Despite the good epidemiological results of the first wave of CoViD-19, the Region of Crete, realized the need for a “Mega Project” for the proper preparation of all tourism stakeholders. Contributing to this planning was the fact that more than 50% of potential visitors stated that their decision to travel in 2020 would rely heavily on the National and Regional Policy, as well as on the safety measures at the destination in general.
Thus, within the framework of its integrated strategy for the support of tourism, this particular year, the Region of Crete has collaborated with all stakeholders, with the aim of educating entrepreneurs and employees and mitigating the effects of the CoViD-19 pandemic.
With this in mind, and in collaboration with the Medical School of the University of Crete, it has implemented a pioneering educational program, a Mega Project which has covered the needs of thousands of employees in the tourism industry.
The training has been implemented via an online platform including a combination of online training (4 teaching days and 10 hours of online attendance) and of asynchronous training - access to the educational material that was posted and is still available online on the Website of the Region of Crete, with the objective of its continuous review https://www.crete.gov.gr/covid19/
The program was implemented in (5) cycles. Event Dates:
09-12.06, 16-19.06, 23-26.06, 30.06-03.07 and 07.07-10.07.2020.
The trainees had registered for their participation exclusively online, via the website of the Region of Crete, with no submission of any documents whatsoever, only using their personal VAT number or the VAT number of their organization. Subsequently, they were informed about the date and time of the seminar of the cycle in which they would participate through a relevant participation code sent to their email. Apart from a browser, no other software was required for someone to attend the training program.
Training Certification: Upon completion of the training, each trainee was examined via the platform with the use of the exclusive code (examination based on multiple choice questions), in order to receive a certificate of attendance from the Centre for Training and Lifelong Learning of the University of Crete. The certification was attained if the trainee had attended at least 80% of the time of the presentations (the system recorded the participation hours of the trainees), if the trainee had answered correctly at least 50% of the 30 questions included in the examination, 20 horizontal questions from the database and another 10 by random selection from the database concerning the specialization stated by the trainee during registration. In addition to all the above innovations, the platform also had the ability to produce the certificate, both in Greek and English, according to the personal data of the trainee.