Destination Leaders Programme

The Destination Leaders Programme is a transformational investment for you, your business and your destination. The 4th year of the programme started in October 2016, is based in Aberdeenshire and Tayside, and runs until May 2017.

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Executive Certificate for Tourism Professionals


This innovative programme is funded by Scottish Enterprise, working alongside the Scottish tourism industry and delivered by Edinburgh Napier University.  The first 3 programmes have been delivered to 60 participants from Edinburgh, Fife, Argyll & Isles and Glasgow.

Effective leadership is consistently identified as a key driver of growth for all business sectors, but tourism faces particular challenges, given the range, scale and mix of businesses that need to work together to deliver a great customer experience.

Based on an internationally acclaimed initiative originating from Melbourne, Australia, the DLP is designed to address this issue, identify emerging tourism leaders and provide them with the skills, knowledge and networks that they need to become effective destination leaders.

Who is it for?

The programme is open to talented individuals who already have a strong track record in leadership within their own organisation and/or within their destination. They will also have demonstrable ambition, commitment and passion for developing themselves, their business and their destination. To find out more about the programme, please view the clip below, and also hear from our alumni on the DLP YouTube Channel.

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