On the 29th and 30th of January 2020, the kick-off meeting (KOM) of R.I.S.To.VET- Rural Innovative Sustainable Tourism for VET project, (project number: 2019-1-PL01-KA202-065682), took place in Lodz (Poland). This time, was the coordinator of the project that hosted all partners in its facilities.
R.I.S.To.VET project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme, KA2, Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training and it involve 6 partners from different countries: WSBINOZ – WYZSZA SZKOLA BIZNESU I NAUK O ZDROWIU (Poland), VVTA – Living Stone Dialoog, ViaVia Tourism Academy (Belgium), ILI – Innovation in Learning Institute (Germany), Co.Net – COWORKING E NETWORKING SICILIA APS (Italy), Ergasia Ekpaideftiki Anonymi Etaria (Greece) and CEIPES – Centro internazionale per la promozione dell’educazione e lo sviluppo Associazione (Italy)
The Kick-off meeting represented a fantastic moment to learn about the various expertise of the partners involved and for exchanging good practices regarding the implementation of the project.
The 2 days of activities were organized in a following and clear agenda. The project was presented by the coordinator in its activities, responsibilities and time schedule.
All the partners that took place during the meeting explained all the activities that they will carry on: IOs, project management, dissemination activities, quality assurance activities and so on…
R.I.S.To.VET aims to develop, structure and share the professional knowledge about local -based sustainable tourism 4.0. European VET providers and educational institutions will be involved in a professional training and self-training process in order to face the challenges of contemporary tourism.
Contemporary tourism businesses, in fact, in the last decade have been experiencing the challenge of new forms of tourism, but also a lack of an adapted and updated professional education in this field. All over Europe and beyond contemporary tourists want to enjoy authentic local realities together with local inhabitants. On the other hand, the increasing presence of sharing economy websites and apps encouraged several non-professionals to open up to tourism business. Both these phenomena contributed to the development of non-structured practices in the contemporary forms of hospitality and to the increasing obsolescence of traditional business models.
From this main objective there are several specific objectives and products to develop during the implementation of the project:
– IO1: Analysis of existing data about tourism, new forms of hospitality and promotion of local identities, digital tourism in the local contexts of partners.
– IO2: Training path definition, development of educational units and piloting process.
– IO3: Development of an e- learning platform; adaptation of educational units to web-based education.
– IO4: Organization of webinars in order to test the e- learning platform; transnational meeting.
The next transnational meeting will be in Palermo on the 27th and on the 28th August 2020
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