Aims & Objectives
The HERCULES project pilots an innovative education and community development approach to empower communities to develop sustainable cultural tourism products built on a ‘Sense of Place’ defined as; embracing the distinctive sights, sounds and experiences rooted in a country, including the unique and memorable qualities that resonate with local people and visitors alike (Welsh Government).
HERCULES combines training and community capacity building with a cross-border regional social network to create new sustainable tourism business opportunities and jobs.
- Conduct sense of place research in cross-border region to identify assets and growth areas;
- Pilot an online sense of place and associated media training programme targeted at communities, tourism related SME’s and entrepreneurs;
- Create a sustainable online sense of place social network;
- Unite community/ SME tourism/ public sectors within the project and social network.
By developing the sense of place concept into a practical training toolkit with an associated social network, it is intended this pilot will kick-start a process of creating a recognisable tourism brand of specific benefit to communities in the cross-border region, by achieving the following:
- Establishing cross-border cultural links;
- Identification of new sustainable tourism/ social enterprise business opportunities;
- Providing lifelong learning and skills development for communities;
- Community regeneration through sustainable cultural tourism and job creation.
|Partner||ERDF (€)||Total Project Budget (€)|
|Trinity University College Carmarthen LP||255,652||340,942|
|Dunhill Rural Enterprises Ltd.||139,080||185,468|
Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:
Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:
|Louise Emanuel -||University of Wales Trinity St. David, Carmarthen 3A31 3EP WALESemail@example.com|
|Samantha Richardson -||Dunhill Rural Enterprises Ltd., Dunhill Ecopark, Ballyphilip, Co. Waterford, IRELANDfirstname.lastname@example.org|