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Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management
We are proud to offer a professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management, which is awarded jointly by TIES and the George Washington University (GWU). This program has been developed through a partnership with the GWU's International Institute of Tourism Studies, which has provided professional tourism education for nearly twenty-five years.
"At the same time that I began the Certificate process, I started what is now THE COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABILITY-RIVIERA MAYA, with more than 30 productive, social, academic, and governmental authorities. That would definitely not have been possible without all the magnificent information that I found through the course." - Beatriz Barreal Danel, Riviera Maya Sostenible
Sustainable Tourism Certificate Details
Taking the Courses Online: These courses, designed as a self-managed process, can be taken online, on your own schedule, in the comfort of your home or office. Whether you enroll in one course or complete the entire certificate program, each course offers you an excellent opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills needed to improve your professional standing. Each of the units in a course contains a course workbook which can be downloaded, and other online resources. Some units contain multi-media presentations for you to listen to. After completing all of the units, you will be asked to complete a short quiz. Once you successfully complete the quiz, you have passed the course. Online students usually finish a course (the equivalent of 12 hours in the classroom) in about a month.
Certificate Requirements: In order to receive a certificate, you have to complete three core courses and three electives. The core courses are:
1. Sustainable Tourism Assessment and Development
Registration Information: The cost for each course is $450, with TIES members receiving a $25 discount*. You must register for courses with our education office and, while you may enroll in any number of courses at the same time, you must complete the three core courses and three electives to receive the certificate. Once you register, you will be given access to GWU's online distance learning platform, which include course outlines.
The rapid growth of tourism worldwide has created many challenges and opportunities for established and emerging tourism destinations. This course looks at how to conduct a tourism assessment to examine tourism potential, and how to measure the potential costs and benefits of a tourism development program.
Course topics include:
• Expand economic development in your destination
A practical, intensive, idea-packed approach to marketing tourism destinations. Examine how and why tourists make destination choices, and learn how to develop a strategic marketing system that emphasizes your destination's distinctive appeal. The course features case studies, and practical tips for stretching marketing dollars through better monitoring, cost controls and evaluation.
Course topics include:
Ecotourism has proven to be an economically viable alternative for attracting tourism revenue without compromising local community values or degrading the environment. This course provides the tools needed by tourism planners, conservationists, businesses and communities to work together to develop ecotourism plans and products that will attract and accommodate the ecotourist while conserving natural resources and benefiting local people. Designed to help you understand the unique structure of the ecotourism industry, the course provides the most recent information on ecotourism marketing approaches and product development.
Course topics include:
• Understand the basic elements of ecotourism, the market and market trends
Is there a deadline for registration?
What are the steps I need to take to register? Do I receive confirmation for my registration?
What is the cost per course?
Can I pay one course per time or should I pay for all six courses at once?
Is refund available?
Is there discount for taking more than 6 courses?
Is there discount available if two or more people from one organization sign up for the program?
How soon after I register will I be able to start the courses?
What kind of certificate will I receive upon completion of all certificate requirements?
Do I get a certificate if I take only one course?
To achieve the Certificate in Tourism Destination Management (DM), you must register and complete 6 courses. Each time you complete a course you will receive a Letter of Completion.
Where will my certificate be mailed? When?
Could these courses be counted as credits if I start a Master in Tourism Program at GWU?
Is there a deadline for completing one course or the 6 courses for certificate? Are extensions available?
Is there a certain pace I have to follow while in the courses? Are there deadlines for logging in and out and completing the sections within courses?
Should the three core courses be taken before the electives?
Who do I communicate with if I have questions during the course?
Is any material mailed to me or everything is accessible online?
If I score less than the required 70 on my quiz can I retake it?
Do I need to buy any textbooks?
What are the career opportunities for me after completion of the certificate? Are there any networks of job/internship opportunities that I can access?
Is this program accredited and if yes, by whom? Is it recognized in Europe, is there any European authority that has accredited it, or what accreditation does GWU have in Europe?
Is the program completely online or at some point I have to travel to another country to take the exams for example?
What happens if my e-mail changes?
Can I reset my password or I have to use the one sent to me?
Who do I contact in case of technical problem with my access to online course materials?
Do I get access to other GWU resources like library, etc.?
*$25 discount applied for Student, Professional, and Organization members only.