PROJECTS

HOSP-ECO, Sustainability Leadership in Hospitality

Local Action

HOSP-ECO, Sustainability Leadership in Hospitality

2022-1-PT01-KA220-VET-000088349

Partnership:

INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DO PORTO (IPP), Portugal
DEKAPLUS BUSINESS SERVICES LTD, Cyprus
BEST INSTITUT FUR BERUFSBEZOGE NE WEITERBILDUNG UND PERSONALTRAINI NG GMBH (BEST), Austria
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS (AUTH), Greece
OECON GROUP, Bulgaria
Sustainable Tourism Association (ETHNIC), Spain
CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD (CSI), Cyprus

Background

Effective measures are needed to accelerate the green and digital transitions and improve the resilience of the tourism ecosystem. This is an effort in which all groups and stakeholders, in the tourism ecosystem, have a role to play. Hospitality, as part of this ecosystem, leaves a heavy environmental footprint on a daily basis. Although there are many environmental management systems in place to control and monitor ecological performance, hospitality lacks Sustainability Leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic even though has stressed the importance of digital interventions to benefit the environment, it has shifted the priorities of the market to other directions. This dictates the need for immediate actions to accelerate the green and digital transitions and consequently increase the resilience of the EU industrial ecosystems. The tourism ecosystem was the hardest hit by the pandemic and therefore, it faces major challenges to achieve the twin transition. To expedite this twin transition, VET will have a critical role in changing the Leadership model of the industry, shifting from traditional Leadership to Sustainability Leadership. VET can deploy innovative training, including e-tools to allow the successful implementation of sustainability principles in order to make hospitality more competitive. HOSP-ECO project aims at changing the way Hospitality Management thinks and behaves. If sustainability is placed at the core of Hospitality Management’s business thinking and business deciding, then in a few years Hospitality’s ecological footprint will start to shrink. HOSP-ECO will deploy a VET methodology to help Hospitality Management acquire Sustainability Leadership skills by developing a training course and e-tools to facilitate sustainability culture change.

Targets

  • To improve awareness and promote a culture of sustainability in Hospitality.
  • To educate VET Trainers and Hospitality Managers in order to have sustainability at the core of their business strategy.
  • To develop and use an EU Ecolabel-based e-tool to monitor sustainability by all types of accommodation.
  • To reinforce the commitment to sustainability by developing leadership skills that will influence and transform the current ethos and practices in hospitality.
  • To strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs of hospitality establishments.
  • To demonstrate the significant role of VET in the development of sustainability leadership in hospitality.
  • To support the competitiveness of the European tourism industry by diversifying the EU tourism offer

Project localization:

Europe

Project schedule:

Duration: 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2024, (24 months)