Cornell University and the Travel Foundation are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for over 800 students to take the online eCornell course, Sustainable Tourism Destination Management with full financial support, thanks to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).


“This course has been designed to deliver vital tools to address a global skills gap in destination management that Cornell and the Travel Foundation first highlighted in their 2019 report “Destinations at Risk: the Invisible Burden of Tourism,” states Mark Milstein, academic director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and co-faculty lead.


From today, June 27, the application process is live on Cornell’s Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program (STAMP) website and will be open for just one month. To be eligible, applicants must reside in one of 154 qualifying countries, be proficient in English, and commit to completing the comprehensive, 40-hour course over 8 weeks (equivalent to about half a day of study per week).


To meet the urgent need to address the growth of tourism worldwide, this self-paced course is designed for students and working professionals in both public and private workplace settings, with tools and exercises directly applicable to the needs of tourism ministries, destination management organizations, protected areas, municipal governments, and NGOs.


The course offers a ground-breaking set of guidance materials to allow program graduates to immediately assess their destinations for practical future needs for sustainable tourism development, such as sustainable infrastructure requirements; destination-wide climate mitigation and adaptation tools; and social, environmental, and economic development indicators which inclusively pinpoint local needs.

Graduates who fulfill all course requirements will receive a Recognition of Achievement from Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business.


“Sustainable Tourism Destination Management is now 100% affordable for students who seek to raise their capacity and address the future of management of tourism destinations worldwide,” says Megan Epler Wood, managing director of STAMP and co-faculty lead.

Applications will be accepted for one month (July 31 at 12 pm EDT) although candidates are encouraged to apply early.