On May 24, the Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) was present at the Travel Challenge 2019, where Tourism Education and the Industry both from The Netherlands gathered together in order to discuss the first outcomes of the NTG desk and field research at the first NTG Travel Café. Lobke Elbers, representative of NTG on behalf of Breda University of Applied Sciences shared the main outcomes of the surveys and interviews that were being conducted among the eight European partner countries with the top of the Dutch Travel organizations such as KLM, ANWB, Corendon and many more representatives of the tourism industry. READ MORE
Friday, September 20, 2019, Next Tourism Generation key partner ATLAS organizes the ATLAS Annual Conference 2019 in Girona, Spain, co-organized with NTG and the INCOME tourism project. During this event, professionals from the tourism industry, tourism education and governments will gather together in order to talk about the needs in tourism education. READ MORE
On May 6, delegates from different EU member states, tourism ministries, academics, educational institutes and other interests gathered for the first NTG Blueprint Event in Brussels. The event focused on exploring and discussing the opportunities to establish a Tourism Blueprint European network behind the NTG eight target countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany) and with the participation of other countries. The NTG key partners Federturismo Confindustria, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, People 1st, Technological University Dublin, Eurogites and CEHAT were present during the event. READ MORE
The 4thEUSAIR Forum jointly organized by Montenegro and the European Commission and with the support of the strategic project EUSAIR Facility Pointwill take place in Budva, Montenegro on 7 –8 May 2019. The event is organized back to back and in coordination with the 2ndForum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities.
The two events represent joint effort of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Integration Office and Chamber of Commerce. They will be a great and unique opportunity for promotion of deeper and wider cooperation between EUSAIR-EU member states and candidate/potential candidate countries participating in the EUSAIR with special focus on the fields of Blue Growth and Tourism.
On May 8, Silvia Barbone (head of EU project and partnerships Next Tourism Generation) will represent NTG with a session about skills gaps and weaknesses of the tourism labour market and how to match skills to sector’s needs.
The topic is in line with European Commission’s first political priority, “A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment” and the New Skills Agenda for Europe1adopted on 10 June 2016. The Agenda seeks to address three pressing challenges of today’s economies: the lack of relevant skills to match labour market needs, the insufficient transparency of skills and qualifications, and the difficulty to anticipate and forecast skills. It has launched the ‘Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills’ to deliver sector-specific skills solutions, facilitate the mobilisation and coordination of key players, stimulate investment and encourage a more strategic use of EU and national funding opportunities. To this aim, the European Tourism Blueprint calls for a tourism sectors skills alliance between national/regional authorities and key European stakeholders from education, industry and policy making.
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The Next Tourism Generation (NTG) desk research report has been composed by Breda University of Applied Sciences, focusing on digital, social and green skills in the tourism industry in Europe. Furthermore, the most important trends, issues and challenges in digital and sustainability skills development for the tourism and hospitality sector were being reviewed in the partner countries involved in the NTG project (Bulgaria, Germany, UK, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands). Each partner completed a comprehensive analysis of the situation regarding digital and sustainability skill sets in their country across five tourism and hospitality sectors:READ MORE
The European Vocational Skills Week 2019 will be hosted in Helsinki in October 2019. This event focuses on discussing multiple stakeholder perspectives on the implementation of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and how this can be beneficial for the future of Europe. Furthermore, the very best of training and skills through thousands of events and activities across Europe will be highlighted in order to show why Vocational Education and Training is a smart choice for individuals and companies. NTG focuses on developing modules and learning methods that will be integrated into the current European VET system and Industry, providing a benchmark, tools and good practice for green and social skills to support sustainable development and digital and technological innovation within 5 sub-sectors operations. READ MORE
In January 2019, The Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) was represented at the FiturtechY. This is the specialized section for technology and tourism that FITUR – IFEMA and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH) jointly organize annually. This section of FITUR, the International Tourism Fair in Spain, has more than 12 years of history, through which it has become a benchmark for innovation in the sector. Covering a space of more than 2,000 square metres at Feria de Madrid, the section has four forums dedicated to business management, tourism destinations, sustainability and future trends in tourism – all connected by technology as the main theme. FiturtechY also has an exhibition space, in which visitors have the opportunity to see the latest developments in digital technology.
The Next Tourism Generation Alliance key partners gathered in Sopron, Hungary last week to discuss the progress of the project. During those meetings, several sessions were filmed and broadcasted on Hungarian television. The video is in Hungarian but gives an impression of the get-together. The video shows the NTG Consortium at 6:16 minutes. READ MORE
The Dissemination Event of the Next Tourism Generation Alliance will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 5th April. During this event, all the key partners of the NTG project will get together to discuss trends, partnerships and the following actions. See the topics that will be discussed during the event in the programme below.