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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate and apply understanding of the main issues of responsible tourism 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246758  Demonstrate and apply understanding of the main issues of responsible tourism 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard is able to demonstrate an understanding of the main issues of responsible tourism. This will particularly apply to persons in the hospitality and tourism support areas, but could be applied to any context.

In particular, on successful completion of this unit standard, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand and apply social and cultural guidelines in the context of responsible tourism.
  • Understand and apply economic guidelines in the context of responsible tourism.
  • Understand and apply environmental guidelines in the context of responsible tourism.
  • Assist in the promotion of positive attitudes toward responsible tourism.
  • Identify and apply the business motives for promoting responsible tourism. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A learner undertaking this unit standard must already have:
  • Demonstrated competence against relevant unit standards at NQF Level 3, either through a previous qualification or through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which assesses workplace-based experiential learning.
  • Competence in communication skills at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Where required these are listed in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand and apply social and cultural guidelines in the context of responsible tourism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of involving local communities in planning and decision making related to tourism can be clearly explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to assess the social impacts of tourism activities can be fully outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Benefits related to respecting social and cultural diversity for tourism purposes can be accurately and comprehensively listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need to be sensitive to the host culture can be elaborated on. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The following issues relevant to tourism can be discussed with confidence: establishing cooperative structures; building a local tourism culture; supporting local development and education; respecting local culture. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand and apply economic guidelines in the context of responsible tourism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of economic impact assessments being completed and reviewed before tourism development is implemented can be clearly explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Benefits related to maximising local economic benefit due to increasing linkages and reducing leakages related to tourism in an area can be accurately and comprehensively listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of ensuring communities are involved in, and benefit from, tourism is fully outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationship between assisting with local marketing and product development and community economic benefits, based on tourism, can be shown in a tangible way. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The benefits of promoting equitable business practices and the paying of fair prices for tourism businesses and local community areas can be persuasively argued. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The following issues relevant to tourism can be discussed with confidence:
  • Employment; purchasing; product development; linkages and partnerships;
    community training and capacity building. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand and apply environmental guidelines in the context of responsible tourism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need to reduce negative environmental impacts, and optimize positive environmental impacts, when developing tourism can be clearly explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of using natural resources sustainably can be elaborated on. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The benefits of maintaining biodiversity can be accurately and comprehensively listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for limiting the introduction of alien species to only essential and critical requirements, and then in controlled manner, can be persuasively argued. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The following issues relevant to tourism can be discussed with confidence:
  • Planning; design; construction; environmental management systems. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assist in the promotion of positive attitudes toward responsible tourism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of promoting responsible tourism in terms of nature conservation can be confidently discussed, covering: setting of targets; land management; fauna and flora conservation; natural resources use; education. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Energy, water and waste management, including water conservation, are all promoted to visitors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tourists are encouraged to contribute to responsible tourism through the provision of sufficient, clear information about local socio-economic status and needs, and environmental conditions and issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Responsible tourism is promoted by showcasing local community projects and finding ways to make financial support by tourists easy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Visitors are informed how to interact with the local community and respect local culture and customs, and they are encouraged to buy local products and/or services and to pay fair prices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Guests are provided with a list of local natural resources in an area which are being over utilised and they are encouraged to buy crafts that are sustainably produced. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify and apply the business motives for promoting responsible tourism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of tourism in the national economy can be clearly outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of responsible as well as irresponsible tourism on business can be fully explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Responsible tourism can be integrated into business operations and strategic processes in a particular context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods of applying business motives for promoting responsible tourism can be applied in a particular context. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard (including through RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality
    Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard, or assessing this unit standard, must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge underpinning and integral to the above specific outcomes comprises the content below:
  • Social and cultural guidelines, located within the context of responsible tourism, with a view to building positive relationships between implicated parties.
  • Sound economic guidelines, in the context of responsible tourism, to promote economic benefits for the parties concerned.
  • Defensible environmental guidelines, in the context of responsible tourism, with a view to protecting fragile aspects of the ecology while promoting sustainable tourism.
  • Positive attitudes toward responsible tourism, which can be held personally and also be imparted to others.
  • Ethical business motives that can be used in promoting responsible tourism. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Problem identification and solution in creative ways. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Organising and managing the self within the context of organisational transformation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Critically collecting, evaluating and analysing information. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59098   Further Education and Training Certificate: Gaming Supervision  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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