Meet the Team
Want to find out a little more about the INSITES Erasmus+ project, meet the partners who are making all of this possible then just keep reading…
Cultural heritage tourism is a vital part of Europe’s economy with 8.4 million people employed in this sector and 4 out of 10 tourists choosing their destination based on its cultural and heritage offering. However, Europe’s cultural heritage is under threat. The decay and abandonment of some European cultural heritage gems and the over/insensitive tourism of others are two very pressing areas for concern.
INSITES therefore aims to explores the dual purpose of technology to digitally preserve and safeguard Europe’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage gems and future proof the sector by making it more attractive to young people (digital natives) who are the future consumers/custodians of Europe’s cultural heritage.
Our project has a strong and cross representational consortium involving 6 partners from 6 countries
Banbridge Enterprise District
Established in 1989, Banbridge District Enterprises Limited (BDEL) champions the development of business and enterprise in the Banbridge District through a partnership approach between the public, private and voluntary sectors. The provision of cultural heritage tourism supports is a key remit for BDEL due to their regional base in Armagh which has historical significance that spans millennia as the Home of Saint Patrick and the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.
BDEL promote a sustainable local tourism enterprise culture and economy via the provision of VET training and financial supports to cultural heritage tourism businesses from their innovative enterprise centre, client and training base. In recent years, BDEL have recruited and hired a new heritage tourism officer which is evidence of their strong commitment to this sector.
Since 2003, Momentum (MMS) have worked in developing progressive learning programmes and platforms for education with special focus on the tourism innovations that transformational impact on local communities and rural economies. Momentum combine an intimate knowledge of the Irish tourism landscape with their VET specialisms of blended learning and professional development training in entrepreneurship, rural economy regeneration, community stimulus training incorporating new approaches to marketing, innovation, internationalisation, competitiveness and business improvement.
European E-learning Institute
European E-learning Institute (EUEI) specialises in the creation of powerful online platforms, immersive educational environments and provision of resources and tools to create truly valuable learning experiences. EUEI was founded on the concept of ‘continuing education’; a post-secondary education programme that provides further enrichment to learners in a wide range of sectors, covering topics that are professional and/or personal. As an organisation, they place tremendous worth on the informal and flexible nature of continuing education and crafting flexible, online learning courses for those wishing to improve themselves and stay ahead in their careers and in business. Building economical stable and sustainable business communities is also a key goal of the organisation.
Trabzon Ortahisar Belediyesi
Trabzon Ortahisar Municipality (ORT-BEL) is a district municipality in Trabzon, a hub of the Eastern Black Sea Region, with a long history, rich culture and great natural beauty. Of significant cultural heritage importance is Trabzon’s position on the Silk Road which connected Europe and Asia and resulted in the city hosting many civilisations and interesting historical events throughout its history. One of the most easterly of ancient Greek settlements, like many other Black Sea sites, Trabzon is associated in legend with the Amazon women warriors.
Ortahisar in the largest district in the Trabzon and Trabzon Ortahisar Municipality provides municipal services to 317,000 residents living in 85 neighbourhoods in urban or rural areas within the boundaries of the district. Trabzon Ortahisar Municipality has a total of 1298 employees working in different service processes in our municipality.
Institute of Vocational Training AKMI
The Institute of Vocational Training AKMI was founded in 1989 and today is one of the leading Vocational Training Institutes in Greece employing approximately 950 permanent staff, 600 of whom are educators and academic staff recognised for their innovative research and teaching approaches, qualifications, language knowledge, critical thinking and mindset.
AKMI School of Tourism & Gastronomy has more than 45 years of experience and continuous pioneering across the IEK AKMI branches of Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Larissa and Rhodes. It is the largest VET educational force in the field of Tourism and Nutrition in Greece and is recognized by Ministry of Education. The AKMI School of Tourism & Gastronomy has innovation at its core.
Arctur is an innovation specialist agency working to inspire and empower cultural heritage organisations to reinvent themselves and co-create innovative cultural heritage products and services, contributing to a more sustainable and equitable future for the tourism sector in Slovenia. Arctur has been instrumental in helping Slovenia to achieve its ambitious vision and become the leading European country in the digitally rich experience of immovable cultural heritage. Arctur’s Tourism 4.0 project has made this possible.
Outside of Tourism 4.0, Arctur is also actively involved in many other facets of cultural heritage related ICT, and is collaborating with several leading research and academic organizations from this field. They are equipped and provide services of data acquisition, from 3D scanning and photogrammetry of both movable and immovable items to aerial photogrammetry and multispectral sensing.
Destination Makers is a Boutique Tourism Education organisations that offers VET training and supports to help tourism providers particularly those from some of the least visited
destinations all over Europe to enhance, promote and market their destinations by focusing on their stories, people, traditions, resilience, landscape and nature. Destination Makers approach involves:
- their team of experts working with tourism providers to reduce the gap between destinations and consumer motivation/demands for tourism and travel purposes.
- “Design with Impact” approach which helps territories achieve real and sustainable projects over time through participatory, shared and transparent paths.