EST – European Sustainable Tourism


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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description


EST – European Sustainable Tourism



EST project is linked to two key phrases “project management” and “sustainable tourism”. The European Communication: “Europe, the world’s No 1 tourist destination”, and the European Parliament resolution Tourism in Europe identified the achievement of sustainable tourism as a priority. The main aim of European tourism policy is to stimulate competitiveness in the sector, supporting sustainability in the process. In order to achieve this objective it has been found out that there is the need to reinforce management skills in the sector. International Organisations such as the UN World Tourism Organisation or UNESCO disseminate training tools and practices but there is no standard methodology. This project will bring a new perspective into the project management skills and competences for sustainable tourism. EST project will establish a unified level of competence in sustainable project management for the tourism sector. The project aims to become the recognised and certified methodology in tourism management to be used both by local, regional and national governments, by companies and all stakeholders operating in the tourism and cultural sectors. 

Keywords / TAGS
Tourism, Sustainability, Continuous training

Coordinator contact details


Coordinator Country

France, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden

Coordinator Region (NUTS code)



Tourism operators, Training agencies for tourism


  • Ecology
  • Quality
  • Others

Target Groups

  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Head teachers/principals/managers
  • Non teaching administrative staff
  • Members of students/teachers councils
  • Other


  • Best practice


  • Administrative and Support Service Activities
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Real Estate Activities
  • Water Supply, Sewerage, Water Management and Remed
  • Others

Educational sector

  • Higher education
  • Other sectors of adult education


additional info if needed


Your Project language (ISO 639-2)
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Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

    ECVET network for Tourism and Catering
    The Leonardo da Vinci network ECVET TC-NET is a network project for the development and elaboration of the ECVET system for the tourism and catering industry in Europe. Tourism and catering is one of the most important economic branches in Europe and provides more than 7 million jobs in Europe, however especially this sector is relying very much on flexibility and mobility of work forces.

    This is the main reason for the development of the ECVET model as a basis for mutual recognition and transparency of competences and learning outcomes. In a network consortium, which reflects the tourism and catering sector characteristics (where large parts of the training programmes are implemented as corporate training in hotels, tourist centres, spas, cruise ships, etc.) which includes tourism schools, VET providers, colleges, university colleges, hotels, cruise ship companies, labour force providers and associations the main activities planned are the implementation of a baseline survey of competences and learning outcomes needed in the tourism and catering sector.
    On this basis a competence grid for all relevant competences will be developed which forms the cornerstone of the ECVET model elaborated.
    The model will be presented in a detailed handbook for implementation together with supporting documents like a Memorandum for Mutual Trust and a draft for an ECVET certificate.
    All activities are embedded in a comprehensive quality management strategy and surrounded by a sustainable strategy for dissemination and exploitation. The network as such follows an enlargement strategy throughout the whole funding period and will be developing a detailed and feasible sustainability strategy for the time after the funding period.
    The main impact aims refer to the training providers and schools in the tourism and catering sector, companies and work force providers which receive a model for mutual recognition and accreditation for vocational training and learning outcomes.

2. LLP project or related resource

    YES Employability – Young Europeans, Skills for Employability in Tourism
    The YES project aims at the experimental processing and application, through their adaptation and transfer,of some of the products of the former New Hospitality Project. The YES project proposes the integration of a number of systems developed through the previous NH Project with the already familiar and widely-used instruments developed at a European level (such as the Certificate Supplement, Europass Mobility), for validation, transfer and recognition of learning
    outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non formal contexts. The development of such instruments would serve to encourage the design of educational and training programmes that call for a detailed programming of learning outcomes and which would necessitate, as a reference, qualifications expressed in transferable units that can be linked to the national and European framework in use today.
    The YES Project envisages:
    – The up-dating of the contents of the New Hospitality Data Base, through the use of tools derived from best practises
    (New Hospitality Research Kit). This would also be necessary for the applicability and pertinence of the geographical
    – The application of the contents of the New Hospitality Data Base to extend its use to a new, spectrum of beneficiaries
    (compared to those in the former New Hospitality project), which fall, as operators and users, under the system of educational and vocational training (aged 17 to 22) and to allow the integration of the data base itself with other Europass tools besides the CV, which has already been tested;
    – The mainstreaming the products as part and parcel of educational and vocational training programmes, to be used as
    instruments in support of the credit transfer and recognition procedure (ECVET). In fact, the proposed adaptation also provides for a link in the Database between competences, professional profiles and the training paths that can be followed in the Partner countries.

