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Likewise, CIFAL Jeju/JITC has expanded its scope of workshops to include various aspects of economic development, such as sustainable urbanization, tourism, entrepreneurship, rural and agricultural development, smart city, green finance, and so on.

2016 May 24-27 : "Sustainable Tourism: Policies for Delivering Social, Environmental and Economic Benefits in the Asia-Pacific Region" 기사를 twitter로 보내기 기사를 facebook으로 보내기 2016.03.04

"Sustainable Tourism: Policies for Delivering Social, Environmental and Economic Benefits in the Asia-Pacific Region"

Jeju, Republic of Korea, 24-27 May 2016 (Tues - Fri)


Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General has clarified that “tourism is a surprisingly strong and resilient economic activity as well as a fundamental contributor to the economic activity” in his opening speech at Spain Global Tourism Forum . Certainly, tourism has shown a dynamic increase in the international tourist arrivals recording 1,130 million in 2014, occupying 9% of global GDP, and creating one in every 11 jobs worldwide . Particularly, Asia and the Pacific region showed the strongest growth in tourism population, welcoming 263million international tourists in 2014. By sub-region, the North-East and South Asia recorded a firm growth by 7% average. Further, some of the major popular destinations achieved even higher increases suggested as follows; Japan (+29%), Taiwan (pr. Of China)(+24%), and Republic of Korea in North-East Asia and India (+11%), and Sri Lanka (+20%) in South Asia .

As the tourism has gained more popularity and importance, with many projects being implemented around the world, it attracted people’s attention to the questions of how to develop tourism policies. That is, people have witnessed reckless development is manifested in some negative consequences and problems. Ecological degradation and loss of cultural heritage are one side of the adverse effects. Not only the environmental changes but the issues of social engagement, and respect amongst diverse groups of people are the challenges that we face with. For a long-term outlook, people have an untold consent that these could be the latent risk factors that threaten even the merit of the current tourism development, economically.

In this sense, tourism has become internationally and officially recognized within the UN dialogue like the UN Commission on sustainable Development (1999) for the question of ‘quality tourism’ rather than its ‘quantifiable volume’. The dominant agenda on tourism development has moved its focus from ‘how much developed’ to ‘how well developed’, which called for the need of sustainable development. Finally, sustainable tourism has been clearly adopted in the final draft of the Post-2015 Development Agenda which pursues a will of sustainable development in tourism.

In this regards, the workshop will raise awareness on UN initiatives for sustainable tourism. It also includes a solid grasp of its principles, strategies, challenges & opportunities and financial cooperation by looking at some case studies such as a community-based policy development method. Through the live voices of international/ national/ local experts, the participants will have a chance to develop the relevant policies to promote their natural and cultural heritage site for social, environmental and economic benefits.

Event Objectives

The capacity building workshop, whilst promoting awareness and recognition of sustainable tourism, will:

? - Provide an opportunity for local governments and cities in the Asia-Pacific region to transfer knowledge and promote discussion.
? - Offer a venue to exchange their best practices throughout city-to-city cooperation.
? - Promote a learning atmosphere between cities and establish a strong network that they can utilize after the workshop.
? - Inspire motivation to participants for implementing sustainable tourism policies in practice.

Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop, through the action plan session, the participants will be able to:

? - Understand regional tourism trends and international initiatives in the context of Post-2030 Development Agenda
? - Utilize the lessons learned from the cases of tourism policy implementation in the Asia-Pacific region and internationally for their action plans.
? - Prioritize actions, targets, indicators and measures of progress to optimize the positive impacts of the regional tourism policy.
? - Describe methodology and a checklist needed for policy development considering both challenges and advantages of their region.
? - Have understanding of a local-based development methodology and deepen the ideas of sustainable practices for regional/city/local development through local people’s participation.
? - Coordinate partnerships to effectively promote the benefits of sustainable tourism policies with private sectors and civil society.

Content and Structure

The training will include the following:

? [Session 1-1] UNWTO and sustainable tourism development/
? [Session 1-2] Sustainable tourism overview
? [Session 2] Translating sustainable tourism policies into actionable management
? [Session 3-1] Introduction to Jeju tourism policy
? [Session 3-2] Walking, slow life and sustainable tourism, Olle Trail
? [Session 4] Eco-tourism in Asia-Pacific countries
? [Session 5] Simulating sustainable tourism policy implementation: Monitoring & Evaluation
? [Jeju Forum] [Session 6-1] Improving urban road safety in the Asia-Pacific region
? [Jeju Forum] [Session 6-2] Panelist conference on sustainable tourism
? [Jeju Forum] [Session 6-3 Government introduction for collaborative governance
? [Session 7] Sustainable tourism investment and finance
? [Session 8] Development finance for sustainable tourism
? [Session 9] Action plan development

** Sessions are on process and flexible to changes **


The training will be comprised of:

? - Lectures by experts
? - Simulation of policy implementation
? - Self-assessment exercise
? - Group work and discussion
? - Action plan development and presentation
? - Study visit to tourism project sites

Target Audience

? - High-level authorities and experts from central and local/city governments
? - Representatives from NGOs, region- & community-based organizations, academic and training institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-Pacific Region

** Participants should be expected to work in the related field for at least one year after the Workshop
** Participants should have sufficient command of both written and spoken English

Event Details

? - Event type: workshop (training program)
? - Date: 24th ? 27th May (Tues ? Fri), 2016
? - Venue: UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC, International Convention Center, Jeju-do, ROK
? - Organizers: UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC, UNITAR, UCLG-ASPAC, Jeju Forum, and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
? - Collaboration: Jeju Tourism Organization
? - Certificate: UNITAR and UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC will jointly issue a certificate on the last day of the training

** The workshop will be jointly arranged with the 11th Jeju Forum. CIFAL Jeju encourages participants to experience the internationally renowned world forum. The session on 25th May will take place as a session of Jeju Forum where all participants will attend in the International Convention Center**


Applicants are required to:
? - Summit necessary documents on time, i.e., application forms etc.
? - Complete and submit pre-training assignment, i.e., case study description etc.
? - Actively participate in the training program
? - Be fluent in written and spoken English

How to apply

Send the following documents to by 29th March 2016 (Tuesday):

1. Application form
2. Case study description
3. Letter of nomination
4. Letter of commitment
5. Acknowledgement, waiver and release of liability
6. Consent to collection, usage, and disclosure of personal information
7. Curriculum vitae (CV) ※ Your own form

※Document 1,2,3,4,5,6 can be downloaded from


- Late application will not be accepted.
- Applicants are subject to the selection process by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC
- Selected participants will be informed individually

Assistance with travel cost

- UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC provides a LIMITED financial assistance with the airfare to Jeju-do, ROK.
- Expenses in Korea (transportation, accommodation and meals during the workshop) will be covered by CIFAL Jeju/JITC.
- All other expenses are the responsibility of the participants.
- Expenses will be reimbursed in cash on the last day of the workshop (27, May)

CIFAL Jeju's air fare assistance limit

? Eastern Asia US$ 300 (from Mongolia US$ 400)
? South-Eastern Asia US$ 450 (from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar US$ 650)
? Southern Asia US$ 800 (from Sri Lanka US$ 700, from Nepal US$ 950)
? Pacific Islands US$ 1,200

* Other points of departure ? please contact UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC.
* the table represents the maximum amount of financial assistant for a round-trip international air travel.

Application form is attached
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