ACEEPT 2017: "Produc(e·)in‘·Tourism"

From 19 until 25 November this year’s edition of the international ACEEPT project week has taken place at one of our German partners HTW Saar in Saarbrücken. ACEEPT is a European network of Colleges in Tourism organizing an annual project week hosted by one of the network partners.

This year's theme focussed on: " Produc(e·)in‘·Tourism ". In times of globalization and standardization tourists are increasingly seeking for authenticity, quality and sustainability in their lives. Regional produce and their production processes have become essential parts in many ‘tourism products’. “Producing” also includes different types of ‘industrial tourism’. In general, industrial tourism is a form of tourism in which production sites peculiar to a specific region are essential components of the tourism product. This involves the use of closed-down production facilities as well as still operating ones for tourist purposes. In many old industrial regions the tourist re-use of idle manufacturing or mining sites is common. Besides the architectural attractiveness and cultural importance of these heritage sites, many of them now also serve to stage – not to say “to produce” – events, such as exhibitions and festivals. Moreover, numerous still producing companies in various industries have opened their doors to visitors so that they can learn about the production process, product features and company history. Transitions are smooth. In all the above-mentioned cases tourists visit production sites to see and experience contemporary or traditional production processes of products and produce characteristic of the destination. In summary, industrial as well as agricultural producers have been “Producing Tourism”. 

With the above in mind the international teams of students have been focussing on creating attractive tourism products for three specific segments within the Saarland region. According to the great number of positive reactions, the outcome of the project week has been very successful and satisfactory for all attendees. It has offered an excellent opportunity for sharing knowledge and expertise among the stakeholders. The students have taken the opportunity to improve their personal and professional skills, and lecturers have discussed the opportunity to develop joint curricula or establish networks for mobility. Furthermore this network is of added value to our academy within the framework of internationalisation.

The next edition of the ACEEPT project week will once more take place at HTW Saar - University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany, November 2018.