In January 2011 the project funded an ecotourism training workshop for 34 participants in Chengdu. Tour operators, guides and local community hosts attended the three day workshop. Training sessions focused on business management for eco-tourism service providers. Participants traveled from all over Tibetan areas including Lhasa, Yushu in Qinghai and Gyeltang in Yunnan. An important aspect of the training was the opportunity for local tour operators to discuss and share knowledge and experiences among others with similar interests and issues. All participants shared the same challenging of competing with larger more business savvy Chinese operators.