Folder Knowledge Networking, Training and Education

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The development of human potential through networking, education and training is the primary mechanism to implement sustainable tourism development. The implementation of sustainable tourism requires a knowledgeable, skilled and professional workforce which can adapt and innovate.

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Knowledge Networking refers to the transfer of knowledge between individuals and organisations. This can be done in a structured way, with social networking sites such as Facebook and Linked in demonstrating how this works. DestiNet itself is a dedicated knowledge networking tool for sustainable tourism development.  See a list of knowledge networks using DestiNet.

Training and Education is composed of formal, non-formal and informal learning experiences, which now need to occur throughout one’s entire lifetime, hence the term ‘Life-Long Learning’.  At the global level, UN-WTO and UNEP have developed a wide range of education and training resources that can be used to build stakeholder capacity for sustainable tourism development, These handbooks tend to reflect the best of national level good practice. However, many national level organisations produce excellent education and training materials as well (see resources section). 

Organizations leading the sustainable tourism implementation process need to encourage, promote and support networking, training and education for the tourism industry to enable all stakeholders to act responsibly.

The concept of a ‘knowledge economy’ has been pioneered by the EU, who are developing ICT, research, and educational  structures to gain a competitive advantage for European businesses. National and regional governments need to ensure sustainability is a key part of their communications, training and educational development policies, fostered by networking and backed by resources that match demand.

Who is who?

Who is who brings you to stakeholders who are working for making tourism more sustainable. You can filter them on the DestiNet Atlas for your topic of interest, keywords, type of organisation, country, operational level and landscape type. You can display an organisation on the global DestiNet Atlas and ask for editing rights if your organisation should already be listed.


Resources include publications and tools who can help you in making tourism more sustainable. You can filter them for your topic of interest, keywords, landscape type, country - or target group. You can disseminate your sustainable tourism publications or tools and ask for editing rights if they should already be listed.

Good practice
Good Practices present tourism businesses, tour operators, destinations and initiatives who have been finalist or winner of an award or prize for sustainable tourism. You can search in the "Atlas of Excellence" for your topic of interest, keywords, landscape type, country, a.o. If you have been finalist or winner of an award you can ask for being presented on the "Atlas of Excellence" and ask for editing rights if you should already be listed.
Market place
The global sustainable tourism Market Place presents accommodation providers and restaurants, attractions and activities, travel packages, destinations, tour operators and intermediaries who have been certified by a sustainable tourism certification programme. You can filter them on the DestiNet Atlas for their certificate/s, keywords, topics, landscape types, country, a.o. The Market Solutions lead you to more than 100 certification programmes and other services helping you in making your tourism products and services more sustainable. You can place your product or service on the global sustainable tourism Market Place and ask for editing rights should your service already be listed.


The Observatory section leads to organisations, initiatives and tools for observing, monitoring and reporting the sustainable development of your business or destination.


Under each Topic you can join or start an own user group for exchange and networking e.g. with the members of your organisation, your network or project group. For further information please contact the topic folder administration.



Your contribution?

On the topic "Knowledge Networking, Training and Education" DestiNet provides you a lot of helpful organisations, good practice examples, tools and publications -  share your own information and good practices on "My DestiNet"!

With the Tourism Knowledge & Innovation Communities approach You can develop a profile of your own knowledge & innovation community and manage it on an own folder in "My DestiNet".

In order to improve training and education systems in a knowledge economy there is often a need to establish networks or partnerships to implement specific projects. Many single issue NGOs can offer dedicated training and education in such collaborative efforts.

Education and training professionals can  support sustainable tourism in a number of ways e.g. through content of courses and learning materials (on and off line), developing topic learning areas and regional learning offers, managing projects, hosting forums, organize conferences, workshops, and publishing and disseminating articles.

Destination management organisations can set up destination learning areas to improve networking, training and educational offers in the destination.

SME and Micro enterprises need networking, training and education processes to improve competitiveness and sustainability. As recipients of training and education, businesses need concise and commercially relevant learning experiences. They should also seek to build sustainability education into their in-house training systems.


Social networking has risen to the top of the travel agenda as consumers look beyond conventional advertising methods to gain first hand experiences from other travellers. Informal education through the media can be used to promote the sustainable travel message to consumers.

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