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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Responsible Tourism Seminars of the ESRT Programme

 
To provide key sector stakeholders with the knowledge and skills needed to act more responsibly in tourism, the ESRT Programme is going to implement a series of nation-wide responsible tourism seminars

1. About Responsible Tourism Training Seminars

Aims and objectives

- Enhance understanding about the positive and negative impacts of tourism

- Enhance understanding about the benefits of adopting a responsible approach to planning and management in tourism

- Raise awareness about the key areas of intervention where responsible tourism can be implemented

- Provide participants with practical and relevant good practice tools and strategies to help improve the level of sustainability within their work.

Who can participate?

The responsible tourism seminars are intended to reach out to some 3,000 beneficiaries across Vietnam in the following three key stakeholder groups:

a. Private sector: national tourism business associations and responsible tourism groups, accommodation sector, tour operators and others

b. Government: national level tourism authorities and related sectors, provincial and district level tourism authorities and related sectors, protected area authorities, cultural heritage authorities, other government related bodies e.g. tourism universities and colleges

c. Tourism communities: tourism communities and community associations / groups, tourism craft villages

No.

Topic

Target groups

1

Growing your business responsibly in the travel and tours sector

Tour and travel operators

2

Growing your business responsibly in the accommodation sector

Accommodation operators

3

Achieving business sustainability in the tourism industry

National tourism business associations and responsible tourism groups

4

Achieving tourism growth and sustainability: developing responsible tourism policies and plans

National tourism authorities & related sectors

5

Developing and implementing programmes to foster sustainable tourism destinations

Provincial level tourism authorities & related sectors

6

Fundamental understanding and application of responsible tourism

Other government related bodies

7

Responsible tourism development and conservation in cultural heritage sites

Cultural heritage site authorities

8

Responsible tourism development and conservation in protected areas

Protected Area authorities

9

Responsible tourism awareness raising and practicing skills

Tourism communities and community associations / groups

10

Crafting responsible tourism destinations

Tourism craft villages

11

Responsible tourism homestay training

Homestay operators

 

Description of seminar series

The responsible tourism seminars are based on the Vietnam Responsible Tourism Toolkit. Comprised of 13 Units, the Toolkit covers the critical areas that impact upon sustainability in tourism including as product development, marketing and communications, employment, capacity building, supply chain management, destination development, impact monitoring, cultural and natural heritage planning and management, accommodation provision, food and beverage operation, policy and planning, and community action.

Using ESRT’s Responsible Tourism Toolkit as its foundation, topics will be packaged into individual seminars that meet the specific needs of the various target beneficiary groups. Highly practical in approach, the seminars will provide a basic overview of theoretical underpinnings, and then allow the majority of time to be spent introducing participants to specific tools and strategies they can use to achieve greater sustainability.

Seminars related download:

ESRT responsible tourism toolkit

ESRT responsible tourism fact sheets

ESRT newsletters

2. Responsible Tourism Seminars Timetable

June 2014

Seminar on Responsible tourism awareness raising and practicing skills

Date

Location

For community

08.06.2014

Phu Tho – Thanh Thuy District

 

For community

09.06.2014

Phu Tho - Hung Lo Village

 

For community

11.06.2014

Moc Chau

 

For community

11.06.2014

Yen Bai - Kim Noi Commune

 

For Accommodation operators

12.06.2014

Moc Chau

 

For community

13.06.2014

Sapa (Lao Cai)

 

For Accommodation operators

14.06.2014

Sapa

 

For community

14.06.2014

Dien Bien - Phieng Loi Village

 

For Tour and travel operators

15.06.2014

Sapa

 

For Accommodation operators

15.06.2014

Dien Bien

 

For community

17.06.2014

Lai Chau - Vang Pheo Village

 

For community

17.06.2014

Ha Giang

 

For Tour and travel operators

19.06.2014

Da Nang

 

For Accommodation operators

20.06.2014

Da Nang

 

For Tour and travel operators

21.06.2014

Ha Long

 

For Accommodation operators

22.06.2014

Ha Long

 

 

July 2014

 

 

 

Seminar on Responsible tourism awareness raising and practicing skills

Date

Location

 

For community

12.07.2014

Ai Hamlet, Hoa Binh

 

For community

19-20.07.2014

Cua Van Fishing Village, Ha Long Bay

 

For community

19-20.07.2014

Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Ha Long Bay

 

For community

19-20.07.2014

Cong Dam Fishing Village, Ha Long Bay

 

For community

24.07.2014

Trang An, Ninh Binh

 

For Accommodation operators

25.07.2014

Ninh Binh City

 

For community

26.07.2014

Sam Son, Thanh Hoa

 

For Accommodation operators

27.07.2014

Sam Son, Thanh Hoa

 

For community

28.07.2014

Cua Lo, Nghe An

 

For Accommodation operators

29.07.2014

Cua Lo, Nghe An

 

For community

30.07.2014

Thien Cam, Ha Tinh

 

For Accommodation operators

31.07.2014

Thien Cam, Ha Tinh

 

For Accommodation operators

31.07.2014

Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen

 

 

3. Why RT Seminars

Need for responsible tourism

Vietnam’s tourism sector has matured, expanded, diversified and grown into a formidable competitor in a very competitive region. For the country to continue to realize the considerable socio-economic and other benefits from the tourism sector it must remain competitive, achieve sustainability, and further enhance its broad-based socio-economic development potentials. Adopting Responsible tourism principles and practices offers Vietnam one of the best pathways forward to a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable future in tourism.

Lasting impacts

The responsible tourism seminars are expected to reach more than 3,000 beneficiaries nation-wide across multi-stakeholder groups providing those with practical skills to implement responsible tourism actions in their area of concern that are relevant to their local context. 

Some of the time spent in each seminar will be dedicated to allowing participants apply their knowledge to their own situations through group work meaning that after each seminar participants will leave with a collection of templates and relevant case studies on sustainability that they can immediately use or adapt to their own circumstances.

 




Created Date: 6/30/2014
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