From 1.12.2020 to 30.12.2022 the Erasmus + project THE RURALTOUR: A Training Program for Sustainable Rural Tourism program is being implemented, aimed at contributing to the achievement of objectives related to the development of sustainable European rural tourism, by developing the skills of business owners, managers, employees, students, trainees and potential entrepreneurs. The core tool is an innovative and easily accessible training platform. The project is coordinated by Trabzon Ortahisar Municipality (Turkey) and is a partnership between 8 organizations from 6 countries: University of Almeria – Spain, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies – Romania, Momentum Marketing Services Limited – Ireland, Latvian Rural Tourism Association – Latvia, Federturismo Confindustria – Italy, Trabzon Regional Directorate of Culture and Tourism – Turkey, Anatolian Vocational and Technical High School Akçaabat Atatürk – Turkey.

The project includes the following members from the CACTUS center: Professor Gabriela Țigu, Ph.D. (researcher and partner in charge on behalf of ASE), Associate Professor Mădălina Lavinia Țală, Ph.D. (researcher), Associate Professor Mihail Ovidiu Tănase, Ph.D. (researcher), economist Cristina Pop (technician and project secretary).

On May 28th 2021, at the Vlahiia Garden, Snagov, took place the second transnational meeting, organized by The Bucharest University of Economic Studies. The meeting was organized online, due to the measures generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting was attended as a guest by Associate Professor Marinela Stoian, Ph.D., President of ANTREC. At the beginning of the meeting the completed activities were evaluated. Afterwards, there were discussed what studies should be done for the intellectual output 2 (a curriculum and training material on different levels for rural tourism) and other project management activities for the next period. In this context, it was decided to finalize the activities related to intellectual outcome 2 by January 2022, when the third transnational meeting will take place in accordance with the work schedule.

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