What is CESTour?

A project funded by Erasmus+, the European Union, called CESTour (Centers of excellence in sustainable tourism to boost economic development and enhance university-business cooperation in South Asia) aims to advance sustainable tourism practices on a regional and national scale in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India.

CESTour aim to achieve:

• Analyses of the current state of the tourist sector and a list of Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal’s sustainable tourism initiatives. • Developing the expertise of professionals in the development of sustainable tourism through the design and delivery of interactive training.
• Establishing and running seven sustainable tourism centers of excellence at affiliated universities.
• Establishing a partnership between HEI-Company and students’ learning experiences by creating creative case studies for sustainable tourism.
• Creation of a network of cooperation between tourist industry specialists in Asia and the EU.

First insights into the CESTour project:

• CESTour – Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education – Joint project
Starting date 15/01/2021
End date 14/01/2024
Duration in months 36 months
Project reference 617991-EPP-1-2020-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Grant provider: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

The CESTour consortium:

  • FH JOANNEUM (Austria) – P1
  • University of Alicante (Spain) – P2
  • Universitá di Lingue e Comunicazione (Italy) – P3
  • Birla Institute of Management and Technology (India) – P4
  • Institute of Public Enterprise (India) – P5
  • Nirma University (India) – P6
  • Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka) – P7
  • Uva Wellassa University (Sri Lanka) – P8
  • Tribhuvan University (Nepal) – P9
  • Global College International (Nepal) – P10

Target groups:

Tourism organizations and authorities, community based tourism and destination leaders, higher education institutions, their students and graduates, tourism-affected communities and the society at large.

Main outputs of CESTour:

  • Seven centers of excellence for sustainable tourism at partner universities to promote sustainable tourism development and education
  • Offering trainings on sustainable tourism for academics, practitioners and the society at large
  • Creation of a network of sustainable tourism experts and those who want to join the philosophy in tourism

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