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Climate change – how to manage it


New low-price scholarships announced for 1st Green Growth&Travelism Summer School: August 25-29, 2014.

The future demands a new way of doing business. Next year, world leaders will agree new frameworks for Climate Response and Sustainable Development. This Summer School in the beautiful province of Limburg in Belgium will help travel and tourism managers and graduates prepare to operate under a new norm.

How to understand the impacts and take advantage of the opportunities? What are the greatest threats and where are they most likely to hit? What scenarios can we envision and how can we model them? Where are our transport and hospitality systems most vulnerable and what are the low carbon options? What steps can be taken now to prepare? Which new financing mechanisms will be available?

These are the kind of new reality issues we will consider in a series of interactive discussions with leading experts from government, industry and academia. Goldman Award winner Ignace Schops, Director of Belgium`s National Park and an Al Gore Leadership fellow, along with Professor Geoffrey Lipman who played a leading role in WTTC and UNWTO Sustainability and Climate initiatives will be the Course Directors. Professor Geert Wets, Head of the renowned Hasselt University Transportation Research Institute will lead discussions on sustainable transport options. With site visits to the National Park and EU Headquarters, this will be a practical learning and engagement experience.

Thanks to new sponsorships, we are able to offer 20 scholarships for our Summer School covering Green Growth, and Travel&Tourism. The next 20 registrations will be eligible for a scholarship of 300€ on the course fee of 600 €. REGISTER NOW ggtsummerschool.be.

Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, said “Climate change is the biggest existential challenge for mankind: travel and tourism is the biggest human activity on the planet – it`s time to stop analyzing and start acting. Our program is high impact, low cost and a lifetime learning experience.”

A series of lectures devoted to transport and hospitality sustainability topics and case studies will be given by leading experts in the fields of climate change, green growth, travelism, mobility and biodiversity. These will be completed by field trips and interactive debates, focusing on practical applications and career development for course participants.

This innovative and though provoking summer school represents on ideal learning and networking opportunity for graduate students and young management professionals in the Travel and Tourism industry and those sectors which are part of its value chain.

Lecturers will include Professor Terry DeLacy and Geoffrey Lipman of Victoria University (Australia), Professor Geert Wets of Hasselt University (Belgium) and Professor Shaun Vorster of Stellenbosch University (South Africa).

The first Green Growth and Travelism Summer School will take place in Belgium, August 25-29th, 2014. Early bird rates apply until 15th June 2014!

Book your place now at www.ggtsummerschool.be !

Hasselt University is an independent innovative university which is regionally anchored and has a pronounced international orientation. The university stands for excellence in education, top research in spearhead fields and active engagement in innovation/entrepreneurship. The overall objective is to combine academic excellence with economic&social relevance. The university aims to widen participation, addressing all talents, and inspires its students and staff to develop their full potential in a dynamic environment.

Hasselt University targets students with attractive undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs which are research-led and characterized by a high academic level and the integration of lifelong employability skills. The programs are supported by a range of innovative and effective teaching and learning forms.

The Green Growth&Travelism Institute is a non-profit international University R&D network. It has anchor university partners in Belgium, Australia, China, Peru, Korea, Indonesia, Zambia and the UK, with a dozen more under discussion. Its goal is to create an academic underpinning to the Green Growth&Travelism paradigm – with shared curriculum elements, summer schools, distance learning&entrepreneurship focused programs.

Click here to learn more about GGTI and the launch of the Maurice Strong University Network at the occasion of Maurice Strong`s 85th birthday on April 29th, 2014.

This program is supported by the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP)

ICTP is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. ICTP engages communities and their stakeholders to share quality and green opportunities including tools and resources, access to funding, education, and marketing support.

ICTP advocates sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel formalities, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. ICTP supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization`s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them. For more information go to www.ictp.travel


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