3. LLP project or related resource

    N.E.T.WORK – ECVET system for No borders in tourism’ hospitality European Training and WORK
    The project “N.E.T.WORK – ECVET system for No borders in tourism’ hospitality European Training and WORK”, pursues the following general objectives: to constitute a partnership with a common operational framework for the development and testing of the ECVET system for the accumulation and transfer of credits in education and vocational training, allowing the documentation and certification of learning achievement during training outside the “limits of the system”; to carry out tests within the ECVET system with reference to the specific target of beneficiaries of vocational training pathways and eventual mobility projects, in tourism and hospitality management with particular focus on the reception areas in hotel and alternative lodging structures; to define and implement specific ECVET techniques and produce methodologies, specifications, guidelines and handbook to widen the expected impact of testing; to empower system mainstreaming interventions to contribute to strengthening the results of the general ECVET system in a wider EU context.
    The innovative expected outcome of the project, stands in the idea of proceeding in an analytical analysis of the different professional profiles agreed by the partnership for the experimentation and in its declination: in Learning Outcomes, in function of their evaluation, validation and recognition during “certification” processes; in Learning Units in terms of the knowledge, skills and competences to be acquired (qualitative dimension); and in the provision and application of credits, both to the L.O. and to units in order to articulate their weight in function of its possible transfer into the various national standards.(quantitative dimension).
    Therefore the credits would illustrate the proportion that the unit represents in relation to the qualification, facilitating in this way the transfer of learning results and establishing a reference point that is common to the qualification systems.
    To this ends the partnership will identify and produce specific work procedures both for the actuation of the subsequent testing and for the definition of appropriate tools for the registration of the credit recognised for each learning outcome. The partnership will proceed in parallel to correlate the units for the capitalisation and accumulation of credits with the levels indicated by the EQF.

4. LLP project or related resource

    SoTo – Socializing Tourism, integrated training course for social tourism
    SoTo answers to the growing interest of different actors regarding the theme of social tourism, and tries to implement the general principle of “right to tourism for all”, especially in this moment of crisis in which local territory and community are experiencing a decrease in touristic incomes, along with strong economic and occupational losses. New and innovative actions for touristic hosting will offer local community an additional tool for territorial brand valorisation, very important in this moment of crisis when tourism is becoming a luxury for many. Given the lack of training paths on this issue the aim is to create a user friendly training model addressed both to touristic operators and social entrepreneurs, to private and public local actors in the field of tourism.
    SoTo will develop a training model which will be implemented through lessons along with “job shadowing” and project works for the creation of touristic personalized services package for tourists with new needs. Also a certification system will be developed in accordance with EU rules, certifying these new professional skills. To achieve these products SoTo will edit a state of art analysis, collect good training practices on the topic, and assess training needs through focus groups involving 90 stakeholders in the 6 partners’ countries. This will lead to the development of the training and certification model tested in 6 piloting training activities in each participating country, involving in sum 90 trainees.

Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

Useful ideas

Tourism is a source of income for all European countries, the training of young people in the field of sustainable tourism is a real possibility of development at European level mark.


Training agencies of tourism, tourism offices, tourism operators


Training agencies of tourism, tourism offices, tourism operators






moodle, skype meetings


evaluation methods
transparency and certification
teaching material
open and distance learning

Educational Sector

Non educational


Systems for quality monitoring

Systems to document taken actions

materials uploaded to the webpage

Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

Useful ideas















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