Thoughts on Post COVID-19 sustainable tourism

The recent COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, highlighted in an absolute way the need for sustainability in all sectors, but especially in that of tourism. Greece, as a country that has been for years a major touristic destination, this year’s summer, due to COVID-19, faced multiple issues related to the decreased arrival of international tourists. These issues, in a great extent affect the work force of the touristic sector and have been faced by many countries in the EU. While thinking of possible solutions and approaches that could improve the situation, we explored the objectives and methodology of the project HOSTEVT, analyzing how it will offer an integrated solution contributing to the overall goal for sustainable tourism. Successful touristic models are intrinsically connected to openness, mobility and well-trained employees, things that are being acquired through extensive practice & training, constant experimentation with innovative ideas and sustainability development. HOSTEVET’s importance lies on the fact that it will function as a methodological tool facilitating knowledge and professional experience for new VET learners mobility and exchange of good practices around Europe, in a period that the touristic sector needs them the most in order to adapt to and survive from the new challenges. Offering internship opportunities with well-rounded training and professional experience on a pan European level, will surely equip the new workforce of the touristic sector with necessary skills and will also contribute in creating unified approaches for a model of sustainable future.

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