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Epic Stays

About the Project

Welcome to Epic Stays, where our passion for transformative travel experiences meets the pressing need for innovative solutions in Europe's accommodation landscape. In the heart of bustling cities and amidst the tranquillity of remote landscapes, a crisis looms over European accommodations. From Reykjavik to Rome, concerns mount as traditional options struggle to meet the evolving demands of tourists. But here’s where Epic Stays steps in.


Project Description

Epic Stays – Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Alternative Accommodation

A Shared European Vision: Inspired by the Need for Tourism Accommodation and Rural Tourism Regeneration

Epic Stays is more than just a project; it’s a partnership fuelled by a shared vision. Inspired by insights from global leading organisations like the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a European collaboration, we are on a mission to redefine tourism accommodation. We aim to bridge the shortage of tourism accommodations across Europe and the need for rural tourism development and regeneration. We believe that tourists deserve more than just one kind of place to stay, they deserve choice and variance — they deserve an unforgettable stay tailored to their unique tastes, dream stays and interests.

Empowering Tourism Accommodation Businesses in a New Era

Epic Stays is aptly timely as we navigate the future of tourism, particularly now and in the next decade. It will empower tourism accommodation businesses with the agility, tools, resources, and acumen needed to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape. From the picturesque hills of Italy to the windswept shores of Iceland, Europe is fostering a new era of accommodation that demands us to embrace authenticity, regenerative and environmental principles, and sustainability.

But our ambitions extend beyond mere lodgings, Epic Stays offers an edge of inspiration, authenticity, and that WOW factor. Our stakeholders are already pioneering change and actively reshaping the very fabric of European tourism accommodation. We celebrate this and intend to share their learned best practice and showcase their ambitions and signature achievements. Through innovative approaches like the “albergo diffuso” model in Italy’, Ireland’s ‘tree houses’, the Netherlands ‘barge boats’ and Iceland’s ‘cave houses’ we will endeavour to develop a dedicated VET Vocational Education and Training program. Such initiatives will pave the way for newcomers and enhance existing initiatives propelling tourism accommodation into a more resilient future.

Equipping the Alternative Accommodation Tourism Sector with Needed Sustainability Resources in a Thriving Niche Market

Epic Stays resources are designed to innovate the existing and future alternative tourism accommodation by focusing on the following key educational areas.

Resource 1 Compendium:

Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Alternative Accommodation in Europe

Resource 2 Online Curriculum and VET Course:

Empowering Education and Bridging Skills Gaps for Sustainable Alternative Accommodation SMEs.

Resource 3 Conference, Events and Workshops

Capacity Building for Sustainable Alternative Tourism Education

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