First Public Conference Slides

The Kick-Off meeting of the Life Long Learning Project Training for European Sustainable Tourism -T4EST took place on the 13th and 14th of November in Brussels at NECSTouR premises. Following one of the main priorities for improving competitiveness in the EU tourism sector, T4EST is a dissemination and exploitation project aimed at addressing the need for project management competence in the context of sustainable development of the tourism sector. T4EST aims to achieve a unified level of competence in sustainable project management for the tourism sector by producing training material and activities in order to disseminate the PM4ESD methodology (developed in the framework of another EU Funded Project).  Project Management for European Sustainable Development (PM4ESD) is a new EU certified training tool and qualification program that will equip professionals with the tools necessary for effective project management. During the launching event of the project, MEP Carlo Fidanza, rapporteur of the opinion of the EC Communication 2010 352 and member of the Tourism Task Force within the EP, stressed the importance of keeping a tourism objective into the COSME Programme proposal. Moreover, he highlighted the necessity to improve the sector educational and professional skills through initiatives like T4EST in order to increase the quality of tourism services. “Two years ago I attended a NECSTouR event in Siena. At the time tourism was one activity more, whereas now the world has completely changed and tourism has become a priority”, underlined MEP Gionmaria Uggias for concluding the event. He referred to the transversal and thematic aspect of the tourism sector, which is integrated in almost all the EU Policies. Lead by the Municipality of Frigento (Campania, Italy) and coordinated by JLAG, T4EST foresees to firstly ‘train the trainers’ on how to manage sustainable tourism projects and secondly to ‘train the end users’. For these two phases, two strategic partners have been chosen: Leeds Metropolitan University, wide expertise in industry and government training and NECSTouR, the Network of European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism composed of 27 Regional Authorities. [slideshare id=15392721&doc=pm4esdt4est1stpcsb0-121128140844-phpapp02]

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