RT Summer School

Kerala Institute of Tourism & Travel Studies (KITTS) announces international RT Summer School for College/ University Students from 30th June to 4th July 2013 at Kumarakom. The theme of the Summer School is 'Responsible Tourism & Local Economic Development.' Course Fee: INR 30000. The last date for receiving the application is 25th June 2013.

NB: The total seats are limited to 30. The programme will be conducted only if there is a minimum of 15 registrants. If there are no sufficient registrations, the programme will not be conducted and the registration fee will be refunded.

Fee can be deposited in bank with the following details.

Account Name: The Director, Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies
Account Number: 57027206136
Bank: State Bank of Travancore (SBT), Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
IFSC : SBTR0000033

For more details write to sarooproy@rtkerala.com

This summer school has been designed to enable participants to work together to develop knowledge and skills to analyze the economic opportunities for local communities in tourism and to develop intervention strategies. The summer school would give the opportunity to learn from two of the world's leading states practicing Responsible Tourism - Kerala and Gambia. The Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala initiated the Responsible Tourism initiative in 2007 and Kumarakom has become a model destination practicing responsible tourism initiative in the economic, social and environmental front. The participants would get the first-hand experience to learn the RT initiatives in Kerala through the summer school. On the Gambian part, the discussions include The Gambia - enabling market access for economically marginalized produces; the development of ASSET (a trade association for small scale producers); the Gambia is Good initiative developing agricultural linkages; and Juffureh - engaging industry and villagers to improve tourism for local people and their visitors.

The participants will also get the opportunity to interact with local community members and properties practising Responsible Tourism at Kerala

Details of the Programme
Day 1: 30.06.2013: Local Economic Development
  09:00 - 13:00
  Session: How can tourism contribute to local economic development and poverty reduction?
  Resource Persons:
  1. Dr. Harold Goodwin, Professor in Responsible Tourism Management and Director at Leeds Metropolitan University and Director ICRT
  2. Mr. Adama Bah, Travel Foundation Programme Manager, Gambia
  3. Mr. U. V. Jose, Addition Director, Planning & Projects, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
  14:00 - 18:00
  Session 2: Increasing informal sector access to the tourism market and the role of a trade association; the Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET) The Gambia
  Resource Persons:
  1. Mr. Adama Bah
  2. Dr. Harold Goodwin
  Session 3: Creating village experiences for tourists in Kerala
  Resource Person:
  1. Mr. Rupeshkumar K., State Level RT Field Co-ordinator, KITTS
Day 2: 01.07.2013: Employment & Local Sourcing Planning
  09:00 - 13:00
  Session 1: Tourism and Employment
  Resource Person:
  1. Dr. Harold Goodwin
  Session 2: Local Sourcing Planning
  Resource Person:
  1. Dr. G. Chandramohan, Director, Department of Business Administration, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram
  Session 3: Local sourcing and hotels
  Resource Person:
  1. Mr. Adama Bah
  14:00 - 18:00
  Session 4: A case study from Tanzania - coffee farmers and tourism
  Resource Person:
  1. Dr. Harold Goodwin
  Session 5; The Gambia is Good Project
  Resource Person:
  1. Mr. Adama Bah
Day 3: 02.07.2013: Capacity Building and Skill Development
  09:00 - 13:00
  Resource Persons:
  1. Dr. B. Vijayakumar, Principal, KITTS
  2. Mr. Saroop Roy B. R. Asst. Professor & State Project Co-ordinator, Responsible Tourism Initiative, KITTS
  Briefing for visits:
  1. Village Life Experience Package
  2. Coconut Lagoon, CGH Earth property
  14:00 - 21.00
  Interaction with Shri. Jose Dominic, MD & CEO, CGH Earth
  Series of interactions with Coconut Lagoon Staff
Dinner & Cultural Programme at CGH Earth - Managed by RT Team at Kumarakom
Day 4: 03.07.2013: Village Visits
  09:00 - 16:00
  Series of interactions with Local Community, Local Self Government - Managed by RT Team at Kumarakom
Day 5: 04.07.2013: Reporting and Sharing of experiences
  09:00 - 13:00
  Session 1: Debrief on the village and property visits – what were the dynamics, who has gained and why? Who has lost out? Why was Responsible Tourism more successful in one village than the other? How does this relate to experience we’ve all had elsewhere? Are there general lessons to be learnt?
Mr. Adama Bah
  Session 2: Looking at what have been learned from the week
  Resource Person:
Dr. Harold Goodwin

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Government of Kerala, Park View
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