Love the outdoors? Ecotourism has emerged out of a growing interest in a range of environmentally responsible outdoor activities from bushwalking and bird watching to rafting and even mountain climbing! This course is ideal for those looking to provide facilities and services to people interested in nature-based holidays or experiences. It’s also a great catalyst for those keen to start or manage their own ecotourism business – whether that’s a small-scale B&B or a large eco-resort!
The Certificate of Ecotourism Managementis an online professional development program that will give you insights into all aspects of ecotourism, including managing destinations, accommodation, transport, safety and legal considerations.
In this ecotourism management course, you will learn about the nature and scope of ecotourism, the management issues involved, suitable industry destinations, and how to best operate a tour desk or office.
You will also study the types of catering and accommodation facilities, legal considerations like National Parks usage, and safety strategies, including First Aid.
On completion of this course, you’ll have a strong understanding of ecotourism and have raised your awareness of the industry to see opportunities differently – perhaps by running your own ecotourism business!
Unit 1 – Nature and scope of ecotourism
Definition of ecotourism
Principles of ecotourism
Unit 2 – Management issues
Recreation and the environment
Recreational impacts on the environment
Ethical and legal concerns
Code of practice for ecotourism operators
Incorporating ecotourism principles into activities
Planning for minimal impact
Unit 3 – Industry destinations
The ecotourism market
What do ecotourists want?
Trends in international tourism
Understanding the needs of the consumer
Unit 4 – The tour desk/office
Employment prospects in ecotourism
Unit 5 – Accommodation facilities
Types of accommodation facilities
Layout of facilities
Unit 6 – Catering facilities
Introduction to catering
Accepted practice for service facilities
Storing and preserving food
Unit 7 – Legal considerations
Land use/planning restrictions
Code of practice
Unit 8 – Safety
The safety strategy
Unit 9 – Planning an ecotourism activity
A special project where the student plans out an ecotourism activity including:
Estimated duration 50 hours
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