Sustainable Tourism: Rethinking the future

Gain the skills and knowledge to rethink current tourism developments and reimagine practices to build alternatives futures.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Registration period

Tue 7 July 2020 until Tue 2 March 2021

Mon 26 October 2020 until Tue 6 July 2021


Mon 26 October 2020 until Tue 11 May 2021

Tue 2 March 2021 until Tue 24 August 2021

Duration 9 weeks, 6-8 hours per week
Location Online
Certificate Course materials free, add a verified certificate for €87

About this course

Are you aware of the sheer size and rapid development of tourism? And do you like to engage in meaningful debates about these developments as they appear today and/or tomorrow? If so, this course is for you! Learn more about different social science perspectives to tourism. Implement these perspectives to a tourism practice of your choice, and share your insights through regular feedback with experts and other participants in this course. Learn and work on promising and new tourism developments, such as Van Life and voluntourism. In this course, you'll explore these and other inspiring changes observed in the tourism industry. You'll make use of interdisciplinary insights to rethink the status quo of tourism.

Alternatives can only become real if we allow for an open space for continuous discussion and representations of new ideas. Not only do we provide space for discussion here, this MOOC will also offer a platform for ongoing discussions of tourism developments after completion of the course. Through social media, you will be invited to remain connected to novel ideas.

The effects of Corona virus on the tourism industry

There is no doubt that the tourism industry is being affected by the Covid-19 corona virus outbreak. How will we recover, and will we fully recover? How does corona effects the tourists and their behaviour? And how can we pick up after this? How do we take it from here? Since it’s so relevant, we will address these questions and this topic in this MOOC and make room for this on our discussion platform and case studies.

What you'll learn

  • How to implement insights from various tourism disciplines to current developments in the tourism industry
  • The latest tourism developments across the world
  • Ways to become part of ongoing dialogues on developments for the future of tourism

Professional Certificate Program

This MOOC is part of the Professional Certificate Programme Sustainable Tourism, along with the MOOC Sustainable Tourism: Society & Environmental Aspects.

By joining these MOOCs you will learn about the developments in tourism and the interrelationships between tourism, the economy, society and the environment. You will learn about the different types of sustainable tourism practices, like ecotourism. The MOOCs can be joined separately or as a programme.

Meet the instructors