Practical Course on Tourism Carrying Capacity
What you'll learn
- Understand the concepts of Carrying Capacity and Limits of Acceptable Change in a tourist destination
- Determine the limiting factors in determining the carrying capacity of a tourist destination
- Be able to formulate carrying capacity estimates for a tourist attraction or destination
- Apply the formulated carrying capacity in the management of a tourist attraction or destination
- Recommended that students should have some basic understanding of the tourism industry related to site and visitor management.
Tourism planning and management of a destination or attraction would usually involve the determination of carrying capacity. This planning component becomes more important in areas that have natural features and communities that may be impacted by unmanageable number of visitors that can become uncontrollable. This situation often leads to the degradation of the quality of the destination. This course provides an opportunity for the students to fully understand the concept and importance of carrying capacity with practical examples. Much of the discussions will be based on the field experiences of the instructor. Very little literary references will be attributed for topic sources as this may serve as a practical application of the formulation of carrying capacity as part of the management tool of a destination or attraction. Initial sections will deal with understanding the concept and general framework of carrying capacity for the students to fully appreciate how it can be applied in real destinations or their areas of interest. A good amount of time is also allocated for the topic of Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC), another tourism site management tool, which can be applied, alongside with carrying capacity, for destinations or attractions requiring effective visitor management and minimization/prevention of environmental or social impacts. At the end of the course, an exercise on the determination of the carrying capacity will be provided so they can learn to practice formulating the carrying capacity of their area of interest. With still few people able to formulate carrying capacities because it is deemed as "too technical," this course will help the students how they can come up with at least a working number, and they should be able to improve their skill through repeated exercise and application of components included in the course.
Who this course is for:
- Teachers and students of tourism and hospitality courses
- Government personnel involved in the management of public and tourist places
- Site managers of tourist attractions
Carlos "Caloy" Libosada Jr. is one of the pioneering advocates for ecotourism and responsible tourism in the Philippines. He started his career with the Philippine Department of Tourism in 1989 and served said government agency as a product research and development officer for seven years. A graduate of B.S. Tourism in University of the Philippines and MS Environmental Studies in Miriam college in the same country, he furthered his tourism and environmental advocacy teaching tourism planning and ecotourism in UP Diliman's Asian Institute of Tourism for about 15 years. He has been involved in a number of tourism and ecotourism development plans in the Philippines and other Asian countries, foremost of which are the inclusion of the tourism component for Mt. Hamiguitan dossier for its inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Tourism Management for Tubbataha Reefs Protected Area, and the Occheauteal Beach Tourism Management Plan in Cambodia. Caloy also authored several books that include the following titles: Ecotourism in the Philippines, Domestic Tourism, 26 Days Around the Philippines and Introduction to Tourism. He also wrote several titles commissioned by the Department of Tourism (Birdwatching in the Philippines, Kayak Philippines, Tourism Success Stories) and Haribon Foundation (Si Iking Paniki, Si Pau Pawikan). He has also been a member of the board of advisors of Shore it Up, a conservation program of Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, and Center for Culinary Arts Manila.