Faculty of Tourism
Description of the Faculty
The Japanese government has recently positioned "tourism" as a strategic industry and has been making efforts together with the private sector to promote Japan as a "Tourism Nation". Wakayama Prefecture has attracted the international attention following the designation of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a result, it declared itself a "Tourism Prefecture" and has been actively engaged in community revitalisation with tourism at its core. The Faculty of Tourism of Wakayama University is utilizing its rich local environment to create a new type of tourism study relevant nationally and globally in partnership with the industry and local governments. The Faculty aims to foster experts with broad knowledge and expertise suitable to provide strategic support for the tourism industry.
Department of Tourism Management
As the 21st Century is referred to as the "Age of Tourism," tourism is recognized throughout the world as a key area of growth. The Department of Tourism Management aims to foster human resources capable of playing active roles as producers of tourism business who are thoroughly familiar with the characteristics of the region. This will be achieved through the study of business management and the development of the ability to create new types of tourism and related hospitality industries from the perspective of hospitality as well as the skills for exploring and formulating management strategies.
The Department of Tourism Management has two courses: Tourism Management, which is a comprehensive study of the management of tourism-related industries, and Tourism Marketing, the study of marketing of tourism-related products.
Department of Regional Revitalisation
The urban areas as well as the surrounding rural communities that make up a regional community are currently facing a vast number of difficulties including urban decline and depopulation of rural areas. The key concept when attempting to revitalize such areas is tourism. Meanwhile, we have also entered an era where the very essence of these areas has become an attractive tourism resource. The Department of Regional Revitalisation, in light of these changing times, aims to foster human resources that are capable of playing active roles in tourism-based regeneration, community planning and development.
The Department offers three courses: Tourism & Regional Development (machizukuri), which is a comprehensive study of the theories and practices of community regeneration and development; Tourism & Culture, which looks at community regeneration through cultural perspectives such as cross-cultural exchange; and Tourism & Content, which studies the cultivation and utilization of relevant and available content for the purpose of community regeneration and development.
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