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» The project “Start Up In Tourism. European Support” with acronym “SUITES” was approved within the Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo Da Vinci sub-programme.Project implementation start date: 01.08.2012
Project implementation end date: 31.07.2014

Project financed by the European Union under the Leonardo Programme
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The project SUITES addresses two specific issues, recognized as a common need by the proposed partnership:

  1. Concerning tourist sector, a gap between entrepreneurial ideas and effective application in the labour market, with an innovative and market-oriented approach;
  2. A need of a structured and qualified training approach to the accompanying to the start-up of new businesses and a wider diffusion throughout training sector.


  1. Strengthening the link between vocational educational and training and the labour market, especially targeting tourist sector;
  2. Supporting integration or re-integration of young people in the labour market, stimulating an effective and qualified self-entrepreneurship;
  3. Increasing mobility and multilateral cooperation among public and private training institutions and labour-market organizations and SME;
  4. Increasing mobility and networking among people trained about self-entrepreneurship and new start-ups in tourist sector;
  5. Developing a common European methodology to support and accompany the start-up of new businesses, specifically targeted on tourist sector needs;
  6. Upgrading the degree of professionalism, qualification and innovation based on the needs of tourist sector, with regards to 2.0 technologies and environmental sustainability.


  • Moving from the existing partners developed experience to elaborate a common training approach to the accompany of start-ups, through an analytical and comparative method (international and local meetings);
  • Put in network knowledge and skills of training and labour market organisations to elaborate a common “format” to be diffused and transferable at a European level, through working meetings among project partners and the involvement of relevant silent partners;
  • Testing the model, involving young start-uppers and encouraging their mobility to promote a European network of innovative start- ups to exchange know-how and ideas about enterpreurship in tourism;
  • Increasing the wider sharing and exchanging of competences, organising meetings and mobilities of partners staff and trainees in at least 6 different involved countries.


  • Improvement and spreading of a training approach to the support of start-up businesses;
  • Developing of a first European transferable format and tools for start-ups in tourism;
  • Creation of a multilateral supporting public and private network to accompany entrepreneurship;
  • Stimulating innovation in new tourist enterprises, focusing on 2.0 technologies and sustainability;
  • Encouraging exchange and networking among new innovative enterprises at a European level.