In the period from 20 to 22 February in Belgrade will be held an international conference on child and youth educational tourism

The purpose of the regional project for the development of sustainable child and youth tourism in the Region includes the interconnection of four countries (Serbia, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia) in the area of child and youth tourism, exchange of knowledge and practices among the partners and service providers selected by the partners, and compilation of the data necessary for a publication that will be issued and used as a guidebook and information resource in these four countries.

The project includes organizing the international conference which is aimed at both promoting this topic and exchanging the knowledge and information, designing a publication about child and youth educational tourism and organizing a press conferences, all with the purpose of raising awareness of the project activities and the expected results, and promoting the concept of transnational cooperation in the sphere of child and youth educational tourism.

This kind of tourism offer will make it possible for the children and youth to expand their knowledge, develop personal skills, particularly social and cultural skills, acquire and broaden their experience, establish contacts with peers, and thus greatly contribute to the economic development of the visited destinations

The lead partner of the regional project for the development of child and youth educational tourism is the National Tourism Organization of Serbia with the partners “HF Eko Etno Grupa” of Croatia, “Kompas Novo Mesto” of Slovenia, “GAL Bassa-Padovana” of Italy, the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.

The project associate partners are “Prijatelji dece Srbije”, the Educational Tourism of Serbia Cluster, the Danube Competence Center, and the donors of the project are the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

International conference

“REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE CHILD AND YOUTH EDUCATIONAL TOURISM”

The international conference “Regional Cooperation in the Development Sustainable of Child and Youth Educational Tourism” will be held in Belgrade, in the Assembly Hall of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Serbia (Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 15) and at the 35th International Tourism Fair in Belgrade, hall 4/stand 4030, from the 20th till 22nd of February 2013.

This three-day conference will gather the experts in this field in the domain of tourism, education and economy and will focus on identifying innovations and trends in the area of child and youth educational tourism, presentation of experiences and examples of good practice in the four countries as far as this tourism product is concerned. The primary goal of the conference is to provide for the exchange of knowledge and information, define recommendations for the improvement of the existing and development of new models of cooperation and further activities on establishing transnational tourist routes in the field of child and youth educational tourism.

Tourism is one of the key industries that can help diminish the regional disparities and contribute to diversification of the rural economy, i.e. implementation of the modalities of intersectoral cooperation, networking of the key players in the geographic area concerned, creation of thematic routes, etc.

Educational tourism involves the education of children and youth through the activities that include unconventional learning techniques which contribute to personal evolvement through journeys, intercultural dialogue and development in general. The category of child and youth tourism, including school tourism and tourism providing informal education, contains a heterogeneous group of users from 3 to 30 years of age. Children and youth belonging to these age groups are actually the tourists who represent a considerable portion of the Europe’s share in the tourism market.

One of the significant steps towards the enhancement in this area is interconnection of several countries and learning about their experiences in the sphere of educational, child and youth tourism. Owing to the joint efforts on the improvement of destinations and completion of conventional journeys and routes, the educational child and youth tourism in Europe can become recognized as a unique offer.

 

Conference AGENDA:

 Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Morning session:

11:00 welcome and introduction of the Project, Project management team

11:15  Mapping of tendencies and trends in the field of child and youth tourism in AAI region, Iskra Maksimović, FEFA (Faculty for Economy, Finances and Administration), Singidunum University

Press Conference 12:00

Lunch break 13:00-15:00

Afternoon session:

15:00 – 17:00  Comparative overview of the methodological approaches in child and youth tourism legislative frameworks and standards; policy measures in child and youth tourism

15:00  Child and youth tourism, including school tourism, representative of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, sector for tourism, Serbia, :

15:20  Farm school (Fattorie didattiche) concept and system, Italy, Elena Schiavon, Veneto Region, Italy

15:40  CŠOD (Centres of School-in-Nature Activities) and school in nature in Slovene school system, Irena Kokalj, CŠOD, Slovenia

Coffee break 16:00-16:30

16:30 Policy measures in child and youth tourism sector, Goran Beus Richembergh, Croatian National Parliament, National Committee for Tourism, Croatia

16:50  Education tourism: an opportunity for to confirm identity and support development in rural areas, Daniele Toniolo, Bassa Padovana GAL (Local Action Group), Italy

17:10  Child and youth tourism in the Danube region, Danko Ćosić, DCC (Danube Competence Centre), Serbia

 Thuersday, 21st February 2013

Morning session:

Exchange of experiences and presentation of the best practices

10:00 Il Filo d’Erba Farm School, Maria Della Francesca, Italy

10:20 Education for sustainable living through child and youth tourism in the Alps: Solčavsko-Logarska Valley, Marko Slapnik, Rinka Centre, Slovenia

10:40 Child and youth tourism in Croatia, experiences from rural areas, Jurica Glavina, Eklata Tourism Agency, Croatia

Coffee break 11:00 – 11:30

11:30 Educational tourism for children and youth in Slovenia, creating new offer through linking best practices, Kompas Novo Mesto, Matjaz Pavlin, Slovenia

11:55 Tourism attraction basis and rural tourism offer as a motivation for young visitors, Dijana Katica, Croatian Farmer Eco Ethno Group, Croatia

12:15 Establishing a child and youth educational tourism system in Serbia, Educational Tourism Cluster, Serbia, Gorica Stanojević, Čačak Regional Centre for Professional Development of Teachers, and Marijana Negovanović Obradović, Ljig Sava Kerković Elementary School – cluster members of Educational Tourism Cluster Serbia, Serbia

Lunch break 13:00-15:00

Afternoon session:

15:00 – 16:00  Conclusions and recommendations for further actions

Panel discussion moderated by Iskra Maksimović, FEFA, Singidunum University and Branislav Miletić, Horwath Consulting, Serbia

 Friday, 22nd February 2013

Belgrade Fair National Tourism Organisation Stand

11:00 – 14:00 Interactive demonstration of the Educational Tourism Cluster practices within ITF at the stand of the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia

 

PRESS CONFERENCE:

The National Tourism Organization of Serbia, as the lead partner to the regional project for the development of child and youth educational tourism, organizes a press conference on the occasion of the commencement of the Project and announcement of the project activities.

The press conference will be held

on WEDNESDAY, the 20th of February 2013 , at  12:00 noon,

in the Assembly Hall of the Ministry of Finance and Economy,

Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 15, Belgrade

The conference attendees will be addressed by the following speakers:

  • Goran Petković, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Serbia – Tourism Department
  • Gordana Plamenac, the Managing Director of the National Tourism Organization of Serbia
  • Ljubiša Antonijević, the Assisting Minister in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia
  • Vera Jovanović, project manager

INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION AT THE 35th INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR IN BELGRADE:

On FRIDAY, the 22nd of  February 2013, at 11:00 a.m.

The exhibition stall of the National Tourism Organization of Serbia  (hall 4/stand 4030) 

Tourism Fair, Belgrade

Within the presentation of activities related to the regional project for the development of child and youth educational tourism, the exhibition stall of the National Tourism Organization of Serbia will stage an interactive demonstration of some of the activities, based on the selected examples of good practice in Serbia intended for the children and youth.

Lead organization:

- National Tourism Organisation of Serbia 

in partnership with:

- “HF Eko Etno Grupa”, Croatia

 “Kompas Novo Mesto”, Slovenia

 “GAL Bassa-Padovana”, Italy

 Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Serbia 

 Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the 

Republic of Serbia

Associated partners:

 “Prijatelji dece Srbije”, Serbia

 Cluster of Educational Tourism, Serbia

 Danube Competence Center

Donators:

 Adriatic-Ionian Initiative

 BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development