On 8, 9 and 10 April, the Directorate-General for Tourism held the training course on project management for sustainable tourism aimed at managers in both the private and public sector. The objective of the course is to provide managers with training in the management of projects based on PM4ESD (Project Management for European Sustainable Development) methodology. This methodology was designed to allow projects for sustainable tourism to be managed with greater guarantees of success, defining projects into concrete actions and planning destinations in terms of sustainability. Of particular note was the extensive participation in this course, which was free to those interested, thanks to the participation of the Directorate-General in NECSTouR (Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism). NECSTouR is one of the partners in the European Training for Sustainable Tourism (T4ST) project, along with Leeds Metropolitan University, the consultancy firm Jlag and the Italian municipality of Frigento. The T4ST project focuses on training in the use of PM4ESD methodology. A total of 33 participants representing both private initiative, consultants and business and academics and public managers of various institutions (such as Turisme de Barcelona and Barcelona Provincial Council) attended the course, given by Dr Xavier Font of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism of Leeds Metropolitan University, and Silvia Barbone, from Jlag. A voluntary exam to assess participants' knowledge was given at the end of the training sessions, allowing them to walk away with a co
The T4ST project includes six courses, the first of which took place in Alentejo, Portugal, from 25 to 27 February, and Naples, Italy, from 3 to 5 April. Upcoming courses will be held in Brussels, from 22 to 24 April; Zlin, in the Czech Republic, from 14 to16 May; and in Leeds, UK, from 10 to 12 June. For more information, visit the website: http://pm4esd.eu/training-courses/. The summer school will be held in July in Naples.
Finally, the support given to the T4ST project by the Directorate-General for Tourism through this training course is a continuance of the actions taken to promote sustainable tourism in Catalonia as a central pillar and inspirational principle of the strategic planning of the tourism administration of the Government of Catalonia to advance towards a competitive and sustainable tourist destination model.
Among other actions along these lines, was the DGT's participation in the Sustainable Tourism Round Table at the European Parliament in Brussels, where different European countries and nations shared, debated and compared public sustainability policies (22 January 2013). The tourism administration of the Government of Catalonia, along with other public institutions, is also taking part in organising the 7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism, to be held from 1 to4 October in Barcelona, coordinated by Turisme Sant Ignasi (Ramon Llull University) and Leeds Metropolitan University, an initiative discussed in greater depth in the previous article of FullTurisme (Catalonia and Barcelona back responsible tourism: 'Better places to live, better places to visit')