Chamber Event details
Sunday 30 September
You are invited to join Ayrshire Chamber as they take a group of food tourism & hospitality professionals to Ireland to learn about the cultural heritage, flavours, and sense of place which make up the area’s visitor experience
Tell me more about the project
Over seven days you’ll travel as part of a group of like-minded people, meeting some of Ireland’s local entrepreneurs, food producers and tourism businesses. You’ll learn their stories, their successes and some of the lessons they learnt along the way. And you’ll share your experiences with them and each other.
Through visits to cultural attractions, accommodation, farmers and growers - you’ll get a concentrated taste of Ireland.
During the week you’ll be part of a group developing Case Studies on one of three main themes we’ve chosen for you to explore during the visit: Beyond Local; Developing Food Stories; and Food Networks.
You may be involved in hospitality, tourism, education & training, food events & festivals or pioneering something innovative. Can you learn from your Irish and other Scottish counterparts? Can they learn from you?
Designed for busy yet innovative tourism and hospitality professionals like you, this focused programme is a chance to learn new skills, experience new ideas and meet new contacts.
Does it cost?
A project grant from the Erasmus+ European Programme means we can offer this amazing opportunity to 25 people who meet the eligibility criteria. If selected, each participant will have a substantial part of the costs covered for this 6 night/7 day visit – including flights, accommodation, transport, meals and admission fees – (in the region of €1500).
In return each participant’s business, organisation or educational establishment will contribute £175 per person. You will have some free time on Friday, 5th October where you will cover costs of your food/drinks/ activities during the free time. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Glasgow International airport.
Can I take part?
Yes, if you have one or more of the roles shown on the attached eligibility document, are willing to participate fully and you can attend the full week (participating in workshops/case studies and attending the full seven days is a stipulation of the Erasmus+ funding rules).
If you are interested, and excited by the prospect of bringing knowledge back to your tourism organisation/destination, educational establishment or business, please complete the eligibility document and send it to Karen Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 22 June 2018.
What happens next?
We will notify successful applicants by 30 June 2018, at which point we will make all bookings, accommodation and travel reservations on your behalf. We will confirm the final programme; send you a package of pre-visit materials and a full list of participants before we leave. Please be aware that if you subsequently drop-out having accepted a place in writing, you are liable for all costs incurred on your behalf. We strongly urge you to arrange appropriate travel insurance following written acceptance.
What to expect?
If you’ve never taken part in an exchange study visit it’s a wonderful opportunity to see things from a new perspective, to gain practical knowledge, new contacts and new experiences to apply in your place of work. It’s no holiday – but there is plenty of time for visiting places that will inspire a return trip one day. Take a look at the outline programme we’ve put together and if it’s of interest please complete the attached application and eligibility form.
The full itinerary can be found here.
Interested in joining them? Download the application and eligibility form here.