We are happy to announce that the first result of the project is already out.
R.I.S.T.o.VET – “Rural Innovative Sustainable Tourism for VET” project (project number 2019-1-PL01-KA202-065682) is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme (KA2, strategic partnership for vocational education and training) and it involves 6 partners from different countries: CEIPES – Centro Internazionale per la promozione dell’educazione e lo sviluppo (Italy), WSBINOZ – WYZSZA SZKOLA BIZNESU I NAUK O ZDROWIU (Poland), VVTA – Living Stone Dialoog, ViaVia Tourism Academy (Belgium), ILI – FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG (Germany), Co.Net – COWORKING E NETWORKING SICILIA APS (Italy), Ergasia Ekpaideftiki Anonymi Etaria (Greece).
This project aims to develop, structure and share the professional knowledge about local – based sustainable tourism 4.0., European VET providers and educational institutions that 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.
In this framework this strategic partnership of six European VET providers, higher education
institutions, NGOs and SMEs aims to structure these practices in a shareable form of professional knowledge.
The first stage of the project has been dedicated to the analysis of the national and local contexts of each partner’s country. Data have been gathered about small tourism businesses and about their strategies in responding to the challenges of the contemporary tourism market. Moreover, we have analysed training paths used by VET providers in the field of tourism in each partner country. This comparative analysis of the real economy of local contexts and of VET education systems represents an innovation in the field of tourism studies and a step forward in building the competitiveness of small tourism businesses.
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