For the last few decades, tourism saw remarkable growth contributing to national and local economy. In fact, tourism accounts for 10 per cent of the global GDP, creating 1 in every 11 jobs in the world. Every year, millions of tourists flock to various tourist attractions such as historical sites, museums and coastlines, bringing income and jobs to local economies. Identifying and developing the right resources at the local level can be an innovative opportunity for economic and social growth in the communities. In addition, given the fact that more and more people seek for pure nature, authentic experiences, local resources can be an valuable asset for tourism development.
Local developments have tremendous potential for economic and social growth with the vast range of natural and cultural resources they have. Yet, the resources have not been properly developed and managed for the benefit of local communities. Identifying natural and cultural resources is essential for the long term economic and social development at local levels. Moreover, sustainable tourism development is crucial to conserve our nature and culture while maximizing the benefits of the development.
In this regard, this workshop provides a venue for participants to understand the relationship between sustainable eco-tourism and local development through innovative training for local authorities. Best practices on sustainable tourism development with local actors will be presented, offering opportunities to explore well-designed tourism development cases around the world. There will be sessions to discuss good policies and practical sustainable tourism projects in line with the UN SDGs. Finally, the workshop will help local elements effectively develop relevant policies, promoting and enhancing their geographical advantages for the social, environmental and economic benefits in the long term.
- The workshop aims to build capacity of participants on Eco-innovation through tourism, whilst promoting awareness and recognition on the importance of local development. For the capacity building, this event will;
- Provide an opportunity for the local governments in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange tourism policies and best practices on community development relevant to sustainable tourism through city-to-city cooperation;
- Promote a learning atmosphere between cities and establish a strong network which can be utilized after the workshop;
- Offer a venue for knowledge sharing and discussion and motivate participants to implement tourism policies, with particular focus on developing local resources.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:
• Understand the sustainable tourism trends and local development in the context of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda;
• Utilize the lessons learned from the good cases of eco-tourism;
• Have a basic understanding of sustainable tourism and deepen the ideas of sustainable practices for regional/city/local development through local actor’s participation;
• Share the best practices of the community/local government-driven tourism projects;
• Coordinate partnerships to effectively promote the benefits of eco-tourism with civil societies, government and local entrepreneurs.
The training will be composed of the following sessions:
- Basic concept of local development and the UN SDGs
- Tourism as an economic development tool: from resource to heritage
- Identifying natural and cultural resources for tourism deveopment
- Marketing strategy for tourism destination
- Forest management for tourism: conserving forests while maximizing benefits
- Monitoring and evaluating tourism projects
- Tourism finance and investment
- Tourism development: case studies on heritage development
- UNITAR-Developed City-Share Methodology
** Sessions are flexible to changes. **
The training will be comprised of:
- Lectures and presentations by experts (English and Korean)
- Self-assessment exercise
- Group work and discussion
- Action plan presentation
- Field visit to well-managed touristic spots
Central/local authorities and representatives from NGOs, regional and community-based organizations, academic and training institutions and other local actors, who are working in the field of tourism and rural development within the Asia-Pacific region.
** Participants should have sufficient command of both written and spoken English.