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Popping up in F&B: virtual restaurants that rely on digital customers

One of the most important changes happening in the food and beverage industry has to do with the new habits and interests of customers. This change is that the demand for food delivered at home is growing tremendously. Due to new developments in digital technologies, restaurants are able to sell their dishes online that are delivered to home addresses. Nowadays, people just have to walk around Madrid (or other capital cities) at lunchtime or dinner to observe that a significant percentage of the vehicles that circulate are motorcycles and cars of food delivery companies. Delivery drivers are an innovative type of waiter of the new generation. The Next Tourism Generation Alliance also focuses on how to optimize the implementation of digital tools in the hospitality sector. This blog, written by NTG key partner Alicante University focuses on the developments of digital tools in the hospitality industry in Spain, based on the NTG Interviews.

 

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Keynote on the NTG project at ATLAS Africa Conference in Kampala, Makerere University, Uganda

From June 12 – 14, 2019 the 11th ATLAS Africa Conference took place in Kampala, Uganda, organized by ATLAS and Makerere University. The main theme of this conference was Tourism and Innovation. A perfect opportunity to introduce and raise awareness of the innovative project of the Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG). During her keynote, Dineke Koerts from Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) introduced the project, presented initial findings and reflected on some points of discussion. Both ATLAS and BUAS are key partners of the NTG project.

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Jobs in Tourism

Worldwide, there are over 313 million tourism jobs (WTTC, 2017), focusing on hospitality, food and beverages, tour operators and destination management organizations. The Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) aims to improve the relationship between Tourism Education and the Tourism Industry. Next to that, the career image of Tourism also needs to be improved by the Alliance. Therefore, several tourism career opportunities will be highlighted in this blog, derived from Jobs in Tourism, an initiative by the European Commission focusing on enhancing the image of careers in the tourism sector, part of the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills in tourism. READ MORE

Access City Award 2019: Quick wins from Breda, the Netherlands

The Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) is helping to develop a future proof tourism industry via skills development within Europe. In addition to digital innovations and green practices enhanced and supported for tourism businesses by the European Commission, an EU Disability Strategy has been established to create a barrier-free Europe. In order to stimulate this strategy in Europe to ensure tourism is more accessible for all types of tourists, the Access City Award 2019 contest has been organized.READ MORE

Sustainability and “green” skills in hospitality – how to make a sexy concept work?

Long ago sustainability evolved from a trendy word to a real concept, applicable in any industry or activity. Sustainability in hospitality has been discussed in many details and contexts – special reports and studies explore the importance of sustainable development for accommodation establishments and other tourist companies (Higham & Miller, 2018). There are numerous practices, programmes, certifications, etc. (UNWTO; T4SDGS) that persuade managers and owners how vital sustainability is for their business and for the world as a whole.READ MORE

How Transformative Travel can make lives better

Case studies in the travel industry by Jeremy Smith, author of Transforming Travel

 

The first edition of the Travel Congress in the Netherlands focused on three main pillars: digital skills, social skills and green skills: pillars that NTG also focuses on within the Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG). Various keynotes were visited in order to get interesting insights into the current Skills situation in the tourism industry.READ MORE

NTG: social skills for future tourism

Growing numbers of tourists from Asia

 

The first – desk research – phase of the Next Tourism Generation (NTG) Alliance project came to an end in October 2018 with a report composed under the supervision of Breda University of Applied Sciences. This report reviews the current skills situations in the partner countries involved and analyses some trends that will impact future skills for tourism. In this blog, we will take a closer look at one of these trends: growing numbers of tourists from China.READ MORE

Business conference ATHE

Creativity and Transformation in Tourism Education – Conference ATHE

Insights from the conference

The 25th annual conference of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education had as its theme: Creativity & Transformation in Tourism Education: REF, TEF, and Collaboration with Industry. Seeking to investigate diverse methodologies of engagement between tourism education and industry, the event focused on areas such as project-based learning (PBL) and establishing alliances with industry, particularly in relation to graduate employability and labour market transformation. Furthermore, key partner Cardiff MET also presented various Next Tourism Generation (NTG) during the conference about the digital and sustainability skills needs in Wales. READ MORE

Helsinki smart tourism

For Helsinki, Smart is more than a buzz word

A lot is happening in Helsinki, a lot of innovation according to Digital Tourism Think Tank. Laura Aalto from Helsinki Marketing agrees and explains that when it comes to tourism development in Helsinki, the focus is on ‘the good life’ for the visitors and inhabitants of Helsinki. The capital city of Finland was proud to tell that it won the Smart City Price, as the first city. For Helsinki, Laura explained, Smart is more than a buzz wordThe Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) aims to concentrate upon those digital, social and sustainable innovations as well, in order to prepare tourism businesses for a futureproof industry. This blog about Helsinki shows how a city can become ‘smart’ in the tourism industry. READ MORE

NTG desk research: Digital, Green and Social Skills in Tourism

According to the World Economic Forum we are today witnessing the beginnings of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously separate areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D printing, and blockchain technology are now joining forces and amplifying one another. The impact of this will be visible in the coming years and affect European societies, industries, jobs, and amounts of free time. These changes will not only pose threats to the tourism industry but also open up new opportunities for which the Next Tourism Generation (NTG) needs to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, educators, and workers in tourism.

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