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PEAK - New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship content

PEAK - New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship

PEAK - New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship

PEAK is a mountain entrepreneurship programme for youth which empowers participative and decisive action towards the rejuvenation of mountain economies and sustainable mountain development.  It has the following objectives:

  • Unlock the economic potential of youth entrepreneurship and new economic niches (such as offering tours or selling added value regional products)
  • Combat and reverse depopulation by attracting young people to stay, move to – or move back to – mountain areas and become entrepreneurs
  • Empower youth through entrepreneurship to be equal partners and torchbearers in creating and implementing goals toward environmental sustainability

The main results of PEAK will be open educational resources for non-formal youth education and a multilingual, interactive VLE platform to enable remote and distance learning and foster peer connections and collaboration among PEAK entrepreneurs across Europe.

The project, starting in May 2021, will last for 24 months and has the following partners:

  • The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland (lead partner)
  • The National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • FAS, Iceland (high school)
  • Momentum Marketing Services, Ireland (SME)
  • Canice Consulting, Northern Ireland (SME)
  • Meridaunia Local Action Group, Italy (NGO)
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T-CRISIS NAV

T-CRISIS NAV

A new ERASMUS + project has started in September 2020 to help tourism SMEs to navigate their way through crisis.

Led by CRTR, the €445,000 project has academic and SME partners in Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Spain, and will last for three years.

The project will develop an up to date HEI curriculum, a vocational education and training package, a set of open educational resources addressing SMEs and start-ups and an innovative learning app, all helping tourism SMEs to gain the knowledge and management competencies to navigate their company through the virulent crisis and to become more crisis-resilient in the future.

For more detail please contact Steve Taylor.

Scientific Tourism (SCITOUR) content

Scientific Tourism (SCITOUR)

Scientific Tourism (SCITOUR)

This NPA INTERREG project focuses on creating a new form of tourism called scientific tourism. We will work with partners to develop the SCITOUR concept, guidelines, model products and a SCITOUR brand, as well as digital infrastructure for marketing, information distribution and network communication.

The SCITOUR project intends to exploit new sustainable tourism opportunities and help small tourism companies in remote locations to create new products and to market themselves in a new and productive way.

The project is led by the University of Lapland, Arctic Centre, with the following partners:

  • University of Lapland, Multidimensional Tourism Institute
  • University of Iceland - Hornafjordur Research Centre
  • Greenland National Museum

Within UHI, CRTR is pleased to be working in collaboration with the Centre for Mountain Centres at Perth College.

For more details contact: steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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StoryTagging

StoryTagging

Northern communities have a long tradition of story-telling, which is threatened in some communities, where modern lifestyles and social media are weakening traditional social practices. StoryTagging seeks to increase the market reach of creative industry SMEs by developing a digital platform (accessed via apps and a website) that will allow creatives to harness (as stories) much of what makes Northern localities distinctive to the people who live and work there: a sense of place; identity and community; folklore; cultural heritage; landscape and natural heritage; archaeology.

Project partners will work with local communities to gather stories that celebrate these local heritage assets that are unique to the NPA area. We will work with creative SMEs to bring stories to life through new products or works. The project will promote the StoryTagging platform internationally and digital marketing models will be applied to enhance the market reach of participating creatives.

The NPA INTERREG project is led by Robert Gordon University (Scotland) and will be implemented in collaboration with: Kenozero National Park (Russia); Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and Ulster University (Northern Ireland); Region Västerbotten (Sweden); and Kvarken Council (Finland).

For more details contact: steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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The Coast that Shaped the World (COAST) content Destinations: Wellbeing Tourism Opportunities for Regions (DETOUR) content

Destinations: Wellbeing Tourism Opportunities for Regions (DETOUR)

Destinations: Wellbeing Tourism Opportunities for Regions (DETOUR)

A return to nature, renewed awareness of the environment and the search for both physical and psychological wellness clearly press the right buttons for a growing consumer market. “Wellness tourism” is a rapidly expanding niche market globally - in 2017, tourism centred on health and wellbeing grew almost 50% faster than overall global tourism.

Funded through the ERASMUS+ programme, the two-year collaboration, called ‘DETOUR’ (Destinations: Wellbeing Tourism Opportunities for Regions), started in October 2019 and involves partners in Iceland, Denmark, Ireland, Slovenia and the Azores. It focuses on developing awareness and training to strengthen the skill base of young people and adults working in this fast-growing sector.

