The purpose of this study is to address one of the main issues in Russia’s efforts to enhance tourism competitiveness: to educate a qualified workforce at the university level.
A survey of tourism professionals was conducted to assess importance and performance toward a set of hospitality- and tourism management-related skills and competences. An importance-performance analysis was performed to identify relative strengths and weaknesses.
Russian professionals need improved competences with respect to sustainable management, marketing and research skills.
The study is limited to surveying professionals in the western part of Russia (St Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnodar and Sochi). Nevertheless, its implications for curriculum reform and development should be considered in the whole country.
The study identifies specific areas for Russian universities to address and focus on in their curriculum reform and development efforts.
Better education at universities enhances students’ employability at the time that supports tourism firms to perform better. Both together help to boost tourism destination competitiveness and sustainability, favoring progress and socio-economic development.
Few studies have addressed human resource development in Russia. This study investigates the need for developing skills and competences in hospitality and tourism in Russia. This country has a significant potential for tourism development. Other countries with a developing tourism sector should benefit from the results of this study.
This study was conducted, in part, with the support of the European Union (EACEA) through a TEMPUS grant awarded for project NETOUR (Network for Excellence in Tourism through Organizations and Universities in Russia), which involved 16 partners from Europe and Russia and which investigated tourism development in Russia. Project number: 530529-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-ES-TEMPUS-JPCR (2012-3110/0001-001). www.netour.eu.
Andrades, L. and Dimanche, F. (2019), "Destination competitiveness in Russia: tourism professionals’ skills and competences", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 910-930. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-11-2017-0769Download as .RIS
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