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Sustainable Tourism Online Learning Featured September 27, 2011

by Michael Colby last modified Jul 30, 2014 07:41 PM
Contributors: USAID
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USAID NRM Office launches a set of nine online courses developed to help stakeholders better understand how tourism can be developed sustainably. The courses are the result of compiling the lessons and best practices from the USAID Global Sustainable Tourism Alliance (GSTA) program, and other tourism development experiences.
Rapid and continuous growth over the past twenty years has made tourism one of the world's most significant sources of employment and of GDP, and it is now widely recognized to be one of the world's largest industries.  Tourism particularly benefits the economies of developing countries, where most of the sector's new jobs and businesses are being created.  This rapid growth has encouraged many developing nations to view tourism as key to promoting economic growth.  To this end, tourism has tremendous potential to help achieve USAID's strategic objectives of economic growth and poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation, and natural resources management, and it is a powerful tool for addressing other important cross-cutting agendas such as gender equity, global health, education, and local governance.  In recent years, USAID Mission and Field Office requests have increased for technical assistance with design and implementation of projects that will be successful and sustainable long past their USAID-funded project life.
The course materials are public access (no registration required, free of charge, on a non-academic credit basis), but your registration will allow you to actively participate in discussions of the material, and to take quizzes to check yourself for understanding at the end of each course.

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