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Beside the effective transfer of technical know-how and academic methodologies, an increasingly important aspect of tourism study programmes is also the application of the acquired knowledge to ‘real situations’.  Some universities nowadays offer tourism students the opportunity to participate in international study tours.

A study tour is a travel experience with destined learning goals and a didactic concept supporting the learning outcome.  The objective of such a programme is to apply theoretical insights to selected summer and winter tourism destinations.  Students can experience best practices as well as learn from mistakes when they talk with tourism policy experts and decision makers.  A thorough reflection of what they have heard, seen and experienced as well as the opportunity to combine problem statements from the industry with theoretical findings stimulates the students to think critically and develop creative problem solutions.Students who have been on a study tour emphasise the importance of experiencing international tourism destinations on site and hearing guest lectures at universities.

The key success factors of such international study programs are:
• thematic preparation and monitoring;

• theoretical inputs by guest lecturers at universities;

• dialogues with industry experts;

• experiences and visits on the spot; and

• a thorough reflection.

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