For the past 15 years ecoplan:net ltd. has provided tourism training workshops at the national and international level in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America.
ecoplan:net president, James Mac Gregor, began offering workshops when he was commissioned, in 1989, by the Banff Centre for Management, to design and deliver Canada's first ecotourism training program.
In 1995, ecoplan:net ltd. assumed full responsibility for the training program and since that time has trained more than 2300 learners in 9 countries.
- The Mix of Planning Workshops
The initial workshops focused exclusively on ecotourism planning, product development and marketing. However over the past 7 years ecoplan:net has been commissioned to expand the scope of workshops and seminars.
As a result additional training sessions were designed for the following:
- Sustainable Tourism Development Policy and Guidelines
- Corporate Green Management Strategies
- Park and Protected Area Planning
- Business Planning and Marketing
- Ecotourism Train-the-Trainer ProgramAll training programs include workbooks, training manuals, and educational materials.
- The Workshops Offer the Participants a Practical Planning Product
All workshops are designed to produce a tourism product or combination of specific outcomes for each participant.
These products may include:
- a community or regional tourism development plan and implementation strategy;
- a corporate environmental strategy including policies and environmental audits;
- select tour itineraries, ecotourism facilities development plan, ecolodge feasibility analysis, all-inclusive package tours, etc.;
- resource management and/or protected area/ park master plan;
- financing, training, marketing, and implementation tactics and strategies;
- business plan for a consulting company.- An Interactive and Experiential Workshop Process
The workshops have been designed on the philosophy that "doing planning is learning planning." The workshops enable participants to become totally immersed in the planning process and interact with participant in small working groups.