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.