Regenerative tourism by design

Regenerative tourism
by design


30 hours

12 weeks

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The course starts 24 March 2022

Two timeslots to choose from 9-11am AEST or 7-9pm AEST

Early bird enrolments close 10th March

Final enrolments close 20th March

Regenerative rising

Look up! We are currently undergoing an enormous paradigm shift, and tourism is part of this global transformation. The depth and extent of this change we have not yet begun to imagine, but it's in our interests to be curious.


Before the pandemic, there were serious questions being raised about the impacts of global tourism on communities and the environment. There were growing concerns over climate change, over-tourism, the industry’s contribution to ecosystem decline, and the lack of secure work and a living wage. Communities were also pushing back and questioning the industry’s social licence to operate. 

This course explores the change ahead. It will build your confidence, courage, and resilience to deal with the disruptive change ahead.

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Course description

A 12 week online course that introduces regenerative tourism, design thinking and systems change for tourism professionals, destination managers, researchers, students, tourism business and industry stakeholders.


  • Explore regenerative tourism principles and practices.

  • Develop an understanding of design thinking, co-design and collaborative problem-solving.

  • Develop an understanding of what it takes to design, lead and implement a co-design process in regenerative tourism.

What you will gain

  • An understanding of regenerative tourism as a concept and in practice.

  • An understanding of design thinking and the co-design process for regenerative tourism.

  • Guidance on how to implement regenerative tourism projects.

  • A skill set that you can implement right now and will be in demand in the future.

  • Strategies for leading in complex, dynamic and emergent situations.

Course Content

Course Delivery

The course has six (6) modules run over 12 weeks. The course includes:

  • 6 content sessions (6 x 2hr zoom sessions).

  • 6 x group work sessions (6 x 2hr zoom sessions) guided discussions through regenerative tourism course materials, applications and shared experiences.

  • Access to The Tourism CoLab’s membership community (one year).

This is a global cohort class, so you also get access to the magic of meeting others,  sharing your experiences, and learning from others across the world. After all, it takes a village....

FAQ door to the course

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, materials for the next module will be released one week ahead.


Q. How is the course run?


The course will be run using Zoom and our CoLab.U online platform where you will find learning materials and videos..


Webinars will be recorded and available to view asynchronously. Group work sessions 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 on your own. 


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


After enrolling, you have access to this course for one year 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

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 are some of the benefits of taking our learning journeys. 


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.