The goal of DETOUR is to provide educators, tourism SMEs and tourism development stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to capitalise on current and future wellbeing tourism opportunities, to drive sectoral innovation, market diversification and regional growth.

The project’s lead partner, the Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research (CRTR) will work in partnership with regional stakeholders to increase the understanding of wellbeing tourism and the awareness of associated business opportunities, and develop a training programme that can be delivered by tourism education providers and accessed via a dedicated MOOC.

For more details please contact CRTR’s Head of Centre, Dr Steve Taylor, at steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk.

Detour logo Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Atlantic Cluster for Technological and Economic Innovation in the Marine-Leisure Industry (CAPITEN) content

Atlantic Cluster for Technological and Economic Innovation in the Marine-Leisure Industry (CAPITEN)

Atlantic Cluster for Technological and Economic Innovation in the Marine-Leisure Industry (CAPITEN)

CRTR is one of 18 partners involved in the three-year marine and coastal tourism project 'CAPITEN' which began in May 2017 but was officially launched at a press conference in Rennes at the beginning of November.  The initiative, led by the Regional Council of Brittany, is part-financed by the Atlantic Area Interreg programme and the six countries involved stretch along the Atlantic arc, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Canary Islands.

Partners will be creating new innovative products and launching these at coastal events across the wider region as well as new sailing itineraries to showcase the Atlantic coast’s natural and cultural assets. Project partners will also explore the development of port information points and new media for marketing marine tourism businesses.

Please visit the project website www.capiten.eu.

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PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS (PERICLES) content

PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS (PERICLES)

PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS (PERICLES)

PERICLES is a Horizon 2020 project with a consortium with a core of ten research institutes in Denmark (lead partner), France, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Greece, Estonia and Portugal. It aims to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the societal importance of the cultural heritage of marine and coastal landscapes
  • Provide a comprehensive and participatory framework for the sustainable management of these coastal landscapes
  • Develop practical tools in tandem with stakeholders for i) the documentation, assessment of risks and mitigation of threats to cultural heritage and ii) enhancing sustainable growth and opportunities by harnessing cultural heritage assets
  • Provide policy advice to improve the integration of cultural heritage in environmental instruments

In Scotland CRTR is working with UHI partner SAMS and the University of York. Please contact steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk for more details or visit the project website www.pericles-heritage.eu.

PERICLES logo project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 770504

Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development (CULTIVATE) content

Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development (CULTIVATE)

Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development (CULTIVATE)

CULTIVATE seeks to understand the role of cultural heritage in shaping sustainable landscapes and communities in the context of societal challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate emergency and transitions required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This research will explore how cultural narratives are co-created, contested and negotiated at community, regional and national scales using methods that bring to the fore cultural values, identity and relationships between people and land.  Cultural narratives will be reshaped using the ‘Seeds of a good Anthropocene’ methodology which focuses on using inspirational visions and stories to achieve transformations to sustainability.

The project will have valuable impact in real world socio-ecological systems by conducting research across four Biosphere Reserves which represent a diverse spectrum of rural cultural landscapes with an ethos of scientific-based management and community engagement.

The four partners are University of the Highlands and Islands (Centre for Mountain Studies leading), Czech University of Life Sciences, University of Bergen and Estonian University of Life Sciences.  The project runs for three years from June 2021 and has a total budget of €795,645.  CULTIVATE is financed through the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage and Global Change, with UK activity funded through AHRC.

Ethical Tourism Recovery in Arctic Communities (ETRAC) content

Ethical Tourism Recovery in Arctic Communities (ETRAC)

Ethical Tourism Recovery in Arctic Communities (ETRAC)

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the tourism sector in the Cool North and as the industry starts to move into a resilient, post-pandemic recovery there is an opportunity to look at more sustainable or responsible tourist behaviour and address sustainability challenges in peripheral and Arctic areas that have been intensified by the pandemic. 

The aim of ETRAC is to enable short-term business recovery while exploring options for a more culturally and locally sensitive tourism future.  The partners will work with local SMEs, communities, DMOs and other stakeholders to enable them to diversify the business, work collaboratively, acquire new skills or create new digital tourism streams. 

The approach is to draw upon the collective experience of the lead partners from four previous or current NPA projects - ARCTISEN, W-POWER, SHAPE and SAINT - to share new approaches with an expanded network of end-users through a dynamic innovation platform. 

The one-year project started in July 2021, is led by Karelia University of Applied Sciences and has a further Finnish partner in the University of Lapland.  The project is co-financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.