Geography for Tourism

Geography for Tourism introduces students to the importance of geography in the hospitality and tourism industry through the study of travel or “destination” geography. Students explore the world’s geographic regions, focusing on the factors that create desirable travel destinations: weather and climate, physical features, cultural elements, historical interest, and tourist attractions. Students study the ways that the tourism industry promotes destinations, and they learn about current trends in travel. Finally, students learn about careers in the hospitality and tourism industry that are particularly dependent on a deep knowledge of geography.

Students apply their understanding of these factors to a detailed analysis of one country from a travel geography standpoint as the culminating project of the course. Acting as researchers for a travel website, students develop portfolios on their country with the following components: an introduction with a detailed description of the country’s geography; a climate profile; a historic timeline; a cultural heritage summary; a map identifying top tourist attractions within the country; two thematically different tour itineraries; and a list of travel tips and warnings.

This course is expected to take a total of 69 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

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Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students’ readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email Kevin English directly at

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Unit 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

Lesson 2: What Is Travel Geography?


Lesson 3: What Makes a Place a Place?

Lesson 4: A Sense of Place: Personal History and Culture

Unit 5: A Traveler’s Perspective

Lesson 11: Travelers and Tours

Lesson 12: Travel Barriers

Unit 6: Career Development in Travel Geography

Lesson 13: Working in Tourism

Lesson 14: Final Presentation and Course Closure

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