sustainable water tourism development

Sustainable Water Tourism Development

QQI Level 5: Certificate in Sustainable Water Tourism

Duration: 8 Week Course, starting March 1st

Apply to: Directly to Waterways College

1 full day per week at the Hub Graiguenmanagh and will include guest lectures

Programme Aim

To develop the skills, knowledge and ability of participants, in Ecotourism, especially with reference to inland waterway ecology.

This reflects Failte Ireland’s Strategic Priority to drive Climate Action by helping tourism and hospitality businesses contribute to climate action targets. It also aims to help businesses become more sustainable by introducing actionable measures. This can

Target Audience

Individuals and businesses who wish to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of ecotourism and water ecology. This programme is very suitable for tour guides, activity operators, tourism accommodation businesses, angling businesses, water based activity businesses, and community groups who want to develop inland waterways as an asset to the community.

Learning outcomes will include the following:

  • Explain the principles of ecotourism and how they can be applied to a tourism enterprise through certification
  • Assess the socio-cultural benefits of ecotourism
  • Explain the need for biodiversity, and the role of natural resources as a tourism asset
  • Explain the relationship between people, planet and profit in ecotourism
  • Evaluate the role of ecolabelling in tourism
  • Apply the principles of conservation to tourism, including the management of visitor numbers and the principles of outdoor ethics
  • Develop an ecotourism package including a marketing strategy
  • Implement environmentally sustainable policies in a tourism enterprise

Module 1

Principles of Sustainable Tourism Development

Concepts of Sustainable tourism and development. The relationship between the environment and tourism.

How to develop sustainable tourism. Factors that promote and hinder sustainable tourism. The importance of sustainable tourism in an environmental, economic and socio-cultural context. Environmental threats and issues affecting the natural environment in particular climate change, biodiversity and water shortages on both a national and international level.

Module 2

Application and Models of Sustainability

Problems associated with implementing strategies of sustainable tourism. Issues with selecting, measuring, monitoring and evaluating sustainable tourism indicators. Models of sustainable tourism including Jafari’s ‘Platform’ Model; UNWTO Indicators of Sustainable Tourism.

Module 3

Climate Change

Understanding the concept of Climate change and its significance. Impact of Climate change on the tourism industry on both a global and national level. Tourism as a contributor to the problem of climate change. How to protect and keep our water clean. Mitigating the impact of Climate change.

Module 4

Sustainable Tourism Planning and Sustainability

Sustainable tourism planning and governments responsibilities – models of tourism planning, the role of various government agencies EPA, SEAI and Failte Ireland’s Environmental Plan for Sustainable tourism development. The benefits of an Environmental Management System (EMS ) in a tourism business. The five stages in the process of developing an EMS and the development of an Environment Plan for a tourism business.

Module 5

Strategies for Environmental Sustainability in Ireland

Strategies for sustainable tourism development in Ireland including waste and water management. Environmental Awards and Eco-labelling -The Global Tourism Sustainable Criteria (STEP award), the Green Hospitality Award, Eco tourism Award.