Rationale and background

With the development of tourism, a careful examination and modernization of vocational training has become a necessity in both lands.  The professional instruction of tourism and tourism-related professions (craftsmanship, hospitality, processing of own products) has become a major issue. As Hungary is ahead of Romania regarding both the organization of trainings and the implementation of its results, there is a need for realization of the „Best Practice”- type programmes on the Romanian side as well. Although there have been elaborated training curricula for these professions in Hungary, these need to be developed. The missing curricula of the two professions as well as the auxiliary teaching material need to be elaborated and tested, based on the existing teaching and professional experience and with the vocational guidance of the Hungarian partner.

Objectives

- The main objective of the project is the elaboration and development of the missing curricula (course books, auxiliary teaching material) for rural hospitality and guide training in Hungary and Romania, thus encouraging the development of these professions on both sides of the border as well as contributing to job creation and the increase of the GDP per capita.
- Mutual sharing of experience in tourism accumulated in the borderland.

- Development of curriculum, accreditation of curricula in Romania, training, selection and further training of trainers

Cross-border character and  impact

The cross-border nature of the project is evident. The border area actually constitutes a common zone of tourist interest, which is unnaturally divided by the border.  Both frontier zones dispose of similar natural, cultural and man-made tourist attractions, one of these being thermal water. Besides, from the point of view of supply, these regions have at their disposal complementary attractions as well. Here we can think of the more developed health and wellness tourism on the Hungarian territory as well as of the alpine and winter tourism on the Romanian side of the border.  There is every chance that the border areas could appear as a single offer/supply in the ever widening tourism market, the condition of which is the close cooperation and strategic thinking of the professionals involved.

Target groups

The direct target groups are guest-house owners, rural caterers and guides, as well as guide training educational institutions and their instructors.

The indirect target groups are tourists arriving in the area, who receive services of higher standard, as well as local authorities and the resident population in general.

Project results

The development of tourism in general and herein that of rural tourism means an opportunity for breakthrough for both sides of the Hungarian-Romanian frontier zone. The borderland disposes of natural, cultural and man-made tourist attractions, however, mainly on the Romanian side, there is a lack of qualified specialists and suitable training programmes. Teaching and practice of tourism professions have  already got tradition in Hungary.  The objective of the project is the further development of the training system, which is of proved value and already accredited in Hungary , as well as the adjustment, further development and implementation of its results according to the Romanian circumstances/possibilities. The activity of the partners participating in the project is closely related to tourism training and they are organically qualified for the realisation of the project on a high level.

Project tasks:  development of curricula for the guide and rural hospitality training; training of an experimental group in both countries; trainer training in Romania.

Sustainability of the project

The project meets real social demands on both sides of the border, therefore the sustainability of the project results is secured. Both partner institutions wish to engage in the tourism training in the long run, for this reason the utilisation of the curricula elaborated during the project is guaranteed. The students and trainers trained will disseminate knowledge acquired during the project. The partners are committed to continuously update the training material after the completion of the project.