In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals and unique challenges of services marketing for tourism and hospitality. Topics include an overview of services marketing; understanding the travelling public's decision-making process and how to capture customer value; the role of services marketing in strategic planning; the importance of service quality and standards in delivering the product; identifying demand and capacity to create value; and promotional and sales strategies. Activities in this course will include developing a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis, market segmentation identification, product development, integrated marketing communications (IMC) planning, and topical subjects in the area of marketing and sales in tourism. Assessment will include a variety of essay and compare/contrast assignments, as well as in-class discussions that will be informed by current marketing topics of the day.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify service characteristics of hospitality and tourism marketing.
- Describe marketing strategies for services businesses and how marketers measure and manage the return on marketing.
- Outline the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental impacts of tourism.
- Develop a SWOT analysis and a competitive analysis.
- Identify key primary and secondary markets for destinations, tour operators, and other key industry stakeholders.
- Explain the importance of capturing customer and market information and how it's gathered, interpreted, and reported.
- Explain the buyer-decision process for both consumers (business-to-consumer – B2C) and businesses (business-to-business – B2B).
- Define major steps in designing a customer-driven marketing strategy: market segmentation, targeting, and positioning.
- Outline how marketers build and manage brands.
- Select product and channel strategies to create value, as well as pricing strategies to capture value in return.
- Evaluate elements of the promotional mix (advertising, public relations, personal selling, sales promotion; direct, online, social media, and mobile).
- Develop promotional budgets, messages, and strategic media choices for an IMC plan.
- Discuss the components of tourism destination competitiveness, image-creation, experience building, and branding.
Effective as of Fall 2021
Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality (MKTG 1040) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Business + Media
- Tourism and Hospitality
Associate Certificate Part-time
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