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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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Thinking of Next Generation Tourism Managers

The digital revolution is having a profound impact on tourist behaviour, business models and destinations at large (Femenia-Serra, Neuhofer, & Ivars-Baidal, 2019). Lately, the growing generation of big data by all components of the tourism ecosystem forces every single tourism organisation to adapt to a complex reality in which new types of professionals are required. Consequently, higher education needs to prepare future tourism practitioners who can face an increasingly complex scenario in which digital technology and data management skills will be crucial. However, in order to take action in this field, it is first required to assess whether and to what extent the higher education system is actually providing the needed knowledge and practical skills for tomorrow’s tourism workforce. This blog summarises the findings from a study in Spain examining this issue (see Femenia-Serra, 2018).READ MORE

Augmented Reality in tourism

Professional training in Augmented Reality (AR) for the tourism sector

When we are faced with new technological advances, in the first instance we may consider them as a field of science fiction. It is only when we consider the advantages from the practical point of view that we recognize how technology can serve as a useful tool for service and management procedures in tourism. Key partner Eurogites from the Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) highlights the importance and relevance of Augmented Reality (AR) in the tourism sector. 


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NTG desk research infographic

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

E-Lab – an experimental tourism lab for students

Students can find it challenging starting as a prepared professional in the tourism work field. The Next Tourism Generation Alliance (NTG) aims to address this gap and highlight possibilities and tools to promote professionalism and employability via university tourism modules. Breda University of Applied Sciences offers first-year Tourism Management students the E-Lab module, a 6-week course where they are introduced and acquainted with online programmes and tools used in the industry.

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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

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