The European RESTAT project for an accessible tourism moves towards its midterm stage during this semester, thus fulfilling in the next months a year since its launch. During all these months, as a partner of this Erasmus + project in the action “Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training”, EuroFUE-UJI has worked on accessible tourism to develop quality metrics and promote accessibility and sustainability in the tourism sector.
The last transnational meeting of the consortium took place in Baia Mare (Romania) and focused on evaluating the quality and the skills of workers to develop accessible tourism. This project was attended by all project partners, New Horizons from Tusa (Italy), the association for people with disabilities Handy Club of Ostrava (Czech Republic), the Rogepa education company and the Greek training institute ECTE, together with the EuroFUE-UJI. All coordinated by the city council of Tusa.
Since this last transnational meeting of the project partners, the consortium has been carrying out studies that determine the skills required by the public to make the tourism sector an accessible and sustainable area. These skills will be determined based on the results obtained from the different discussion workshops carried out by all the partners.
EuroFUE-UJI organized two of these workshops. A FOCUS group with residents of FRATER with the aim of giving voice to people with functional diversity and extracting useful skills and abilities to be able to include in training courses aimed at tour operators and hotel agents. As well as a FOCUS group with future experts in tourism sector, in which also participated Javier Sánchez, professor of the UJI specialized in market research. These workshops focused on the future of the sector: tourism that will gradually incorporate technology, tailor-made trips and different, innovative and revolutionary experiences.
All these studies will allow the members of the RESTAT project to complete their objectives during the next year, creating synergies between the tourism sector and accessibility, in order to create new accessible infrastructure and offer them to the people who need them.