Course title: Sustainable Ecotourism Development


      Ecotourism has often been used to promote nature and adventure tourisms without caring for their environmental impacts nor their carrying capacities. Ideally ecotourism should promotes nature conservation and sustainable development for the surrounding communities from the income generated from the tourism industry, but a good balance between travel industry and the ecological, economic and social conditions has been one of the major problems threatening both the industry and the environment. Sustainable ecotourism is thus an important issue for all parties involved whether it be the government, the local communities, the environment protection groups and the travel industry or authorities. To develop an ecotourism industry, the various impacts which visitors have on the environment, and the nature and scale of impact that the environment can sustain must be carefully studied where well-balanced business and management plans must be carefully drawn out.

      This course introduces the basic concepts of ecotourism, the surrounding management issues, the understanding of ecological issues, the business development, with an introduction to the information and communication technology.

Course description:

      This course introduces basic science and technology necessary for the development of ecotourism to ensure its sustainability. It is aimed at promoting tourism planners, conservationists, businesses and communities to work together to develop sustainable ecotourism plans and products. It covers all aspects from ecology, model for sustainable tourism, business management and applications of ICT.

Credit: 3 credits

Course duration: 3 months

Target audience:

1. Professionals with at least a three-year post-secondary education from any of (but not limited to) the following
2. Conservationists and Environmental Protection officers in ASEAN member countries
3. Tourism business operators
4. Tourism Planners
5. Community Workers

Course components:

1. Introduction to Ecosystem Management
2. Sustainability and Tourism
3. Sustainable Tourism Development
4. Ecotourism Model
5. ICT and Ecotourism
      5.1. Internet Technology
      5.2. GIS and GPS
      5.3. E-business