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NETOUR Project Team

NETOUR (Network for Excellence in Tourism through Organisations & Universities in Russia) initially arose as an idea developed by two academics and researchers in the field of tourism: Dr. Andrades from the University of Extremadura, Spain, and Dr. Dimanche from SKEMA Business School, France. 

 

Because of NETOUR’s nature and objectives, it was required to build up a consortium composed of partners with the following skills: an outstanding ability to design tourism curricula, a highly qualified teaching experience in tourism, a sound knowledge of the tourism industry, accredited expertise on sustainable tourism planning as well as on tourism destination competitiveness management. Additionally, as the tourism sector is by definition very broad, it was necessary to delimit the scope of analysis and to specify even more the required skills of the potential NETOUR partners. Thus, after analysing the Russian Federation as a tourism destination, three key tourism products were identified:cultural, nature, and business tourism, and three most popular tourism destinations: St. Petersburg, Moscow, & Sochi. Russian Universities and Institutions representing these territories are part of NETOUR team (KSUPhEST, SSU, Volga TECH, SPbSPU, SPbSUSE, IRC, RSUTS). 

With respect to the European partners that were selected to participate in Netour, SKEMA is a leading French institution for tourism management education that has recognised expertise in developing tourism management curricula. Similarly, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was an ideal partner because it is one of the largest providers of tourism undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK, and through its International Tourism Centre (ITC), it has carried out major curriculum development activities in EU countries such as Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, the Netherlands and other countries including Switzerland and Kenya, with UK, EU and other International agency funding. In France, the Institut Français du Tourisme was also invited because of its experience in supporting the development of the French tourism sector through training, research and innovation specialised on tourism education engineering, as well as for its experience in knowledge transfer to central and eastern European countries, specifically in Russia, where they have developed a personalised tourism training and education programme for trainers and policy-makers from the Volga-Vyatka economic region. Another NETOUR partner is LaY, which was selected because of the innovative work done by the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education, which has developed creativity and entrepreneurship as key skills in tourism curricula.

 

In addition, UEx and the rest of the Spanish partners, UJA & UPCT, have in common that their experts are members of the Spanish Association for Tourism Researchers on Tourism, whose president, Dr. Pulido from the UJA, will contribute to Netour with his expertise on protected natural area tourism management. The UPCT, as well as our Irish partner, DIT, will lend their expertise in the broad cultural tourism, with an emphasis on linking third level education and training to industry needs.