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