluency in the issues involved in strategic development and management of tourism destinations and/or, for further academic study in this or related areas.

Taught by the distinguished expert academic staff of the IPVC with inputs from our global network of researchers and professionals, the course will address the most important themes and contemporary tourism issues. The teaching team draws on the international expertise of a number of renowned first-class lecturers representing various sectors of the tourism industry who convey theoretical and practical knowledge.

Language of instruction: Courses are held in English
Number of credits: 120 ECTS
Study regime: full time
Duration: four semesters
Start of the course: 1st November 2010
Method: blended learning format
Number of students: 25 (Max. of 30)
Fees: €1050 per year
Dates for pre-registration: starting 22nd June 2010

Programme Director:
Prof. Doutora Olga Matos


Melo Alvim Flor de Sal Axis



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