The Institute of Tourism Travel and Culture (ITTC) recently hosted an evening seminar titled, ‘The Transfer of skills within Tourism and Cultural Sectors: Towards Sustainable Development’. It was announced at this event that examinations and course materials for the Project Management in Sustainable Development (PM4SD) certification scheme will be soon refreshed with an aim to launch on 31st Jan 2018.
The seminar explored the development of sustainable tourism skills in project management and formed part of the final project phase of CoLEAD (Co-operating for leadership in tourism) a European funded project led by ITTC.
CoLead has been a two-year project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and was launched on the 19th of February 2016, at Europa House in Valletta. Partners included ITTC (lead partner) at The University of Malta, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK), Jlag (Belgium) and the Bulgaria Economic Forum (Bulgaria).
The key objective of the project has been to implement, develop and test PM4SD methodology (Project Management for Sustainable Development) as a capacity building training tool, to train and empower professionals, civil servants and trainers with appropriate management skills and expertise to design and deliver transformative sustainable tourism projects.
Professor Andrew Jones from ITTC led the panel discussions on the outcomes and future directions of the project. He said the key aim of the project has been to use the PM4SD methodology as a sustainable tourism certification process to support and assist destinations, public authorities, international organizations, enterprises to support their strategies, plans and actions for their sustainable tourism growth.
Professor Jones concluded that the project had been valuable in promoting and testing the PM4SD method for project management and establishing a range of new training opportunities that would hopefully lead to the establishment of new PM4SD training centers in Malta, Cardiff and Bulgaria.
It was announced at ITTC that the examinations as well as course materials for PM4SD will be refreshed to align with the updated PM4SD manual, due to be published in January. The updated exams and materials will be available from 31 January 2018.
Below, CoLEAD Project Meeting including Prof Andrew Jones of ITTC, Dr Giusy Cardia of ITTC, Ms Silvia Barbonne of JLAG, Dr Sheena Carlisle of CMU and Mr George Tabakov of BEF.