Sustainability Management for Tourism Businesses: What, Why and How

TrainingAid, an international tourism training company specialized in sustainable tourism, offers a facilitated professional course on Sustainability Management for Tourism Businesses, which provides useful tools for managing, monitoring and continuously improving sustainability practices.  Based on lessons and discussions shared during t...

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Panama Papers and Tourism: "Teachable Moment" for the Industry?

Panama Papers and Tourism: "Teachable Moment" for the Industry?

Live Session on Tourism Financial Accountability and Economic Growth With the aim of helping turn the Panama Papers scandal into a useful "teachable moment" for the tourism industry, TrainingAid is hosting a free and open live session on Thursday, April 14th featuring a presentation by Dr. Linda Ambrosie, the author of "Sun & Sea Tourism: Fantasy and Finance of the All-Inclusive Industry". Dr. Ambrosie will share key insights into the impact of exploitative tax practices, combined with local corruption, throughout the global tourism value chain, and offer recommendations for tourism industry stakeholders - including multinational enterprises, tourism managers, destination organizations and policy-makers - on how to advocate for solutions and positive change. Register for free to join the live session and to receive access to the video replay.   Tourism Finance: Why Accountability Matters to All As the Panama Papers scandal has brought the world’s attention to the scope and implications...

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What Sets Successful Community-Based Tourism Enterprises Apart?

Community-Based Tourism (CBT) can be a great way to empower communities and support sustainable local development by providing alternative livelihoods, expanding economic opportunities, creating a sense of pride, and supporting development needs in a way that is in line with long-term priorities. So why do so many CBT projects fail? In the upcoming TrainingAid Live Session, Kelly Galaski (Program & Operations Manager for Americas & Europe, Planeterra Foundation) will discuss key challenges with CBT initiatives, and share practical insights on how to develop market-ready and financially viable community tourism products. TrainingAid Live Session, March 31st, 2016 Title: Key Factors in Successful Community Tourism Product DevelopmentPresenter: Kelly Galaski, Program & Operations Manager (Americas & Europe) for Planeterra FoundationDate & Time: Thursday, March 31st, 2016 - 10am EST (New York), 4pm CET (Berlin), 10pm ICT (Bangkok)Registration: Sign up for free here   About the Planeterra Foundation Planeterra Foundation is a non-profit organization established by global travel company G Adventures. Planeterra's projects around the world support...

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TrainingAid Live Session: Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses

TrainingAid, an international tourism e-learning company offering online training courses and skills development opportunities for tourism professionals, is hosting a free Live Session on Monday, February 29th, 2016, featuring a presentation by Julia Barrero, head of marketing at Xola. To learn more & to register (registration is free), please see: http://bit.ly/TourismTL1602   Title: Forget Silver Bullet, Think Strategy: Advanced Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses Description: These days, your customers demand complex, individualized, and relevant marketing. To achieve that, you don’t need a silver bullet (news flash: it doesn’t exist), you need strategy. This Live Session will teach you to ask the right questions to maximize the return on your marketing investment. By setting goals and analyzing your success with qualitative and quantitative feedback, you’ll market your tour more easily and successfully. Join tourism marketing specialist, Julia Barrero of Xola.com, as she guides you through a strategic framework and key Google Analytics...

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Sustainability Communications for Destinations

Sustainability Communications for Destinations

TrainingAid and Respondeco are hosting a free online training session "Keep It Real for Destinations: 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Telling Your Destination's Sustainability Stories" on December 8th, 2014 (4pm GMT), sharing practical examples of why effective sustainability communications can benefit your destination, and how to avoid common sustainability communication mistakes. The session will be led by Dr. Davina Stanford, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and a responsible tourist behavior and destination management expert.   This session is for anyone who's involved in promoting, marketing or managing tourism destinations, and we invite everyone - whether you can watch the live session or not - to share your questions about destination marketing and sustainability communications. Please post your questions by commenting here, or by posting them on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus with the hashtag #TourismTL.   We'll be monitoring the questions before and during the event, and will try...

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For Current Ecolodge Owners

For Current Ecolodge Owners

Since there are many members here who are ecolodge owners or are involved in/interested in managing/operating ecolodges, this survey + conference session by The International Ecotourism Society will be of interest to some. Please see the text below, from the email announcement sent by TIES on March 19.     Dear TIES Supporter, At the ESTC 2014 (Bonito, Brazil) we will be discussing succession planning in ecotourism. We know that many innovative ecotourism projects have been started through the years, all over the world. Many have become successful. But, like in all life cycles, there comes a time when the organization founder(s) wants to hand over the business to a successor. Finding the individual or organization willing to and able to continue building on the innovative "inheritance" is not always easy. The focus of the survey is on ecolodges (small accommodations located in or near conservation areas that are designed and operated sustainably). As a result, the TIES Ecolodge Survey aims to assess if succession...

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European Ecotourism Conference - Poiana Brașov, Romania, 23-25 Oct 2013

I will be attending the upcoming 2nd European Ecotourism Conference (http://european-ecotourism.eu) in Romania, from October 23-25. Some of the European-based ECOCLUB members have attended the 1st EuroEco conference, which was held in 2010 in Estonia. I was also part of the 2010 conference, and particularly enjoyed the interactive and collaborative sessions (we had many "World Cafe" group discussions, which I found very engaging and productive). This year's program also features "World Cafe" sessions, as well as presentations by ecotourism practitioners from across the region (see full program: http://european-ecotourism.eu/pages/program). If you are based in Europe (and even if you're not, as long as you're interested in ecotourism in Europe), this will be a great place for learning and networking, as well as experiencing ecotourism in action in some of the unique rural destinations in Romania. >> If you plan of attending and have already registered, also check out the Facebook event page:...

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