Scottish University to work on EU-funded TrailGazersBid
Scotland’s Glasgow Caledonian University is set to play a key role in a new project – the EU-funded TrailGazersBid – to boost the economic spin-offs of walking trails across Europe.
The partnership will develop a framework to enable the management and promotion of trails across the Atlantic area.
This framework will employ digital technologies and indicators to develop trains in an environmentally friendly, sustainable, cost effective and highly innovative manner.
Moffat Centre researchers are to work with nine partner institutions on the EU-funded TrailGazersBid.
The project is intended to encourage thousands of people in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and France, “off the paths and into surrounding communities to immerse themselves in new cultural, culinary and life experiences”.
Recently launched in Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland, the project will examine the contribution that investment in walks and recreational infrastructure makes to the economy.
Tourism has changed in recent years
The Principal Investigator of the EU-funded TrailGazersBid at the Moffat Centre, Giancarlo Fedeli, said: “The last few years have seen a growth in experiential travel, with people preferring to spend their holidays seeking out more meaningful and personal experiences in “off the beaten track” locations.
“Travel is now more about appreciating the way of life these hidden gems can offer; learning about local history, cultural and natural landscapes and embarking on voyages of self-discovery that will stay with the person long after the holiday has finished.
“This project will provide an exciting opportunity for local and regional stakeholders, including residents, community groups, small businesses, tourism providers, schools, environmental agencies, and public authorities to come together and collaborate.”
The project, which will run until 2021, has partners from Donegal, Sligo and the Canary Islands, and the University of Algarve, in Faro, Portugal.
Photo: Holly Mandarich
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