Skill Tour

Transversal skills for sustainable
rural tourism in lagging areas of Europe

Local Traditions and working together

  • To be able to understand local distinctiveness and use it effectively as a tool.
  • To take actions for keeping the local identity.
  • To select with priority of local suppliers.
  • To utilise local products and help visitors uncover specialties.
  • To work cooperatively with others.
  • To establish productive working relationships.

Tips on finding the right local partners

  • Consult local directories (online and printed) and get to know who else in your area is in your line of business.
  • Establishing an informal network of peer contacts can be a great way of sharing ideas, information and advice.
  • Join a local trade associationand your local Chamber of Commerce andIndustry. As well as providing a range of general business advisory services, they are important business advocates to help you get your voice heard by policy-makers.
  • Contact your local Tourist Information Centre.
  • Get to know who’s who in tourism in your area
  • Find out if there are any online communities in your area providing peer-to-peer networking and trading opportunities. Business sites like LinkedIn facilitate this form of user interaction and provide easy access to topical issues and trends.