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ELEVATOR - Efficient movement to the higher quality staff and services in tourism for all

03/11/2015 | 0 comments

ELEVATOR project logoThe project focuses on adult education and business development (business competencies) in the field of accessible tourism for all.

The name of the project, "ELEVATOR" represents the effort to raise the quality of human resources and services in tourism to a higher, more competitive level.

Visit the ELEVATOR Project Mini-site: www.accessibletourism.org/elevator

Project Description

Tourism for all is an integral part of sustainable, high-quality tourism and in terms of expected trends in tourism and society also a necessary condition for maintaining its competitiveness. It is based on three important values: independence, equity and dignity. Accessibility is not only about physical access to the buildings, a truly accessible tourism product minimises or removes physical, attitudinal, information, financial and other barriers.
The performance of well-trained professionals is fundamental for people with disabilities to be able to participate in the industry. There is still a huge lack of knowledge amongst tourism industry professionals about who are customers with access needs, what do they need, how to treat them and how to organize a visit for them so that they can participate on an equal footing with other tourists as well as low interest in educate themselves in this field.
The aim of the project is to exchange good practices in adult education for accessible tourism and develop and disseminate three innovative intellectual outputs:

  1. Comparative analysis of existing tools and conditions for development of competencies for accessible tourism in partners’ countries incl. the suggestion of transferable curriculum with innovative approaches to adult education and vocational training for accessible tourism;
  2. Open Educational Resource for Tourist and Travel Guides raising their awareness of requests of tourists with special needs and skills for adaptation of guided tours which allow access and enjoyment for those tourists
  3. Accessible tourism guideline presenting in the style of “elevator speech” i.e. briefly, comprehensibly and attractively the substance of accessible tourism, good example and recommendation which could foster tourism providers’ and social entrepreneurs´ mind-sets and take-up of accessible tourism towards tangible actions.

Project participants: partners’ staff (trainers, researchers etc.), tourist guides, teachers/trainers of (accessible) tourism, national/regional/local policy and opinion makers, tourism destination organisation, SMEs providing tourism services etc. – in total ca 200 persons. They will participate in transnational meetings, intellectual output creation and evaluation and in dissemination activities.

The project, which will last 3 years, includes 4 main activities:

  1. Project management
  2. Transnational meetings with thematic workshop on education for accessible tourism
  3. Intellectual output creation and evaluation
  4. Multiplier event

In carrying out the project methodologies to be used include: team/individual work, research and development, quality evaluation and pilot testing, promotion and dissemination, mutual learning, transfer of innovation, cooperation, etc. Expected results are primarily the above-mentioned innovative outputs (available for free on internet in 5 languages) and first-hand knowledge of current practices in education and training for accessible tourism through sharing experiences.

The potential longer term benefits are: better quality, efficiency and relevance of education for accessible tourism, higher attractiveness and interest in education for accessible tourism among training/education and tourism services providers; better access to education in accessible tourism for individual learners, professional development of tourist/travel guides; more accessible tourist destinations and facilities, extended tourism offer and higher involvement of disabled people and seniors in travelling.

Project Coordinator

Organisation: Kazuist, spol. s r.o.
Address: Husova 401
Postal Code: 73961
City: Třinec
Country:
Region: Moravskoslezský kraj
Phone: +420558335479
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise

Project Partners

Tandem, Società Cooperativa Sociale Integrata,  Italy
Address: via delle Canapiglie 136A
Postal Code: 00169
Region: Lazio
City: Roma
Url: www.tandem.coop
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise

 

European Network for Accesible Tourism - ENAT asbl, Belgium
Address: Rue de la Fleur d'Oranger, 37 bte. 213
Postal Code: 1150
City: BRUXELLES
Url: http://www.accessibletourism.org
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise

Premiki zavod za svetovanje, promocijo in razvoj dostopnega turizma, Slovenia
Address: Kunaverjeva ulica 4
Postal Code: 1000
City: Ljubljana
Url: http://premiki.com
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise

 


ERASMUS plus logo EU flagThis project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Visit the Erasmus+ Project page (ELEVATOR)
 

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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): KAZUIST and partners
Language(s): EN
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Acronym: ELEVATOR
Countries: Belgium | Czech Republic | Italy | Slovenia

Reference

Publisher: ERASMUS+
Date published on the web: 01/10/2015

Target Group(s)

Consumers / travellers / tourists | Employees and Trades Unions | Employers and Employers organisations | Non-governmental organisations | Older people / Seniors | Organisations of disabled people | Organisations of older people | People with disabilities | Policy makers /Decision makers / Government | Professionals and professional bodies | Public administrators / Authorities | Students | Tourist venue owners / managers | Travel agents

Keyword(s)

Accessibility auditing | Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Age-related issues, (seniors) | Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs | Customer relations | Design Guidelines, Design-for-All | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training | Employment, working conditions | Food and drink | Health, therapy, wellness | Heritage | Hospitality | Information and Communication Technologies | Natural Phenomena | Nature holidays | Nature parks | Policy, legislation | Publishing | Safety and security issues | Shopping | Special services for disabled visitors | Staff training | Suppliers of equipment | Theme parks, leisure parks and water parks | Therapy, wellness | Tourist information services | Transport services | Travel agents | Travel services | Visual arts | Walking and hiking | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services | Youth tourism

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