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Bridging the Skills Gap Published on: 14/11/2013, Last update: 12/12/2013

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Event date: 03/12 > 03/12/2013
Location: Brussels
Rue de la Loi 200 - 1000 Brussels - (Belgium)
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The seminar will highlight the importance of improving skills and competencies of the tourism industry. It will assess the skills gap from the operators' perspective, discuss how to bridge the divide with academics and understand how the EU is helping to bridge the European tourism skills gap

For European Tourism to remain competitive we must ensure the highest level of skills and competences in the industry. Since over 90% of all tourism enterprises in Europe are SMEs with fewer than 10 employees each, this impacts on the ability of the industry to improve its skills as many operators have neither the time nor finance for formal training.

The topic will be discussed from the different points of view: the role of academia in tourism development, the viewpoint of the practitioners themselves and the Commission's endeavours to help in bridging the skills gap.

The seminar is hosted by the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, jointly with the European Travel and Tourism Action Group (ETAG) and the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS).

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory

Registrations for the event are now closed. It is possible to register on-site at the venue of the event, but please consider that we may not guarantee to accommodate all places requests.

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