Rural Tourism International Training Network

I have been involved with a European wide and indeed international rural tourism training organisation since 2003.  I have been an active participant in various workshops, conferences and training initiatives organised by Rural Tourism International Training Network over the years.  I was attracted to the this networks approach in developing training material and techniques which would be beneficial to the rural tourism entrepreneur (often farmers). 

I was elected to be the Chairperson of this organisation in late 2007 and whilst it is an honour, it has taken me some time to appreciate the intricacies of working at an EU wide level.  In addition, it is not a simple task to source funding for these activities.

I have just returned from a Board meeting of RTITN at the begining of the week on a farm in the Netherlands and we have establised a focused action plan for the organisation over the coming year.  Unfortunately, this does entail work on my part, as well as a number of other partners and potential partners in countries accross Europe.

This is not the time to put detail about our proposals, but we are determined to develop a project which will be fundable by European funds to have our Rural Tourism International ‘train the trainer’ programme officially accreditated accross a number of European states.  We will adapt the programme to meet each countries accreditation systems and have shared learning about the differences in these systems.  We intend feeding in to the work that has been undertaken at an EU level to have a common approach in terms of accreditation accross Europe.

We have already delivered three ‘rural tourism international – Train the Trainer’ programmes in Austria (2007), Hungary and Georgia (2008).  This gives us the confidence to think that our programme is worthy of further utilisation throughout the EU and indeed beyond.  Its all about training trainers to provide focused training skills which will enable them to provide training which is suitable for the needs of an adult learner based in rural communities accross Europe.

This is another aspect of my job as a tourism development officer and it is always pleasurable to meet up with colleagues from different countires in Europe who all are interested in the development and support of the rural tourism sector.


4 Responses

  1. I am Zoya Yampilova, Head of the International Relations office at the Buryat State Academy of Agriculture.It is situated in Ulan-Ude, capital of the republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation. Our training institution is very much interested in developing rural tourism training program since we would like to apply for EU TEMPUS project and are looking for partners. We have a partner institution in Italy, Udine University and we had a TEMPUS project with it “Organic Farming in Transbaikalia”. Lake Baikal region where our republic is situated has been included as a zone for tourism development. Since the republic is mainly rural and we are concerned with lake Baikal preservation, rural tourism agenda is very timely.
    I would appreciate your response to my comment.

  2. Hello Zoya,
    I’m Orieta from National Tourist Guide Association in Albania. Our branch office is in Korca region. Part of the region is also Ohrid Lake that has some similarities only with Baikal Lake, related with the unique fish of the lake (Koran in our Language). The region is also interested in rural tourism development and NATGA is working and implementing trainings in tourist guides, guest houses, etc in the rural areas of the region. We will be glad if we keep in touch to discuss and exchange experience

  3. Hi Orieta, welcome to the talktourism blog and its good to hear about what is happening in other tourism regions of the world, other than Ireland. We are always interested in working with other rural tourism specialists and perhaps there may be some way that we could work together under the LEADER programme or another equivalient in Albania. Hope you have a good tourism season in 2009!

  4. Zoya, I was delighted that you found our talktourism blog although I did not respond to this blog comment immediately; I have been intrigued by your tourism development ideas following our recent email communications. I am looking forward to hearing more from you soon and wish you success with your tourism development work.

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