Destination Leaders Programme

The Destination Leaders Programme is a transformational investment for you, your business and your destination. 

This award winning, academically accredited CPD is based on practice-based learning, funded by Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise, as part of the Scottish Tourism Leadership Programme.

We are delivering three online courses (working in real-time), starting in October 2021 and running through to March 2022: these will focus on Aberdeen/Dundee; Glasgow/Edinburgh; and Pan Scotland.

Please read the attached Guidance Notes for applicants. 

To Apply, read the Course Content section and the Dates, Fees & Application section. The link to complete your application is at the foot of Dates, Fees & Application.

Skills Development for Tourism Professionals


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.

This innovative award-winning programme is fully funded by Scottish Enterprise, working alongside the Scottish tourism industry and delivered by Edinburgh Napier University.  

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

Six previous programmes have been delivered to more than 120 participants from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Fife, Argyll & The Isles, and Aberdeenshire and Tayside. The most recent cohort (shown below) graduated in September 2021, at a ceremony at The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh.

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. Applicants must also have ambition, commitment and passion for developing themselves, their business and their destination, which must be demonstrated in the personal statement submitted with their application . 

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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This course has been good for broadening my network and expanding my perspective. It offers the opportunity to learn in multiple ways and isn’t too time intensive.

Joshua Ryan-Saha

Destination Leaders Programme 2020

The DLP