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Drive sustainability in the tourism industry

Professional Certificate in
Sustainable Tourism
WageningenX

What you will learn

  • Recognize and co-create future narratives that are useful for writing business cases and/or project proposals in your professional context.
  • Understand tourism as a social and environmental complex phenomenon.
  • Gain an overview of global tourism development.
  • Learn about the latest tourism developments across the world.
  • Become part of ongoing dialogues on developments for the future of tourism.

Did you know the tourism industry is one of the largest industries worldwide? It faces many challenges, especially in taking on responsibilities to become more sustainable.

The societal importance of tourism has grown significantly in recent decades. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism represents over 9% of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for nearly 8% of global employment. But tourism is more than just a powerful economic force. It is also closely linked to major global changes in culture, politics, technology and the environment. It affects the quality of life and well-being of individuals and regions and plays an important role in community, regional and urban development. Bringing sustainable tourism into practice benefits the whole community.

Join this program and learn about the developments in tourism and the interrelationships between tourism, the economy, society and the environment. You will learn about the different types of sustainable tourism practices, like ecotourism.

The effects of Corona virus on the tourism industry

There is no doubt that the tourism industry is being affected by the Covid-19 corona virus outbreak. How will we recover, and will we fully recover? How does corona effects the tourists and their behaviour? And how can we pick up after this? How do we take it from here? Since it’s so relevant, we will address these questions in our Tourism MOOCs and make room for this on our discussion platform and case studies.

Verified Track

This program offers significant additional value for learners in the verified track. You will work with real life cases. These are cases developed in collaboration with practitioners working on inspiring developments in tourism today. By engaging in a case, you will implement diverse approaches, share insights amongst team-members and teachers, develop an international network and, most importantly, rethink a tourism development of your interest. Subscribe to this program now and help make tourism greener!

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
4 months
6 - 8 hours per week
$178.20
$198USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. WageningenX's Sustainable Tourism Professional Certificate

  2. 5–7 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Gain the skills and knowledge to drive sustainability in the largest industry worldwide: tourism! Understand the scope next to social and environmental implications of growth in this exciting field of study.

  3. Started Apr 28, 2020
    6–8 hours per week, for 9 weeks

    Gain the skills and knowledge to rethink current tourism developments and reimagine practices to build alternatives futures.

    • It’s one of the largest industries of the world!
    • There are just over 12 million people employed in the European Union in economic activities related to tourism and the demand is increasing.
    • While Travel & Tourism is one of the largest economic sectors, there is always need in skilled gamechangers.
    • The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It marked the beginning of a visible awareness of making the industry greener.

Meet your instructors

from Wageningen University & Research (WageningenX)
Jonas Skutka
Teaching Assistant for Cultural Geography Group
Wageningen University & Research
Joost van Heiningen
Teaching assistant
Wageningen University & Research
Dr. Arjaan Pellis
Lecturer Cultural Geography
Wageningen University & Research

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Program endorsements

Tourism is a fast growing and fast changing industry. Digitalization, geopolitical developments, changing customers and especially sustainability are drivers of change that push our industry to new limits. But growth also brings responsibilities. I’m deeply convinced that, in this era of transition, we need professionals with excellent education. Professionals who not only have the traditional tourism knowledge and skills but even more important they need critical thinking skills, they need to be able to make new connections inside and outside our industry, having the self-awareness and confidence that will empower them to take on unfamiliar and new challenges that Tourism will be facing in the near future. Programs like edX Sustainable Tourism are a fantastic tool that will enable students to get a much broader frame of reference and supporting them to become the open minded “agents of change” we need to bring our Tourism industry a step further.

Frank Oostdam , President, "Algemene Nederlandse Vereniging van Reisondernemingen” (Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators)

City in Balance, City of Amsterdam

While the City of Amsterdam is facing an impressive growth in number of residents and visitors, we are eager to gain intelligent and out of the box solutions from students and experts around the world. We’re looking for both extreme ideas and hands on measures, whatever can help us getting grip on growth and manage tourism in a sustainable and hospitable way. The edX Sustainable Tourism program is a perfect way to find new ideas and solutions to keep our city liveable and lovable.

Claartje van Ette , Program Manager, City in Balance, City of Amsterdam

SailWise is the organization in North-West Europe that offers challenging multi-day water sports activities and holidays for people with disabilities. With the edX Sustainable Tourism Program, we hope to gain new insights to keep this 'expensive' form of tourism - extra commitment, adjustments, etc. - financially future-proof.

Menne Scherpenzeel , CEO, SailWise, The Netherlands

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