STEP is participating in the project, Development of curricula on Accessible Tourism for VET Tourism Courses (TOUR4ALL) founded by the ERASMUS+ Programme and aims at developing a module on Accessible Tourism for VET students, teachers, and Tourism professionals. Better trained human resources will provide better services and the tourism sector and society will benefit from it. At the end of the project, the survey and the module will be freely available in an online platform.
The Vocational School of Espinho is coordinator of the European Project TOUR4ALL, which will be developed in two years from October 2016 to September 2018.
The project will be developed by nine partners from six different countries: Portugal (CEPROF, Ovar Forma and INOVA+ , Germany (IHKPG), Belgium (EfVET), Italy( CSC and META Foundation), Spain (STEP) and Lithuania (LZNS).
- To develop a training module about accessible tourism to be included in national curricula for Tourism VET courses.
- To ensure that all tourism professionals will be better equipped and prepared to deal with issues such as accessibility and inclusion, as enhancers of the touristic experience.
- To upgrade the qualifications and abilities of future tourism professionals, so that they can deliver their services in appropriate ways, respecting not only the diversity of customers' access needs but also specific requirements related to disabilities or long-term health conditions.
- To allow that students currently attending VET education, acquire the skills to make disabled and senior guests feel welcome and overcome some of the physical and functional barriers that are still present in older buildings and environments.
- Benchmarking: implementing desk based work on available Accessible Tourism training.
- Analytical activities: carrying out a European survey and data collection activity on the needs of Accessible Tourism and identifying good practice.
- Training activities: developing a training module on Accessible Tourism to be used by any EU Member-States.
- Mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation: promoting good practice of training at a European level and changing the perception towards people with special needs in the Tourism sector.