Sustainable Tourism Innovative Training
On November 13th, a virtual seminar about Sustainable tourism took place. The seminar was a part of the SUSTAIN IT project which is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The seminar was extremely successful, but in addition to an introduction of the SUSTAIN IT project several presentations were made on sustainability and sustainability in tourism. First on the agenda was dr. Rannveig Ólafsdóttir, professor at Tourism studies at the University of Iceland, who discussed sustainable tourism in historical context with her presentation “Sustainable tourism – what is the situation after 30 years of experience?”. Hulda Laxdal also spoke on the seminar, but she runs the company Höfn local guide. They operate in the spirit of Slow Travel and Health Promotion Tourism. They also follow the Environmental policy Leave no trace as a part of Sustainable tourism. Next, Garðar Finnsson presented Icelandair hotel Mývatn’s policy in sustainability and environmental issues. Great emphasis has been placed on the topic and their dissemination at the hotel. The seminar then ended with a talk from dr. Snjólaug Ólafsdóttir who runs the company Andrými sustainability centre. Snjólaug talked about the importance of sustainability for the world today and sent the meeting participants into the day with a mind full of sustainability ideas and thoughts.
Nýheimar Knowledge Centre and the SUSTAIN IT lead partner, Húsavík Academic Center co-hosted the event which, as previously stated, took place online Friday, November 13th 2020.
The SUSTAIN IT project is a collaboration of 8 institutions in 6 different European countries and was launched at the end of 2018. The aim of the project was to increase competitiveness of tourism companies working in the spirit of sustainable development by developing new and practical ways for education in the field. Emphasis was placed on increasing and the skills of the individuals in planning, implementing, and marketing sustainable tourism.
Over the last two years SUSTAIN IT partners have put together 8 different courses as well as 14 case studies of Sustainable tourism where the goal of the project are achieved. The projects website is www.sustainit.eu where all information about the project can be accessed along with the projects products.
Further information about the project can be obtained from its project leaders in Iceland, Arnþrúður Dagsdóttir at Husavík Academic Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sandra Björg Stefánsdóttir at Nýheimar Knowledge Centre (email@example.com).
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