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ERIC Number: ED455365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 114
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-92-896-0049-7
ISSN: ISSN-1562-6180
Mobility in the European Tourism Sector: The Role of Transparency and Recognition of Vocational Qualifications. CEDEFOP Panorama Series.
Richards, Greg
The extent of cross-border mobility in the tourism sector of the European Union (EU) was examined, along with its relationship to the transparency and recognition of qualifications. The study focused on the current and historical levels of mobility in the tourism industry, policies on transparency and recognition of qualifications, and existing and desired European qualification standards in tourism. The following were among the key findings: (1) levels of labor mobility in the tourism industry vary widely by industrial sector and EU member state; (2) labor mobility in the sector has increased twofold to threefold in recent decades; (3) an estimated 12% of the EU's tourism labor force consists of foreign workers; (4) because of the tendency to recruit staff at lower levels, many migrants are recruited on the basis of personal qualities and experience rather than formal qualifications; (5) few policies on transparency and recognition of qualifications exist; and (6) pressure to develop European standards for tourism qualifications is relatively low. Nine recommendations are presented. (Nineteen tables and 41 references are included. A case study of labor mobility in the hotel and catering sector in Dublin, Ireland, and statistics regarding overseas staff employed by United Kingdom tour operators are appended.) (MN)
CEDEFOP, P.O. Box 22427, GR-551 02 Thessaloniki, Greece (#EN5110). Tel: 30 31 490 111, Fax: 30 31 490 020, e-mail: For full text: /5110/5110en.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers - Location: European Union; United Kingdom