With an ever-increasing effort by the EU to reduce CO₂ emissions, a new project aims at reducing the environmental impact of the tourism sector. The project called VINCI (Virtual & Augmented Reality Trainers Toolbox to Foster Low Carbon Tourism & Related Entrepreneurship) is a strategic partnership project in the field of adult education funded with the support of the Erasmus+ programme.
The VINCI project, which runs from February 2022 to January 2024, aims to foster a shift towards low-carbon tourism (LCT) and encourage related entrepreneurship across EU member states. The VINCI project includes seven partners from across Europe specifically chosen to ensure a good mix and balance between experts in climate change/sustainability, tourism, entrepreneurship, work-based training, vocational education and training (VET) curriculum development/pedagogy and digital technologies (augmented and virtual reality and mobile and e-learning).
The project outlets include the following:
- development of an innovative curriculum
- design of “best practice” case studies on how tourism stakeholders can generate fewer CO₂ emissions in all three phases of travel tourism
- development of modular training resources on LCT, including augmented and/or virtual reality
- design of the VINCI Toolbox, consisting of a repository of digital training resources on LCT
- development of a trainer’s guide e-book intended to recommend to VET trainers.
The project is coordinated by Malta’s MECB and will address the need for training on LCT while helping foster awareness and knowledge of such tourism activities.
SEI Tallinn has long built up tourism expertise both within Estonia and internationally. The centre will contribute to the VINCI project by sharing knowledge in developing tools and methods for LCT, especially in terms of measuring carbon footprint, supporting eco-innovation and circular economy.
Once available, project results can be freely deployed by the project’s target groups, including VET trainers/tourism mentors, VET learners and tourism sector stakeholders, including entrepreneurs.