Italy: Review of Issues and Policies

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This report sets out the main analysis and recommendations of the tourism policy review of Italy. It  assesses the current state of tourism performance in Italy, its framework conditions and business environment, the existing set of tourism policies and programmes, especially in the area of statistics, promotion and education and training.  The report presents a series of policy recommendations intended to support policy and programme development in Italy in order to develop and strengthen further the tourism sector and to provide inspiration to policy makers in other countries faced with similar challenges.  The report includes international learning models from  the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Switzerland.

English Also available in: Italian

Education and training for tourism in Italy

The tourism experience is provided through personal interaction. The availability of staff with specific skills and competencies for each product and tourism experience is vital. Tourism managers and employees must be able to adapt to technological requirements, have language skills, and the flexibility to respond to quickly changing demands from clients. To maximise the potential of tourism over the long term, it is critical for Italy to develop and improve its education and training offer in the field of tourism in a way that will explicitly meet the needs of the Italian tourism industry stakeholders. At present there is both a quality and a quantity gap in the education and training available in Italy. Despite the fact that the number of tourism university courses has rapidly increased in recent years, the number of students has declined. The demand for higher education skills from the sector is also very weak, with the orientation of the courses not sufficiently market-oriented, and tourism businesses not playing an active role in the definition of content or course development. There is a need to enhance the transfer of knowledge from the education sector to the industry and develop an integrated approach closely associating the regions, the private sector and the education and training organisations.

English Also available in: Italian

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