Confindustria Alberghi champions eco-sustainability
Creation of the Sustainable Tourism Manager project
Highly sensitive to the issue of eco-sustainability, the Confindustria Alberghi (Italian Association of Hotel Companies) is participating in the Smartour “Sustainable Tourism Manager” project as part of the Erasmus Plus Programme.
The objective is to increase professional skills linked to sustainability and quality in order to develop new professional profiles and qualifications specifically for the tourism industry.
Italy, Uk, Finland & Greece
Italy, United Kingdom, Finland and Greece are the countries taking part and, together with Staffordshire University (Project Leader), Eurocrea Merchant, Tampere University Of Applied Sciences, Crystalclearsoft, Touch Td and Newcastle-Under-Lyme College, Confindustria Alberghi will be participating in development of the plan. The next step taken by the association with these other organisations will see analysis of needs and research into the state of the art on a national level. This will be followed by science-based training modules, specific to the tourism sector and, in particular, to hotel hospitality; development of a plat-
form (Smartour Genie) to accompany users and help them make informed choices that benefit companies adopting eco-sustainable, environmental, territorially friendly principles. It will also see development of a system to certify the skills acquired, in compliance with the Ecvet system and as a guarantee on a European level. An ad hoc course will teach operators techniques and notions that prepare them for the management of hotel services, bearing in mind protection of the environment, use of resources, economic development; or understanding and implementing European Quality Principles that aim to effectively improve company performance, as well as for enhancing cultural and environmental heritage as a driver for sustainable development and competitiveness of wonderful destinations with good tourist potential. The courses will be attended by professional operators, mainly hoteliers and accommodation providers, who will take part in experimentation of a training model that focuses on development of skills in a sustainable key.
Companies in the hotel sector are already partially aware of the benefits deriving from energy efficiency and the aim of these courses is to expand this toolbox, adding practical tools needs to maintain the high position of Italian hotels compared to their European competitors. The next meeting will take place in Tampere in Finland, in May 2016.