The "How to set a hıgh qualıty strategy" for rural tourısm course aimed to promote awareness of investing in a strategy to promote rural tourism since it has a major role in the economy and economic growth of a region, create a specific and innovative tool for developing such a strategy and demonstrate the advantages of working inside and with a network.
Below we would like to share to you the pilot experiences in each of the partner countries.
The objective of the pilot was to make available to the trainees the results of the Escape2 project, as developed by the collaborative efforts of all partners. ALLI, with its extensive and successful record in adult education and training, aimed to actively and cogently educate the trainees on the evolution of the project curriculum and materials produced, so as to enable an effective and far-reaching teaching platform, fully optimized for online use. Trainees were to be trained on how institutions and public and private bodies should acknowledge that an effective rural tourism strategy has an important role in the economy and development of a region, as does the development of networks with multi-faceted action and influence.
The pilots were organized by ALLI with the assistance of adult education and training experts. Margarita Defingou, Giannos Barbarousses,Konstantinos Makras and Dionysis Gkalantzis were involved in the training seminars.
In order to find and attract trainees, ALLI used media techniques such as facebook posts and newsletters. A major success in advertising the project was their event in the Chamber of Commerce in Livadia, Boeotia, which was able to attract many visitors, and was commented by media. This was all the more important since Boeotia was one of the regions chosen to be part of the project, and where good practices were highlighted.
The sessions began on Monday 19 June, and were scheduled to end on the first week of July. There were 8-10 sessions in total. ALLI had an excellent response in finding trainees, with almost 60 people showing interest in attending the sessions and program that we had prepared. Furthermore, their trainees came from different professional and educational backgrounds, allowing for a broad-based sample of people interested in what the project had accomplished and the concomitant training program. Among the trainees were farmers, civil servants, small and medium businesspeople active in tourism, hospitality and agriculture, schoolteachers and educators. There was particular interest among most trainees on Module 5, in particular its descriptions and proposed policies for European Union funding and for locating and attracting investors. The case studies and good practices of all modules were also followed and studied with great interest.
In general, feedback was very positive. The training sessions were so designed as to allow an interactive learning process, where there was always time for discussion at the end of each seminar. Trainees expressed gratitude and satisfaction on the practical and useful nature of the training provided to them. The modules developed by the partnership were found to be comprehensive and applicable to real-life situations. Our seminars were evaluated as helping trainees develop specific and innovative tools that can help them understand the dynamics of rural tourism strategy and how they can use these dynamics in their professional environment.
This website has been accomplished during the project "Escape2 - Supporting the Development of Transnational Thematic Tourism Strategy", Grant Agreement no. 2020-1-ES01-KA202-082418, implemented with financial support of the European Commission by the Erasmus+ Programme.
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