New Online Courses in Cultural Tourism and Festivals & Events

Registration deadlines are closing in, but do not miss an opportunity to enroll in one of the two new online courses offered by the UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development starting on April 2, 2013. Save $100 on registrations received by March 15.

Courses starting April 2: 

Festivals, Events, and Eventful Communities
Apr 2-Jun 2, 100% online. Registration closes Mar 25.

The creation and promotion of festivals and events are important components of economic, cultural and community development. In this course, participants learn about different models and approaches to events; the fundamental processes and building blocks for creating events; and how to manage and evaluate events in the development of eventful communities. You are able to apply the lessons learned to specific events in your community and learn to develop policies and plans that support eventfulness.

Instructor: Robert Palmer is an expert consultant and the former Director of Democratic Governance, Culture, and Diversity at the Council of Europe. He is also the former director of two European Capitals of Culture (Glasgow in 1990 and Brussels in 2000). His most recent book is Eventful Cities: Cultural Management and Urban Revitalisation (Elsevier, 2010).

Cultural Tourism: Impacting Communities Worldwide 
Apr 2-Jun 2, 100% online. Registration closes Mar 25.

As one of the fastest growing tourism segments, this course explores the importance of cultural tourism to community development, as well as the relationship between cultural assets, the tourism industry, and the local community. Learning from cultural tourism practitioners, participants will learn how to contribute to sustainable and authentic cultural tourism practices and plans.

Instructor: Cheryl Hargrove was the first Director of Culture and Heritage Tourism for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. She is a 30-year veteran of the travel industry and also teaches at George Washington University and the University of British Columbia.

These courses are delivered 100% online include interactive discussions, case studies and group-based learning activities that build on shared interests, place-based experiences and actual community development opportunities.

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