Máster Universitario in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning ENG - Barcelona

Máster y Postgrado




60 ECTs


Financiado. Beca


This program will be conducted in English.

Sustainable development has become a new paradigm in the 21st Century, in both the public and private sphere, and from an international right down to a local level. In the tourism sector, this paradigm has given rise to the concept of sustainable tourism, which focuses on the environmental, social and economic aspects in this sector. There is an ever-growing number of public bodies, academic institutions, tourism destinations, companies and international organizations that actively seek to integrate sustainability criteria into their policies. Ostelea has decided to run a Master program in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning, which is designed to equip professionals and executives to lead the shift towards more sustainable planning and management of tourism activity, whether in public administrations or in the private sector.

Find out about the latest research conducted by Ostelea on “Ecological and Sustainable Tourism in Spain”, which observes and analyses one of the tourism formats that has undergone the greatest growth in recent years.

This program is also conducted in Spanish. For further information click here. Reasons to take the Master:

  • Eight fieldwork projects in experiences in tourism planning in Barcelona: students will visit various sustainable initiatives around the city of Barcelona related to tourism or which are affected by tourism, such as ecological markets and businesses, self-managed community spaces and community gardens, among others.

  • Ostelea is an affiliated member of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), which sets the standard in terms of global tourism governance. Taking part with the WTO on initiatives such as the Knowledge Network ensures the academic quality of the programme.

  • Research group: Members of the Master’s academic faculty form part of EAE’s multidisciplinary tourism research group (GRIT-EAE), the scientific output of which focuses on the field of international tourism management.


The Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Regional Tourism Planning will give you the following benefits: 

Acquiring knowledge of tourism destination planning and management with the application of sustainability criteria. Learning the foundations of sustainable regional development, tourism sustainability and its impact on the quality of the destination’s image.
Designing strategies and plans for dynamizing and differentiating tourism products and destinations based on sustainable tourism management, both in well-established and emerging destinations.
Learning the regulatory framework with respect to regional planning at different scales and its impact on the management of tourism destinations.
Detecting business opportunities: analysing sustainability as a competitive advantage for designing, promoting and commercializing new tourism products.
Discovering and applying information and communications technologies to tourism design and commercialization. Learning to apply the latest methods and techniques for the development and efficient management of tourism products and destinations.
Gaining insight into the environmental impacts of tourism activity for proposing alternatives for sustainable tourism planning and management.


The Master is designed for university graduates. Professional experience is not essential. Language certification or interview in English.


Módulo 1:Governance and planning of tourism products and destinations
  • Governance and planning of sustainable tourism destinations - 6 Credits - Core Course
  • Marketing and commercialization of sustainable tourism destinations and products - 6 Credits - Core Course
Módulo 2:Sustainable tourism development
  • Heritage, tourism and sustainable development - 6 Credits - Core Course
  • Design and management of endogenous development tourism projects - 6 Credits - Core Course
Módulo 3:Evaluation, management and conservation of natural heritage
  • Strategic regional planning - 6 Credits - Core Course
  • Management and preservation of natural resources and protected natural spaces - 6 Credits - Core Course
Módulo 4:Tourism Management of natural heritage from a sustainability perspective
  • Creation and innovation of sustainable tourism products based on natural resources - 6 Credits - Core Course
  • Sustainable planning for the development of natural tourism - 6 Credits - Core Course
Módulo 5:Master’s Thesis
  • Master’s Thesis - 12 Credits - Core Course


Inicio: Octubre


Ostelea gives its students access to two lines of funding to finance their Masters: 1. Financial Support 2. Grant Programme MORE INFORMATION 1. The Objetive of Ostelea's Financial Support Programme is to provide economic support to all of the students enrolled that have to cover part of the costs involved in their tuition, which are designed to stregthen their academ and professional capabilities. Requirements: Applicants must have passed Ostelea’s admission process and meet the entry requirements. Application: Information related to the content of the Master, admission requirements and financial support programme will be given in the assessment and admission interview. Financial support: Based on the period and the programme, the Admissions Board will decide whether to offer a financial support package that includes the following components: 1. Discount for the enrolment date (per period/maximum of 25%). 2. Discount for early payment (7%). 3. Interest-free finance throughout the course of the programme. Compatibility issues: Compatible with the Grant Programme, with the exception of the Accredited Disability Grant. 2. Ostelea's Grant Programme has three types of award: 1. Grants to Specific Collectives 2. Grants for Academic Excellence 3. Grants for Academic Performance




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Máster y Postgrado




60 ECTs


Financiado. Beca


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