RGIC CONSULTANTA SRL together with the partners in the strategic project "Human resource, a valuable investment in Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 36694) is organizing a study visit to Greece, between November 14 and November 19, for transfer of experience and good practices regarding the diversification of the rural economy, promoting equal opportunities, protection of the environment and the cultural patrimony in the rural area. The objectives of this action are: collecting information on the spot, through visits at some of the main rural touristic destinations in North of Greece, learning about successful experiences in the field of rural tourism, as well as concluding partnerships with similar organizations from Greece. 

The romanian delegation to Greece includes representatives of the national partners involved in the implementation of the project "Human resource, a valuable investment in Romanian rural tourism!": RGIC Consultanta, ANTREC Romania, Cardinal Jobs, Euro-Link Consultants, ANTREC Neamt, ANTREC Bihor, ANTREC Brasov and Asociaţia de Turism Apuseni. The hosts of the Romanian delegation are the transnational partners within the project – GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) and ANCE (Athens Network of Collaborating Experts). 

The study visit is part of Activity 7.4: Study visit in an EU member state in order to transfer good practices and experiences regarding the diversification of the rural economy, promoting equal opportunities, protection of the environment and the cultural patrimony in the rural area within the project "Human resource, a valuable investment in Romanian rural tourism"! (ID 36694) co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) within the Human Resources Development Sectoral Operational Program (POSDRU). 

Mrs. Otilia Manta, the Project Manager, underlines the importance of the activity: "This study visit to Greece, like the others key activities of our project, contributes directly to the achievement of the objectives: the transfer of the know-how and good practices in the field of rural tourism in Greece, and the identifying of potential partners to join our consortium. It is a wonderful opportunity not only to learn first-hand about successful stories in rural tourism, but also to come in contact with professionals such as owners, entrepreneurs and experts in rural tourism, experience that will translate into partnership agreements. These partnerships will contribute to the continuity of the project during, but also after the official period of implementation and will help develop complementary activities. Moreover, our international partners will enhance the visibility of our project and of Romanian rural tourism. We believe that through this activity – 7.4: to transfer good practices and experiences regarding the diversification of the rural economy, promoting equal opportunities, protection of the environment and the cultural patrimony in the rural area – our transnational partners contribute to training professionals in the transfer of good practices in Greek rural tourism." 

 The project "Human resource, a valuable investment in Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 36694) is a strategic one, on multiregional level (North-West, West, South-Muntenia, Center and North-East of Romania). Implementation period is 36 months. In the frame of project, proposed target group consists in a total of 2030 people in rural areas from the regions North-West, West, South-Muntenia, Center and North-East, with an estimated minimum of 50% women.The general objective of the project vises the development of human resources in rural areas, regarding access and sustenable development in employment, in non agricultural activities, on a flexible and inclusive labour market. All the study visits in Greece have been organized in different seasons purposely because the aim was to identify solutions from Greece specific to each season, since rural tourism in Romania is well known to be seasonal. Thus, the objective was to identify models of best practice for niche tourism that can be successfully adopted in Romanian rural tourism, in order to provide high quality services throughout the year."