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First  CoLead Pilot Training Programme Sucessfully Held in Sofia, Bulgaria


The first CoLead pilot training programme was hosted by the Bulgaria Economic Forum between 31st October and 4th November 2016 in Sofia. 


Co-operation for Leadership in Tourism (CoLead) is a European project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission working in partnership with the Institute for Tourism Travel and Culture at the University of Malta (Lead Partner), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jlag, INTASAVE and the Bulgaria Economic Forum.


Launched in 2016 CoLead aims to  implement the Project Management for Sustainable Development (PM​4SD) methodology as a blended learning capacity building tool that will train and empower professionals, civil servants and trainers with appropriate management skills and expertise to design and deliver transformative sustainable tourism projects (CoLead, 2016).​​ 


The implementation of the project is based upon two five day  ‘pilot training programmes’ using The  PM4SD training structure. The first in Sofia Bulgaria and the second in Cardiff Wales UK planned for April 2017. 


Through  the online platform including timetabled lectures, case studies and small group interaction, the pilot training aims to build management capacity and management skills to enhance future contributions for tourism sustainability.


In addition the training aims to provide both the knowledge and understanding to work effectively within a project management team to successfully deliver a sustainable tourism projects and in turn allow participants to apply and understand the application and use of PM4SD in project management.


The pictures show sixteen tourism professionals from Bulgaria, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ecuador, Peru and The Netherlands who took part in this first training event.


Professor Jones (Lead Partner) from the Institute for Tourism Travel and Culture at the University of Malta commented that the first training event led by Silvia Barbone and Susy Karammel of Jlag was a very fulfiling week of training activities which where not only professionally challenging and engaging but also provided a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and practices amongst the diverse international group of tourism professionals who participated in the event.


Professor Jones also added that the training sessions allowed enjoyable interaction between a diverse international group which he hopes will continue and develop.


In this respect he hopes the online platform will now provide additional opportunities for these professionals to continue interaction and dialogue as well as facilitating the continuation of their studies.


The training sessions in Bulgaria were received well by all the participants, many of which would like to continue to the next stage of the CoLead training planned in Cardiff for April 2017.


Anyone interested in the project can find more details here and here






Training Activities

Registration is now open for the special edition of the PM4SD Foundation training course in Sofia (Bulgaria). This PM4SD Foundation training course is facilitated through the Erasmus+ project CoLeadTourism and takes place from the 31st of October – 4th of November 2016.


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get your skills certified, only 15 places available. In order to register, please also send us your CV together with the motivation letter and the completed application form until the 18th of September 2016 to:


Here you will find the following three documents including all information on this PM4SD training course:

  1. Informative Note
  2. Application Form
  3. Practical Info Sheet

In case of questions please contact

For logistic details, please contact Bulagaria Economic Forum at


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The project Co-operating for Leadership in Tourism (Co-Lead Tourism) was officially launched on 19 February in Malta.


The project is aiming to develop and test capacity building trainings and tools to train team of professionals and trainers with appropriate skills and expertise who can directly assist destinations and enterprises to support their strategies, plans and actions for their sustainable tourism growth.


Bulgaria Economic Forum is collaborating with the University of Malta, Cardiff Metropolitan University and UK organisations JLAG and Intasave. Under the project, BEF will transfer the knowledge from the partners in the field of project management for sustainable development and leadership in tourism.


A training course for project management for sustainable development in tourism will be held at the end of November 2016 in Bulgaria. The course will end with certification exam. The training is open for participation to all interested stakeholders.


Co-Lead in Tourism is funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union.