Iguazú and Foz participate in Innovact Europe

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This is a project organised by the European Union to facilitate intercontinental learning. The aim is for parts of the border region of Europe and Latin America to exchange experiences on specific aspects of cross-border cooperation in support of innovation. Promote cross-border cooperation, exchange of information and lessons learned, learning based on concrete examples, best practices, action plans and value chains (tourism, education, trade).

The study visit allows participants to Latin american the possibility of obtaining first-hand knowledge and understanding of the types of actions implemented by the cross-border regions in europe in support of the innovation and the development of the value chain. “They understand that because they are very different contexts, they cannot transfer models, but they can learn and generate useful ideas.”

“They have a look at, based on what we can do and not on what we want. A grain of sand is important” and “value differentiation by quality over quantity, where much value is given to the sustainable”.

The expected results have to do with training participants on European good practices of cross-border cooperation in relation to institutional articulation, innovation activities, entrepreneurship, partnerships, cluster support, business, science, technology. Strengthening links between Latin American institutions and their European counterparts. Involved 10 invited by border area of Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay). The invited delegation was composed of Dr. Linda Teiyen President of Codeleste (Paraguay); Pablo Bauza De Codespi, Leopoldo Lucas ITUREM and Sergio Maciel of the Ministry of Tourism (Argentina). By Brazil were Fernanda Fedrigo Polo Iguassu, Elaine Tenerello Visit Iguassu, Aldo Carvalho, Juan Carlos Alberini, and Izoulet Cortes of Paraná Tourism.

With regard to tourism, European trends in the future are based on sustainable growth, technology and new skills in the training of human resources. In addition, they all agree that sustainability is competitiveness and the importance of public-private work. A study visit takes place in Italy between 16-18 October 2019. The visit began in Venice, with a visit from the Venice Lido, a sustainable project that seeks to promote sustainable tourism development in a very fragile ecosystem. The participants then visited Udine, Tireste, Gorizia and Aquilea to meet tourism projects between the regions of Italy and Slovenia, with a focus on digital tourism.

Leopoldo Lucas, president of the Iturem – who participates in this European experience – said in this regard that “the visit focused on intense working days, where we participated in many tourist experiences between regions; Italy – Austria, Italy – Slovenia, Italy – Croatia, mainly in developing the range of activities, tourism promotion, training and technology development. All these projects under the umbrella and development funds of the European Union”.

And he added, “they are very focused and concerned about climate change and population growth world, focus all resources and efforts in the optimization for obtaining products considering the demand, the health and care of the body”.

To conclude, he said, ” from this the idea is to incorporate tourism training for the three countries, for example, to provide information about the trinational region, mainly highlighting for example connectivity since the three countries have airports with important connections. And also generate a trinational tourist Obervatory where each destination can enter its statistics to know how the tourist is mobilized in the region.”

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