Larnaka Tourism Board continually invests in the future of tourism in the region, but also on a wider level, through participation in several European programmes that aim to tackle various issues of the sector and enhance its offering.
Working with partners from various organisations within the EU, LTB has forged strong networks with other countries and entities and we look forward to applying the best practises from each.
Tourism for Persons with Sensory Disabilities
The Tourism for Persons with Sensory Disabilities programme was the catalyst for the pilot tour for the visually impaired held in Larnaka in May – the first guided tour for persons with visual disabilities to be held on the island. Participants were given the opportunity to touch and feel authentic exhibits at two museums and enjoyed a guided walk to hear the tales of the ‘Larnaka Storytelling Statues’.
Following the success of the Tourism for Persons with Sensory Disabilities programme, the Time4AlternativeCreativity in remote space (Time4AC) programme is a response to the difficulties faced by small cultural and creative institutions related to the Covid-19 pandemic and their offering for persons with sensory disabilities, simultaneously identifying best practises and digitalisation of services.
Also related to the field of digitalisation, the dTour programme will train and certify people who work in the tourism and hospitality sector with innovative digital skills in order to provide high-quality digitalized services to SMEs, with particular focus on hotels and accommodation, thus allowing tourism SMEs to modernise their methods for the tech-savvy traveller.
The ESTour programme aims at training and certifying people who have been working in the hospitality sector and would like to update their skills in relation to the new health and safety protocols that have arisen as a result of the pandemic, along with new digital technologies in regards to an effective response to epidemic crises’ impact.
QUEST (Quality Internships in Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage) aims to increase HE students’ employability in the tourism and heritage sector by designing an innovative and skill-based learning programme for HE students that face the tourism sector labour market.
The Be.Cultour programme (Beyond Cultural Tourism) aims to explore ‘innovative circular cultural tourism solutions and hackathon and acceleration opportunities’ to shape the future of cultural tourism in six European countries, with Larnaka’s participation concerning the region’s rural cultural landscape – and the sensory bee natural trail.