OUR CONSUMPTION PRACTICES ARE CHANGING, THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING, TOURISM IS CHANGING.

E-tourism and Slow-Tourism are two strong developping trends which will constitute the future of tourism. Our ambition is to enable tourism stakeholders to anticipate the emerging changes and to adapt in order to manage them more efficiently. We aim to offer a european space where all slow-tourism actors can gather together. Our goal is to create an online platform bringing all Slow-Tourism professionals together, and create a synergy around this new tourism sector. To enable the development of this tourism sector, 2 MOOCs (online courses) on Slow-Tourism and on E-tourism, were created in partnership with the University of Madeira, the University of Baleares, Pap. Corp, and Euroform. The aim is to create a link among the tourism stakeholders so that they can exchange on their practices and strengthen this new tourism sector. To do so we created a forum, to gather :

  • Professionals of accommodation offering responsible accommodation, and / or close to nature and locals
  • Tour operators offering trips closer to the population in an ecological and sustainable way
  • Experienced travelers (bloggers) in Slow-Tourism
  • Universities offering trainings related to Slow-Tourism
  • Tourist committees working on the implementation of Slow-Tourism policies
  • Innovative companies offering products to implement Slow-Tourism

BUT WHAT IS SLOW-TOURISM?

THE MOVEMENT OF SLOW-TOURISM WAS INITIATED IN ITALY IN 1989 BY THE SLOW FOOD MOUVEMENT. JUST AS SLOW FOOD INVITES US TO TAKE TIME TO TASTE LOCAL AND QUALITY PRODUCTS IN REACTION TO JUNK FOOD, SLOW TOURISM OFFERS AN ALTERNATIVE TO MASS TOURISM WHICH PUSHES US TO TRAVEL FASTER AND FASTER... THIS ALTERNATIVE TOURISM FORM APPEARED AROUND 1999, AND DEFENDS A SLOW LOCOMOTION AND LITTLE POLLUTING, GLOBALLY A STAY WHERE ONE TAKES HIS TIME. SLOWNESS IS CONSIDERED AS AN ESSENTIAL CONDITION FOR IMMERSING ONESELF IN OTHER PLACES AND CUSTOMS. WE CAN GENERALLY DISTINGUISH TWO TYPES OF SLOW-TOURISTS, WHICH CAN, OF COURSE, BE COMBINED : THOSE WHO TRAVEL SLOWLY FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER AND THOSE WHO PREFER TO IMMERSE IN ONE PARTICULAR PLACE.

SLOW-TOURISM IS BUILT AROUND FIVE KEY IDEAS:

TAKE YOUR TIME, RELAX, DISCONNECT:
THIS CONSISTS IN TAKING YOUR TIME TO REST IN ONE PLACE AND DISCOVER THE LANDSCAPES WITHOUT PRECISE OBJECTIVES OR PREDEFINED CIRCUITS.

SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY:
AS IN THE SLOW-FOOD MOVEMENT, ONE OF SLOW-TOURISM'S MAIN IDEAS IS TO CONSUME LOCAL PRODUCTS AND SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES. IT MAY BE AS SIMPLE AS BEING HOSTED BY THE LOCALS RATHER THAN STAYING IN A HOTEL. IN ADDITION TO A BETTER DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH ON THE SPOT, TRAVELERS ARE IMMERSED DEEPER INTO THE PLACE THEY VISIT.

PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT, A POSITIVE CARBON FOOTPRINT:
IN SLOW-TOURISM, THE MAIN AIM IS TO USE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE CLEAN, NON-MOTORIZED MEANS OF TRANSPORT AS POSSIBLE AND TO FAVOR PUBLIC RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL TRANSPORT. THIS NATURALLY LEADS TO FAVOR NEARBY DESTINATIONS RATHER THAN DESTINATIONS REQUIRING A LONG FLIGHT.

CREATE A LINK WITH THE LOCAL POPULATION:
THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LEITMOTIFS OF SLOW-TOURISM. IT ENCOURAGES US TO GIVE MORE SENSE TO OUR JOURNEY, TO PERCEIVE AND APPRECIATE THE WORLD AROUND US. INTERACTING WITH THE INHABITANTS, THEIR CULTURE, THEIR SPIRITUAL TIES WHETHER BY STAYING WITH THE LOCALS, OR BY CONTRIBUTING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL PROJECTS, IS FUNDAMENTAL. THIS, OF COURSE, INVOLVES TAKING YOUR TIME AND OFTEN STAYING IN ONE PLACE FOR A WHILE.

GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK:
SINCE THE SLOW-TOURISM INVITES US TO BE CLOSER TO THE POPULATION, THE RHYTHMS AND CUSTOMS, NATURE AND TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE CLASSIC TOURISTIC ROADS, THE CHOICE TO LEAVE THE BEATEN TRACKS IS ALMOST INEVITABLE. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ENCOUNTERS WITH PEOPLE AND NATURE HAPPEN IN PLACES NOT INACCESSIBLE BY LOCAL TRANSPORT.

IN SHORT, THE PRACTICE OF SLOW-TOURISM ALLOWS THE TRAVELER TO DISCOVER A COUNTRY SLOWLY, BUT ALSO TO ENJOY A DEEPER EXPERIENCE IN CONNECTION WITH THE LOCAL POPULATION AND THEIR WAY OF LIFE. FOR THE LOCAL POPULATION, THIS HELPS TO CREATE A LINK WITH TRAVELERS AND TO MAKE A REAL PROFIT FROM TOURISM. IN A LONG TERM VISION, THIS MODE OF TRAVELLING COULD ALSO LEAD TO A BETTER DISTRIBUTION OF TOURIST TRAFFIC IN A COUNTRY AND CREATE A FAIR AND HARMONIOUS BALANCE OF WEALTH.

