Tourism Education and Training

7th IFT Training at the Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training

The Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training of IFT will organize the 7th Training Programme on “Sustainable Tourism Planning and Destination Management” in collaboration with UNWTO

The Institute for Tourism Studies’ (IFT) Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training (GCTET) in collaboration with UNWTO will organize an eight-day training programme on the theme of “Sustainable Tourism Planning & Destination Management” from 15-22 May 2019 in Macao SAR.  

This will be the seventh edition of the Training Programme. A maximum of 20 participants from South Asian UNWTO Member States will be invited by IFT to attend the trainning. 

This Training Programme began in 2015 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNWTO and the Macao SAR Government to enhance the cooperation between the two parties to improve the quality of human capital and increasing the competitiveness of tourism destinations in order to achieve sustainable tourism development. Through this collaboration, a total 127 participants from UNWTO Member States were trained, strengthening Macao SAR's position as an international tourism training hub.

The 7th Training Porgramme will  include lectures, case studies analysis, experience sharings, presentations and technical visits. The lectures will be delivered by IFT professors and scholars. During the programme, the technical visits will aim to provide the participants with practical examples of sustainable tourism planning and destination management through case studies located in Macao (e.g. historical sites, hotels, etc.). 

About IFT

Established in 1995, the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao (IFT) offers the most extensive selection of tourism and hospitality related bachelor degree programmes in Macao, and about twenty thousand participants attend its vocational and professional training courses annually. IFT collaborates with 104 universities and tourism organisations around the world, and builds strong links with 500 leading tourism and hospitality corporations to offer internship opportunities to its students. Being the first institution accredited by the UNWTO.TedQual Certification System for tourism education, IFT has now 8 bachelor degree programmes with the Certification. Currently, the Institute has the most number of bachelor degree programmes certified under the System of any tertiary education establishment worldwide. In 2017, IFT became the world’s first higher education institution to pass International Quality Review(IQR) from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). IFT has been highly ranked by QS World University Rankings in the subject area of Hospitality and Leisure Management. In addition, IFT has received the Medal of Merit in Tourism from the Macao SAR Government, and twice won the Gold Award in ‘Education and Training’ from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Training Coordinators from IFT

Professor John Ap
Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training
Institute for Tourism Studies
Colina de Mong-Há Macau, China
Tel: (853) 8598 1254
Ms. Helen Wong
Tourism College
Institute for Tourism Studies
Colina de Mong-Há Macau, China
Tel: (853) 8598-1344

Training Coordinator from UNWTO

Ms. Orianne Derrier
Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
C/ Poeta Joan Maragall 42, Madrid 28020, Spain
Tel: +34 91 567 8100


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