The Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project has held its final transnational meeting between the project partners in Fano, Italy. The meeting took place on 15 and 16 July and was attended by representatives of all partner organisations: the University of Patras (Greece), Dorea Educational Institute WTF (Cyprus), Training 2000 psc (Italy), the Public Education Centre of Kemer (Turkey), the Centre for Higher Education Future Focus Ltd (Malta), the Association of Galician Entrepreneurs in Aragon and Riberas del Ebro, AEGARE, (Spain). The European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI (EuroFUE-UJI), as coordinator of the project, has also attended the meeting.
The transnational meeting in Italy focused on taking stock of the activities and results achieved by the Ecoblue Tourism project during its two years of implementation. The mobile application available for Android and iOs was evaluated, as well as the multiplier events held in the different partner countries of the project.
Moreover, the transnational meeting was the perfect occasion for the Ecoblue Tourism project consortium to visit its stakeholders in Italy. Mainly vocational training centres, from which they got to know in depth their training activities. The consortium also participated in a conference to disseminate the project activities at the “Villagio Turistico – Summer Camp” in Senigallia (Italy).
The Erasmus + Ecoblue Tourism project, coordinated by the FUE-UJI, aims to increase entrepreneurship opportunities in blue ecotourism in coastal countries and improve the entrepreneurial skills of long-term unemployed young people who want to develop their own ideas and businesses in this sector. After its two years of implementation, the Ecoblue Tourism project publishes in its fourth newsletter with the results and activities of the project.
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The FUE-UJI hosted on Wednesday June 23 at 9:30 the Multiplier Event of the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project coordinated by the FUE-UJI through EuroFUE-UJI. The results developed in the framework of the project have been presented, which have had the collaboration of the Unversitat Jaume I (UJI), the Port Authority of Castellón, the Provincial Tourism Board of Castellón, SECOT and the NGO Ilêwasi.
Inmaculada Rodríguez, Vice Rector for Students and Social Commitment of the Universitat Jaume I, was in charge of opening the session highlighting “the blue economy as one of the most important areas for entrepreneurship”, especially innovative blue tourism. Then, Gloria Serra, manager of the FUE-UJI, presented the Ecoblue Tourism project, which, shesaid, “was born directly inspired by this blue economy”.
The Ecoblue Tourism Multiplier Event concludes the implementation of this Erasmus+ project presenting its results in sustainable and blue tourism. Nela Gómez, director of the European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, presented the training guide on blue ecotourism business plans, and the mobile application Ecoblue tourism. During the session, the characteristics of this App and how it can be installed and used by young people who wish to undertake in the sector of sustainable coastal tourism were discussed in depth. Anna Tolosa, head of communication and Project Manager has been in charge of presenting the mobile App to the attendees of the Ecoblue Tourism Multiplier Event, which is completely free and is available in Play Store and Apple Store.
Dr. Rosa María Rodríguez, coordinator of the UJI research group GETUR (Gabinete de Estudios Turísticos), also spoke at the event, presenting the key elements for success in sustainable tourism. Rosa María Rodríguez has highlighted the Ecoblue Tourism App as a “very interesting tool to get started in this type of projects”, to which she added “actions must be in line with a sustainable, inclusive, responsible and supportive tourism”.
FUE-UJI has participated presenting the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project in the 3rd session of the cycle “European Funds 2021 2027” organised by EuropeDirect Castellón. This 3rd session of the cycle focuses on presenting the European Funding Funds for private entities and companies, as well as success stories financed in different European programmes aimed at these audiences, as is the case of the Ecoblue Tourism project.
The conference held on Thursday 11 March was opened by Pau Ferrando, Deputy for Economic Promotion, Employment and Internationalisation of the Provincial Council of Castelló, who highlighted the importance of going hand in hand with companies that have much to offer the EU in terms of sustainability and digitisation. Angel Adell, CEO of Euradia, then presented the different financing options for private entities and companies through the European Financing Funds: “European funds require an access strategy and knowledge of all the available financing mechanisms”.
Success stories have been presented by the Centro Nacional de Experimentación de Tecnologías de Hidrógeno y Pilas de Combustible (CNH2) with the Interreg SUDOE IMPROVEMENT project, the Fundación Empresa Universidad Galicia (FEUGA) with the H2020 Soil diver agro project, GFM Fotovoltaica with the FEDER Aliena project and Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa de Castelló (FUE-UJI) with the Erasmus+ Ecoblue Tourism project.
The Ecoblue Tourism project on training in entrepreneurship in the blue and sustainable tourism sector presented at the conference the keys for the preparation of proposals in the Erasmus+ call for proposals. The session also presented the consortium that forms the project and the different activities it carries out, its adaptation of contents and training to COVID-19, as well as the expected results of this project that ends next August after two years of implementation.
The second transnational meeting of the European Ecoblue Tourism project on blue ecotourism entrepreneurship was held on October 20 in a mixed format. The consortium meeting has hosted some of the project partners at the headquarters of the partner Future Focus (Malta), while part of the consortium has attended telematically.
The Erasmus+ project, coordinated by FUE-UJI, reaches the halfway point of its implementation with the second transnational meeting between partners in which the progress in the development of training material in blue ecotourism entrepreneurship has been presented. This material will be implemented in the realization of a 53h training course with a total of 8 modules, developed by FUE-UJI. In addition, the training has been adapted to the current situation worldwide, also including the training module Activating the Tourism sector in times of COVID-19 and Security.
The meeting also included the presentation of the interface of the mobile application in which the training material will be hosted. Through this mobile application, long-term unemployed young people will be able to train in ecological activities that respect marine ecosystems.
The meeting was attended by representatives of all the partner organizations, either in person or online. Therefore, this project financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ program has a consortium of 7 partners: The University of Patras (Greece), Dorea Educational Institute WTF (Cyprus), Training 2000 psc (Italy), the Kemer Public Education Centre (Turkey), the Future Focus Ltd Higher Education Centre (Malta), the Association of Galician Entrepreneurs in Aragon and Riberas del Ebro, AEGARE, (Spain) and the European and
International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, EuroFUE-UJI (Spain), coordinator of the project.
In the next few months, both the training material and the mobile application will be ready for use and the training course will begin. The next transnational meeting is scheduled for next year 2021, with the University of Patras (Greece) as hosts of the meeting.
The Erasmus + project Ecoblue Tourism, coordinated by the FUE-UJI, aims to increase entrepreneurship opportunities in blue ecotourism in coastal countries and improve the entrepreneurial skills of young long-term unemployed people who want to develop their own ideas and businesses in this sector. After six months of implementation, the Ecoblue Tourism project publishes its first newsletter that includes the progress of the project so far and the next steps to be followed.
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