Academic Programs

Sustainable Tourism Leadership Certificate

PCGS alumna Marcela B. ('15) interning with the United Nations World Tourism Organization. From left to right: Mr. Sarbuland Khan, Senior Counsellor of the NY United Nations Liaison Office, Marcela, PCGS professor Dr. Dave Randle, and Mr. Richard Jordan, DPI/NGO Conference Chairman with United Nations.

PCGS alumna Marcela B. ('15) interning with the United Nations World Tourism Organization. From left to right: Mr. Sarbuland Khan, Senior Counsellor of the NY United Nations Liaison Office, Marcela, PCGS professor Dr. Dave Randle, and Mr. Richard Jordan, DPI/NGO Conference Chairman with United Nations.

Certificate Description:

Tourism is on the largest industries in the world, accounting for 9% of the world GDP and 10.5% of the world's workforce. Tourism is also the fastest growing industry in the world and the ecotourism/ sustainable tourism sector is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. The goal of this certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to develop sustainable tourism programs that meet Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

This certificate program will provide a general foundation of sustainable tourism and related concepts of sustainability. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in the tourism and hospitality industry.

 

Required Courses (6 credit hours): 

This course focuses on environmentally and socially responsible tourism strategies and innovations, including initiatives such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It examines how destinations have improved competitiveness by creating environmentally and socially friendly tourism products and services. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, and looks at how to create environmental management systems (EMS) with broad public/private support.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course focuses the ecotourism and sustainable tourism management for coastal habitat and marine protection. The course includes strategies and innovations, including best practices developed in the global "Blue Criteria" and the Sustainable Travel "Shore Excursion" criteria. It examines the major threats of coastal habitat and marine environments, such as ocean acidification, climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, examines twelve cost effective strategies for coastal and marine habitat protection and provides an introduction to culture based leadership development for change.

*This course is available on-campus and online. 

 

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Choose two:

Examine organizational effectiveness methodologies including Continuous Quality Improvement, Six Sigma, Geri, Hospitality Leadership and Sustainability as they relate to human resources leadership and effectiveness in the hospitality industry.

*This course is only available online.

Managerial accounting & financial management as practiced in the hospitality industry is covered. It applies principles of finance & accounting to decision-making that can be applied to the hospitality industry.

*This course is only available on-campus.

Overview of cruise industry: history, operating and marketing procedures, career opportunities, ship profiles, itineraries, and ports of call. Guest speakers, plus optional field trip included.

*This course is only available on-campus.

 

Point of Contact

If you have any general questions relating to PCGS graduate certificate programs,please contact

Toure Rider
813-974-9943
trider@usf.edu