If you want to tell us what you are doing in the Slow-Tourism area or to exchange on your good pratices with the community you can sign in to our forum!

PARTNERS

Aformac Europe

AFORMAC is a french training organization created in 1980 and active in several french regions. It provides professional inclusion, trainings and certifications in the sectors of hospitality and catering, health and people care, animation, trade and digital technologies. Aformac also follows youngsters and adults in situation of unemployement. In 1988, started the first mobility projects for Aformac trainees. In 1995, Afromac Europe was created to strengthen these actions and develop European mobilities and cooperation.
The Europe office works on learning mobilities for interns in vocational training, but also on innovations regarding educational engineering with european KA2 projects. Aformac has a strong partnership with the regional Council on these thematics. Very attached to humane and employment equity values, Aformac is also engaged in a RSE process. We are also among the 3300 signatories of the diversity charter, committing ourselves to fight against discriminations and promote diversity in our trainings agencies.

Tel: +33 04 73 34 35 21

E-mail: aformac.mobilite@aformac.fr

Head Office: 37 Boulevard Aristide, Briand, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

Euroform

Euroform RFS is an Italian VET and adult training institution established in 1996 and accredited by the national government of Italian Republic. It operates in sector of vocational and adult training as well as career guidance.
Initially being established in Cosenza city, Euroform has been expanding in the following years in other Italian cities: Turin and Naples. Euroform RFS organizes basically tailored training courses in different sectors regarding safety on the job, international trade, business administration and marketing, project management and administration, Italian language courses for foreigners, protection and management of environment, sustainable tourism, import and export, ecc. It has developed training on-the-job, e-learning, blended training as Euroform RFS gives a particular attention to ICT- based training, innovative training methods.
It is important for Euroform RFS to link training to the labour market, in fact one of the main activities is to organize work placements and it has implemented numerous mobility projects permitting to VET and higher education students to do work placements in Italian companies.

Tel: (+39) 0984 467735

E-mail: info@euroformrfs.it

Head Office: P.zza della Libertà, 40 – 87036 – Rende (CS) - Italy

Universidade da Madeira

The University of Madeira is the youngest Portuguese Public University. In 2018, it is celebrated the 30th anniversary of its foundation.
It offers a wide range of quality 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycles of studies, Professional Masters, Post-graduate studies and Professional Masters structured around five competence centres: Arts and Humanities, Exact Sciences and Engineering; Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Health Technologies and eighteen consolidated fields of knowledge.
The University houses Research Centres, Poles and Groups in several fields, where researchers make a real effort to find the right solutions and responses to the major scientific, technological and social challenges in todays’ world.
It is an innovative institution which is strongly committed to the use of cutting-edge technology, quality of faculty and of services provided as well as the development of projects with other bodies and enterprises, both national and international, to achieve excellence.

Tel: (+351) 291 705 000

E-mail: info@mail.uma.pt

Head Office: Penteada University Campus 9020-105 Funchal - Portugal

P.A.P.

P.A.P Corp. was founded in 1968 in Greece. The hospitality family consists of four hotels: Astoria Hotel in Thessaloniki and Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, Xenia Ouranoupolis & Agionissi Resort in Halkidiki, Greece.
All hotels operate under environmentally friendly management and are awarded with the Blue Flag & Green Key certifications. Promoting the local cuisine, Greek Breakfast, a project of the Greek Hotel Association, is served daily in a rich buffet.
The company also produces its own certified, bio Homemade Products from the fruit & herbs of the hotel gardens: wine, olive oil, honey, marmalade, tsipouro & essential oils.
F Zone Catering & Events, the company’s catering department, designs, organizes and executes premium quality events around Greece and is the exclusive caterer of the American Farm School of Thessaloniki.
P.A.P Corp. also operates Hotelia, a professional tourism & hospitality seminar center that participates in academic & mobility projects with co operations in Europe and the US.

Tel: +30 231 0 505 500

E-mail: paphotels@papcorp.gr

Head Office: Tsimiski - Salaminos 9 str. 546 26 Thessaloniki, Hellas

Universitat de les Illes Balears

The University of the Balearic Islands (Universitat de les Illes Balears,) is a University, founded in 1978 and located in Palma on the island of Majorca.
The origins of the University date back to 1483, when King Ferdinand II of Aragon authorized the foundation of the Estudi General Lul.lià in Majorca. This college was named after the philosopher and writer Ramon Llull (c.1232–c.1315). It operated until 1835 when it was closed following intense debate.
After 1835, students from the Balearic Islands attended university in Cervera , and subsequently in Barcelona. There was no higher education institution in the Balearic Islands until 1949, when the Estudi General Lul·lià was reinstituted under the auspices of the University of Barcelona. This initially offered courses in philosophy and philology, which were recognized by the University of Barcelona. The faculties of Science and Arts were added in 1972, followed by the Faculty of Law.
The faculties of the Estudi General Lul·lià were separated from their sponsoring universities in 1978, forming the University of Palma.
The School of Tourism was added in 1993, the Faculty of Education in 1992, and the School of Psychology and the Polytechnic School in 2000.
Since 1996 the University has been funded by the Government of the Balearic Islands.

Tel: +34 971 17 30 00

E-mail: julio.batle@uib.es

Head Office: Carretera de Valldemossa, km 7.5, 07122 Palma, Illes Balears, Spagna