World Heritage Sites: These are specific locations that are defined by the United Nations. Using a range of criteria students understand how these sites became developed into tourist destinations and how geography and architecture form a large part of this assessment. The class discusses some of the grading methods and how these affect particular trends in tourism. Some familiarity with historical ruins will be included in field trips and recent films.

Hotels: Building on the knowledge from the various rating systems we will take an inside look at how discerning travelers view luxury hotels. Learning the names and styles of traditional grand hotels as well as the particular and innovative luxury of boutique hotels. In class discussion will enable the students to understand how the various hotel experiences differ. As well as what makes the cultured visitor prepared for, and accept the difference of service, amenities and location in certain types of hotels. 

Architecture Styles: Through lectures, films and discussion, students will learn to characterize specific architecture periods. Knowing how to give a date to a building by understanding materials, style and sometimes architect are all part of this knowledge. Upon completion of this portion, students will feel confident assessing a building style from its exterior details, as well as its interior finishes.