2.1. Trainings for key stakeholders
This activity foresees several trainings to be organized in each municipality. The training needs will be assessed during the previous two activities (product mapping and development). The focus will be on entrepreneurs and employees in the tourism-related businesses, but also LAG representatives and other relevant actors. It is rather certain that the trainings will include topics such as basics of tourism industry, rural tourism, tourism management, sales skills, relations with tourists, starting a tourism business etc.
Total of 16 trainings are planned, with 4 per each municipality. The trainings are foreseen to last one-day, considering two factors. First, not many people could allocate more than one day of their time for training (especially not entrepreneurs of small businesses, since they are tied to their day-to-day business activities). Second, the trainings are intended to be devised in a rather straightforward manner.
For delivery of tourism related trainings, tourism experts from Macedonia and/or Croatia may be engaged.
2.2. Study visits to similar events in the region
Part of the capacity building will be study visits to similar events in the region. From MEDF experience, study visits are a cost-effective capacity building tool. The idea here is to take representatives of business community and LAGs to see similar initiatives in the neighbouring countries. This way they can actually see on the field how tourism potential is being exploited and establish cooperation and networking with their peers from the region. They should learn from their experiences. For instance, in Macedonia they could visit the traditional Vevcani carnival held in mid January (slowly Vevcani becoming rural breakaway destination year-round) or the grill festival in the municipality of Prilep (thus people from Prilep becoming the most famous grill makers in the country).
The project will also arrange meetings with the mayors in these municipalities, the main organizers, tourism businesses etc. It is planned that a total of four study visits will be organized in the neighbourhood countries with 15 representatives from Kosovo’s economic region West.