Touch TD is a partner in SMARTOUR, a project funded by the European Union which aims to equip managers in the tourism field with the skills to run their businesses sustainably and generate long term benefits for the wider community. As a first step, the project is surveying tourism businesses, visitors, and local residents, in order to identify the training and support required by business owners and workers. Tourism is experiencing growth both locally and nationally. However, the sector is characterized by high rates of staff turnover and drop-out. The SMARTOUR project aims to help combat this by providing the training so that staff can be developed and retained in the industry.
The project will be developing online training to support the industry based on feedback from the survey. The aim is to make tourism more sustainable by providing more customised and supported training. People living in tourist areas as well as people who have taken a holiday in the last year are also invited to take part in the surveys, which will feed into the wider SMARTOUR project involving European partners in Italy, Finland and Greece.
The project is funded under ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships. For further information on the project, and links to all surveys visit: www.smartourproject.eu/surveys.