Centre of Expertise Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality
Centre of Expertise Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality (CELTH) is focussed on developing and distributing knowledge regarding leisure, tourism and hospitality, making sure this domain will become even more capable of boosting the sustainable social and economic development of Dutch society.
The Ministries of Education and Social Affairs are currently investing in Centres of Expertise: extensive collaborations between colleges and the business community, with the aim of making the Higher Vocational Education knowledge more easily accessible in the work field. The three colleges, NHTV, HZ and Stenden, have taken the initiative to launch a Centre of Expertise for leisure, tourism & hospitality. This initiative has been rewarded with an allocation of funds by the Ministry of Education.
The three colleges are naturally very proud of this fact, as they form part of the only Centre of Expertise in the domain of leisure, tourism & hospitality. Plus it’s also a recognition of the many existing knowledge activities in the work field.
Work field parties
The three colleges have been working on the elaboration of their plans for this Centre of Expertise since the beginning of 2013 and now the CELTH (Centre of Expertise Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality) is ready to start. The three colleges will be extensively expanding the existing collaborations with the work field parties; this will include more collaborations with entrepreneurs, government authorities and social organisations, both in the field of leisure, tourism and hospitality and beyond. This will result in close collaborations with universities in Wageningen, Tilburg and Groningen, building on the existing joint activities in the field of education and research.
CELTH is focussed on developing and distributing knowledge regarding leisure, tourism and hospitality, making sure this domain will become even more capable of boosting the sustainable social and economic development of Dutch society. So what kind of knowledge is required? Based on various different sector visions, future agendas and discussions with all sorts of involved parties, we have come to the conclusion there is a need for the following subjects:
- (future) consumer behaviour
- new business models and value creation
- product and destination development in a complex environment
- sustainable development and entrepreneurship within the hospitality industry
And this need for knowledge can be fulfilled in several different ways: by conducting scientific research into a specific issue or by applying knowledge in practical research with and for the work field. But also by transferring this knowledge even more effectively via education, in our courses for students, but also in special customised education for professionals out in the work field. And it goes without saying we would like to optimally share all of this knowledge, via a variety of different publications and meetings for the work field.
For more information please visit the CELTH website.