The second transnational meeting of the Erasmus+ InterCat project on circular and accessible tourism took place on 11 and 12 April. The meeting, in which the whole consortium participated, took place in Riga (Latvia), organised by the Ecological Future Education association. This consortium meeting was the opportunity to discuss the 2nd output to be implemented by the project, the DiaTool for tourism assessment from the perspective of accessibility and sustainability. In addition, the partners also agreed on the final details for the presentation of the Glossary of terms and good practices on circular and accessible tourism and the plans for the next study visit in Patras, Greece.
In addition, the consortium’s stay in Riga allowed the participants to visit examples of best practices in circular and accessible tourism in the city. On the one hand, they enjoyed a guided visit to the Getlini landfill and the experience at the Riga Museum in the Dark, which allows visitors to experiment with their senses once they have lost their sight.
The New Horizons project coordinator (Italy), the partners Previform (Portugal) and the Fundació Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (Spain) attended the meeting in person. Ergasia (Greece) attended the working sessions remotely. During the next months the partners will work on the new DiaTool and prepare the study visit in Patras (Greece), scheduled from 27 June to 2 July.
The second newsletter of the Erasmus+ InterCat project is already available. The newsletter includes information about this project on circular and accessible tourism, the first training among the partners of the project, the next activities planned and the deliverables that the project will develop.
InterCat Newsletter 2 EN
The Erasmus+ project InterCat on circular and accessible tourism has met in Ponte de Lima, Portugal, from the 25 th until the 29 th of October to carry out the training activity Training Course for Staff and Trainers of the InterCat international consortium in Circular and Accessible Tourism in Portugal. During these five days training, a total of 25 trainers have been trained on the most commonly used concepts and best practices on circular tourism and accessibility in the sector of tourism.
All the partner institutions have had the chance to train and present their work done on the concepts and best practices on accessible and circular tourism. New Horizons (Italy), Previform (Portugal), Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (Spain), Ergasia (Greece) and Ecological Future Education (Latvia) have been in charge of presenting their advances on both topics to the rest of the partners and participants to the training. The presentations have included examples of best practices and some interactive exercises in order to emphasize with the target groups involved in sustainable and accessible tourism and other evaluation activities to check how an individual actions can impact on the environment and how to contribute within the touristic sector.
Moreover, the training has included study visits in order to know first-hand some initiatives on accessible and circular tourism. The participants have visited the hotel and sports sustainable resort Feel Viana, located in Viana do Castelo (Portugal). After this visit the participants have moved to the city of Penafiel, where they have participated in a tour through this city last improvements on accessibility.
After this first training activity, the project will keep working on the results to be developed during its implementation: Glossary of Training Items for CAT for VET: Circular and Accessible Tourism key concepts and working tools for VET training, Study visit in Spain and Destination Image Analysis Tool – DIATool: online and innovative tool that will work as an Observation Template on Circular and Accessible Tourism for VET training.
The first newsletter of the Erasmus+ InterCat project is already available. The newsletter includes information about this project on circular and accessible tourism, the first face-to-face meeting among the partners of the project, the next activities planned and the deliverables that the project will develop.
The InterCAT’s Kick-Off Meeting took place in Tusa (Italy) on 28-29 July 2021. This first face-to-face meeting allowed the partners of this Erasmus+ project to meet each other in person. The working sessions of these two days meeting has focused on the work done and to be done in order to implement the deliverables of this project on circular and accessible tourism. Specially focusing on the development of the Glossary of terms for circular and accessible tourism, that will be finally presented during the project’s Training in Portugal.
On the occasion of InterCAT’s Kick-Off Meeting that took place in Tusa (Italy) on 28-29 July 2021, the hosting organization, Association New Horizons (aka Project Coordinator) has diffused the press release to several local newspapers in Sicily for publication. The news has made it to a number of significant news outlets, including the Gazzetta del Sud (one of the most important newspaper in the south of Italy), Nebrodi News, and Lettera Emme.
Through published articles, the public could learn about our multinational Partnership, the project Objectives, main Results, as well as the next Activity – the Training Course in Portugal in order to draw public attention and interest. In addition, the partnership’s visit to the local Municipality is also highlighted, emphasizing the project’s determination in involving local authorities as identified stakeholders for the application and diffusion of project impact.
Nebrodi News: https://www.nebrodinews.it/tusa-ospita-il-primo-meeting-del-progetto-intercat/?fbclid=IwAR0jhfwwqBojsoHx4n4cumED60gNDBg3xKHFjDKTwUlYV49Ybz4WLBRQ0VE
Lettera Emme: https://www.letteraemme.it/turismo-circolare-e-accessibile-a-tusa-il-primo-meeting-internazionale-finanziato-dallunione-europea/?fbclid=IwAR32XPxMj8Y4VtWzMlSZzpUJvepcr72tZHkZoGFfWfsyNjN8aTwIt16ta9Q.
The FUE-UJI has received approval from the European Commission to start working on its new Erasmus+ project, INTERCAT, in which it will participate as a partner. This project, coordinated by the Italian organisation New Horizons, aims to develop a learning methodology that includes best practices in education for students and professionals in the accessible and sustainable tourism sector.
INTERCAT has 4 other international partners, in addition to its coordinator, and has been one of the European projects funded under the Erasmus+ programme in the “Strategic Partnerships for Vocational and Educational Training” modality. The project will be implemented over a period of two years with the aim of training professionals in the tourism sector in accessibility and sustainability. To this end, the INTERCAT project will identify best practices in accessible tourism training in the 5 project countries and adapt existing learning methods with an innovative approach through the DIATool – Destination Image Analysis Tool. This tool will be key to analyse the different local characteristics, new trends and technological responses to include Accessible Tourism and Circular Tourism in the General Tourism Development Strategy.
In addition to the Universitat Jaume I-Empresa Foundation (FUE-UJI) as partner and the Italian association New Horizons as coordinator, the organisations Ergasia Ekpaideftiki Anonomi Etairia (Greece), Previform Laboratory, Training, Hygiene and Labor Safety, Lda (Portugal) and Ecological Future Education (Latvia) participate in the project as partners.