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An introduction to regenerative tourism and how co-design can help us get there.

You've heard about regenerative tourism and want to know more?

You are keen to learn practical new ways of working in tourism?

Are you being asked to deliver 'co-design' but don't know what it means?


You want to build resilient, sustainable, inclusive and collaborative tourism and visitor economies?


One-size-fits-all template solutions and destination management plans just don't fit your needs?

In this course, we introduce regenerative tourism and design thinking, two skills that are essential for the future of tourism.

Join us in exploring regenerative tourism and what it means for you, your organisation, your destination and your network.

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A 10 week online cohort course that introduces regenerative tourism, design thinking and systems change for tourism professionals, destination managers, researchers, students, tourism business and industry stakeholders.

Course Objectives

  • Explore regenerative tourism principles and practices

  • Learn about and develop skills in design thinking.

  • Develop a plan of action to be the change you want to see.

Course Content

  • Regenerative tourism meets design thinking. 

  • Blind spots, blinkers and breaking free.

  • Tools of the trade.

  • Getting started and sitting in the mess.

  • The emerging future and the journey ahead.

Course Delivery

A 10-week introductory course that combines cutting edge thinking on regenerative tourism, co-design and systems change.


The course runs over 10 weeks and includes:

5 x Learning circles (Live 2hr zoom sessions every 2 weeks)

5 x Learning modules (incl. reading materials, videos, course notes and resources).

5 x Small group colab circles (every other second week 1-1.5 hrs)

Access to The Tourism CoLab’s membership community (6 months).


  • Familiarity with the characteristics of regenerative tourism.

  • Working knowledge of design thinking, tools and practices.

  • A community of practice around a shared vision for regenerative tourism.

  • Access to a tool kit of design thinking templates to help you on the journey.

  • Certificate of completion.

Our commitment

We offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee or your money back. 


Q. When does the course start and finish?


The course website will open one week prior to the start date. The content for the Introduction and Module 1 will be available at this time. Thereafter, the relevant materials for the next module will be released one week ahead of time.


Q. How is the course run?


The course will be run using Zoom and Teachable (learning resources and worksheets).


On the Learning weeks, webinars will be recorded and made available for viewing. On the CoLab weeks, group work and coaching and will not be recorded.


Q. What happens if I can't attend the live webinars?


The course may be completed asynchronously. That is, you can view the learning materials and the webinar recording in your own time, and go through the CoLab worksheets and exercises on your own. Talk to us if you would like to do the course asynchronously and how we might accommodate your needs.


It may be possible to arrange an alternative meeting time for your CoLab Circle should your group agree.


Q. How long do I have access to the course?


After enrolling, you have access to this course for six (6) months, across any and all devices or until further notice.


Q. What if I am unhappy with the course?


We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.


Q. Will the course be offered at a later date?


Yes. The course will be offered again (dates to be confirmed) but we can't guarantee the same pricing. If you would like to take the course now, all the materials including the webinars will be available for download to view at a later date, and you can email the instructor anytime.


Designed and delivered by experts

Regenerative tourism is a hot topic. So is co-design. You will find lots of so-called experts and consultants using the terminology. But do they really have a deep understanding of regenerative tourism? Do they have the creative problem solving and design thinking skills to really take you on the journey you need? 

Regenerative tourism is not a 'tick and flick' exercise. It is not a branding strategy. It's not sustainable tourism by another name. It's a real opportunity to deliver positive change if we do it right... and it starts with a learning journey. 

We've been researching, teaching, consulting and mentoring in what is now known as regenerative tourism for 30 years. We are award-winning educators, community development practitioners, policy advisors and thought leaders. Access to our deep understanding, a wide array of practical examples, and expertise across four continents is what you receive when you take one of our learning journeys. Join us!


Dianne Dredge

Award-winning educator

Global leader in tourism education

Author and editor


Elected member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism for services to tourism research

International keynote speaker

Founder, The Tourism CoLab

-- Australia


Jenny Cave

An innovative educator and communications specialist

Weaver, artist and craftsperson

Cultural heritage manager

Author and editor

Tourism CoLab advisor and associate

--New Zealand


Marta Mills

Sustainability consultant.

Change agent with never-ending optimism that tourism can deliver social and environmental value.

An educator with a passion to challenge and be challenged.

Tourism Colab facilitator

-- UK


The thing I liked the most was connecting with people around the world and the realisation that there are plenty of people elsewhere questioning the status quo in tourism and the structure of the sector.


- Participant, Introduction to Design Thinking, Aug 2020

My goal was to understand how the method worked in order to use it for a specific project. This was totally new to me as a method, while I saw that others were familiar with it. I am satisfied about the amount of info that I had access to!"

- Participant, Introduction to Design Thinking, Aug 2020.

Enrolments close 20 June 

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