Project Development for Sustainable Tourism: A Step by Step Approach
Webinar hosted by: Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
Date: Tuesday 10 September, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm (Paris), 8:00 pm (Bangkok),
8:00 am (Panama City), 9:00 am (Washington, DC)
Duration: 1 Hour
Participation: Free, based on first-come-first serve basis
Limit to 50
About Eileen Gutierrez, Senior Research Advisor to the George Washington University’s Institute for International Tourism Studies
Eileen Gutierrez is a sustainable tourism development professional with over a decade of experience at global, national, and community levels in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Eileen played a pivotal management role in the implementation of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Sustainable Tourism Alliance (GSTA).
As GSTA Program Manager and Senior Tourism Advisor for projects in Ethiopia, Mali, and Ecuador, Eileen coordinated operational and financial support and provided technical assistance to in-country managers.
Prior to the GSTA, Eileen worked with Conservation International (CI), advising and training field staff world-wide in ecotourism project development including Bolivia’s first profitable community-owned and operated ecolodge.
Currently, Eileen consults for the George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies (GW IITS) project development. She supports GW IITS’s Higher Education Partnership Program in Tunisia. Eileen developed the Project Development for Sustainable Tourism: A Step by Step Approach seminar for USAID, GW and UNWTO Themis Foundation Tourism.
About the Webinar:
The Webinar will share key points from Project Development for Sustainable Tourism seminar, which forms part of the UNWTO’s Tourism and International Development Course and USAID’s online Sustainable Tourism course.
a. This Webinar will introduce the participants to developing a sustainable tourism project that contributes to international development goals.
b. The target audience consists of professionals engaged in development assistance in developing countries and working on sustainable tourism projects, including staff from donors, government agencies, NGOs, consulting firms, universities, businesses, and related entities.
The project proposal is a key planning and design tool, which most funding organizations require as part of their approval process. It describes in clear terms the projects goals and objectives; the background surrounding the issues; the key challenges and opportunities involved; main activities planned; project communication strategies; how outcomes may be measured; the organizations involved and their roles; the risks involved; a budget estimate; and, what happens after the project ends.
Producing a successful sustainable tourism proposal involves early project planning and coordination efforts. For sustainable tourism this planning typically involves a rapid assessment process of economic, environmental, and social contexts where stakeholders’ involvement greatly facilitates an understanding of the project area and agreement on project goals, objectives, and activities.
The webinar will guide participants through key steps to completing a results oriented project proposal. Participants will gain an understanding of what is required in order to develop a project proposal which meets the most donor and other funding organization requirements.