Sustainable Tourism and Local Community Development
1 year Post-graduate Course in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Rapid changes in the nature of international travel and tourism, together with structural changes in the rural districts have posed new and fascinating challenges, providing students with the opportunity of studying and researching something new and exciting.

This course of study is part of a unique project based on fundamental social, economic, cultural, environmental and political challenges. The ability to communicate and disseminate know-how will comprise a major part of course content and student project work.

Political objectives promoting tourism as a rural industry, coupled with an understanding of the impact of tourism on the environment, form the basis on which the course will be built. The western part of the Lofoten Islands is one of the areas where particular focus has been placed on these aspects for a considerable number of years.

The course will employ specialized expertise within the field of tourism management and other related areas in order to facilitate the practical development of decentralized and value-based sustainable tourism.

Local communities in Lofoten and other rural districts will be furnished with professional expertise, creativity and stimulation with a view to developing the local community and local businesses. The content of the course is intended to be transeferrable at both national and international levels.

The main objective of this course of study is to provide candidates with a high degree of theoretical expertise that can be converted into insight and applied through hands-on experience. The course is intended to increase the level of competency within local communities, and with regard to how local communities work and develop, in order to contribute towards improved profitability and the environmentally friendly utilization of local natural and cultural resources within the tourist industry.

Who should apply?
The course is primarily intended for people who wish to take part in the development of local communities with emphasis on travel and tourism and who wish to work within administration, planning, education, culture, the environment, travel and tourism, etc. in the public and private sectors.

Applicants must have an interest in:

a) the utilization and management of local natural and cultural resources,

b) developing a thorough standpoint and well-reflected values within this field

c) the importance of travel and tourism, and Information and CommunicationTechnology, with regard to the development of small businesses and local communities.

Applicants should have 2 years of higher education, or have sufficient relevant practical experience and be at least 25 years of age.

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LTE - Lofoten College of Tourism Management. (Reiselivsskolen i Lofoten),
N-8392 Sørvågen. Tel. 76 09 15 55 E-mail: