Participants in the training workshop were carefully selected; most of them are trainers on Vietnam Tourism Occupational Skills Standards (VTOS) including lecturers from tourism vocational training colleges and universities nationwide, directors of tourism enterprises, representatives of the Vietnam Society of Travel Agents and members of the Responsible Tourism Club.
The training workshop was aimed at building a group of core trainers on responsible tourism. In the coming time, these trainers will continue to deliver the responsible tourism seminars in order to outreach the messages on "responsible tourism" extensively. The seminars are covering topics from 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. It is anticipated that the highly practical seminars with the purpose of building capacity in responsible tourism reach out for some 3,000 beneficiaries across the country by addressing three key stakeholder groups: Authorities, Business sector and Communities.
The initiative to develop and organise this training workshop originated from the current context of Vietnam’s tourism which 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.
Responsible Tourism aims to enhance competitiveness and distinguish Vietnam in the regional and global tourism marketplace as a destination that delivers high quality, sustainable, tourism experiences that benefit local people and respect and conserve national resources. These are goals that all stakeholders share, yet achieving these goals requires that all stakeholders must also share the individual and collective responsibilities for making it happen.
At the end of the training, 33 participants were awarded with a Responsible Tourism Certificate. Moreover, in the coming months, the ESRT Programme will support them in implementing the responsible tourism training courses in their localities.
A TRAINING WORKSHOP DIRECTLY INVOLVES IN PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
By conducting the training workshop, the ESRT directly contributed to environmental protection. All training materials used during the training have been disseminated electronically. They were uploaded to the ESRT website and available for participants.for download to their personal computers or via barcode scanner to their mobile devices
Not printing the training material kits, including 16 presentation units (total of 1,571 slides) and the Responsible Tourism Toolkit for Vietnam (125 pages), saved 15,006 paper sheets which equals to 30 reams of paper. This is a small action, which has a huge meaning by directly sending across the message on "being responsible to the environment".