current projects

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme ‘Slow Adventure’ Project

CRTR’s flagship project, Slow Adventure in Northern Territories (SAINT) brings together 10 partners in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Finland and Northern Ireland in a €1.7 million, trans-national project running until April 2018. The overall objective is to help SMEs in the sector to extend their market reach.

Slow adventures have been developed in each partner region as part of the case study activity as well as a transnational #slowadventuring marketing campaign, which you can follow via https://www.facebook.com/slowadventuring/ or https://www.instagram.com/slowadventuring/.   Visit www.slowadventure.scot for details on the slow adventures developed in Scotland.

For more details on this award-winning project (see the CRTR news page) contact Sara Bellshaw or see either www.saintproject.eu or https://www.facebook.com/slowadventureinnorthernterritories/

Nevis Landscape Partnership

The team has a mentoring and survey role to play in this five-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which started in 2014.  The project is wide-ranging in scope, but, among other things, seeks to encourage better engagement with the Nevis landscapes and to sustainably maximise the value of this natural resource.  For details, see http://www.nevislandscape.co.uk/.

Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism (SHAPE) Project

SHAPE is a UHI-led Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme project, which started in May 2017, to run for three years. Managed by UHI’s Centre for Mountain Studies, CRTR will provide expert input into various elements of the project, especially those relating to tourism.  The project has eight partners in Greenland, Norway, Finland and Iceland, and a large number of international associate partners.

SHAPE will focus on a transnational set of sustainable heritage areas (SHAs) where the partners will work with local stakeholders, their organizations, and the institutions which support them, and incorporate their activities into regional strategies for sustainable development.  SHAPE will provide the tools to transform these strategies into concrete, practical knowledge about how to manage, develop, organize, support, and market assets and activities – and how to integrate these activities into communities in sustainable ways.

‘Capiten’ Atlantic Area Programme Project on Marine Tourism

From July 2017, CRTR will start to explore ways of encouraging business development in the Highlands’ marine tourism sector, after a project application, led by the Regional Council of Brittany, was recently approved.

The initiative, part-financed by the Atlantic Area Interreg programme, will have 18 partners in six countries stretched along the Atlantic arc, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Canary Islands.  Over the next three years the partners will be creating new sailing itineraries to showcase the Atlantic coast’s natural and cultural assets and exploring new media for marketing marine tourism businesses, including coastal events across the wider region.  Please contact sara.bellshaw.whc@uhi.ac.uk for details.

Recreational Impacts Study, Norway

Steve Taylor is working with the Western Norway Research Institute in Sogndal (http://www.vestforsk.no/en), acting as an external expert exploring recreational land use issues in the Sognefjord area.  He recently undertook a (2016) literature review for the project team, examining potential conflict and environmental impact issues relating to mountain biking, hiking and hunting.

European Project Development

As of May 2017, CRTR has a number of applications submitted to or under development for the ERASMUS, Interreg Europe, Northern Periphery and Arctic, and Horizon 2020 programmes, covering a range of tourism-related subjects.  Please contact Steve Taylor for more details.

Adventure Tourism Innovation Partnerships (AVIP)

The overall aim of AVIP is to develop the digital marketing and product innovation skills of entrepreneurs, employees and students in the adventure tourism sector.

The project aims to deliver high quality and highly relevant education and skills that support retention of high calibre staff in peripheral/rural regions.  It will support the growth of SMART jobs to stimulate regional adventure tourism economies and business performance.  Innovation Partnerships will be established to develop an understanding of the skills gaps in terms of digital marketing and product innovation, and the flexible learning pathways that suit curriculum delivery to entrepreneurs, employees and students.  This will guide the development of new online modules, which will be available for adventure tourism entrepreneurs and operatives to access freely.

The Erasmus+ project runs for 24 months from 1st September 2017.  The project is managed by UHI and has six partners in five countries: Ireland, Estonia, Denmark, Bulgaria and Scotland.

Please contact steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk for more details or visit the project website www.adventuretourism.eu and the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/adventuretourism.eu/

Adventure Tourism Vocational Education (ADVENT)

The overall aim of ADVENT is to develop education and training programmes to strengthen the skill base of young people and adults working in adventure tourism, through higher education and as continuing professional development.  ADVENT will connect with regional SMEs and educational providers to ascertain training needs and gaps and then 3 new courses/modules will be developed in each country, and these will be pilot tested during training events in each country.

This Erasmus+ project runs for 36 months from 1st September 2017.  The project is managed by FAS – the High School in Höfn, in SE Iceland – and has eight partners in three countries: Iceland, Finland and Scotland.

Please contact steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk for more details.