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European Rural Tourism Development

The project will deliver a comprehensive, ICT-based, online training programme for the development of rural tourism in five partner countries. The programme is targeted at a range of users including: students undertaking initial vocational training in tourism; adults from rural communities and the unemployed who are interested in entering the tourism trade and small businesses already working in tourism. The project will offer a range of training materials that will be piloted by the project partners with each of these target groups. At its core, the project partners will develop a web portal to train the target groups in essential aspects of rural tourism. A range of mixed media training activities will be developed and delivered either via the project's 'virtual campus' or as classroom sessions in the partner countries. A central online booking service and an accompanying user guide will also be developed, to simulate practical work experience employing the various skills acquired during the training programme. A survey of student satisfaction with the project's training programme will be undertaken along with an assessment of accomplished teaching objectives. Project deliverables will include a handbook of rural tourism qualifications and a range of textbooks including material on rural tourism case studies and practical guidance on itineraries for rural tourism. 'Texts' will be produced online and in CD-Rom and DVD format. These outputs, available in various formats, will assist the dissemination process. Training activities and 'texts' will be both in English and in the languages of the participating partner countries. Finally, the project will provide two certificates in 'Management in Rural Tourism' and 'Development of Rural Tourist Attractions' to be awarded to project participants.
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