SORT refers to the abbreviation: Seniors on Reciprocal Tourism . It is a multilateral project involving 8 EU partners from South Eastern Europe. The main idea is to design, trial, evaluate, document, diffuse and valorize a new touristic package and service for tourists +55 (years).
The main objective is to facilitate the mobility of senior adults towards the partners’ local communities by giving them the properties of a wanderer-guest, as well as that of a volunteer.
Senior tourists will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills on a field they master, either professionally or by hobby. Also the hosting partners will organize for them touristic and educational activities. The receivers of the ‘knowledge’ will be individuals and groups from the local community of the hosting partners, such as students, youth, women, people with special needs etc. In this way, a new form of tourism will be developed that will involve mutual giving and receiving; Project partners will adapt the model into their regular activities, thus expected to enhance the flow of senior tourists and to facilitate the prolongation of touristic flow especially during the low touristic seasonality.
Within the project framework partners will elaborate different local hosting programs for the seniors and for the local community, will meet in person to present them to the others, will test them in pilot implementations and will assess and evaluate the results. Finally they will develop a guide containing the description of the whole process.
The model will be disseminated widely in partner’s regions to other seniors in an effort to involve future participants. The entire project will be also promoted to a number of international tourism fairs.
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SORT – Seniors On Reciprocal Tourism
EU co-financing period is from March 2016 – August 2017
Grant Agreement Number: 69941