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What is CESTour?

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

CESTour aim to achieve:

• Analysis of the current status of the tourism industry and identification of sustainable tourism efforts in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. • Capacity building of experts on sustainable tourism development through interactive training creation and implementation.
• Implementation and operation of seven centers of excellence for sustainable tourism at partner universities.
• Development of cooperation HEI-Company and students learning experience by developing innovative sustainable tourism case studies.
• Development of collaboration network among EU and Asian HEIs and tourism professionals.

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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