Between 7-13th of October 2019. a group of tourism students from the University of Macerata in Italy and wine professionals from the region visited Veszprém, where students from the University of Pannonia joined.
During the professional study tour of The Wine Lab the participants – 30 people – could attend lectures on tourism in the region, such as the insights into Veszprém 2023, the international and domestic trends of gastronomic tourism, the work of the Balaton Development Council, the Balaton World Heritage location, and the role of local values and communities.
The participants visited several sites during the week. At Nemesvámos they were introduced to the production of pumpkin seed oil and cheese. In addition to visiting wineries related to wine tourism – Balatonfüred and Badacsony – the group visited the Faculty of Georgikon of the University of Pannonia and several cultural attractions.
The study tour in a great atmosphere provided a great opportunity for students and professionals interested in the topic to expand their knowledge and develop new relationships and collaborations.
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The wine sector is present at many levels in the socio-economic life of Europe: wineries determine the lifestyle, socio-economic and natural environment of the people concerned.
The main objective of The Wine Lab, funded by Erasmus+ between 2017 and 2019, is to promote collaboration and networking between practice and research – wineries and universities – with the active involvement of stakeholders, thereby supporting knowledge sharing, challenges and responses to them; and innovation in the wine sector.
The project is carried out in cooperation with partners from Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Austria; From Hungary, the University of Pannonia and the Koczor Winery are members of the consortium.
More information: www.thewinelab.eu
In connection with the subject of Service Quality Management on 27th September we visited Manor House Inn with my classmates on tourism management course with the leading of our teacher, Gyöngyi Hajmásy.
We were glad of this possibility and we would like to thank the owner of the accommodation for having greeted us kindly. Csopak is one of the most beautiful villages around Lake Balaton where the Villa is situated. This kind of accommodation that they offer to the tourists seemed to me as a „paradise” for those who would like to relax and just to feel the tranquility and the quietness of the place. When we entered the house the owner immediately welcomed us and the friendly atmosphere provided a homey feeling.
In the lobby of the main building we settled down comfortably in sofas and armchairs with a cup of coffee or tea in our hands and the proprietor presented the story of their enterprise and the whole operation of the House. Then they showed us around the accommodation and we visited the three guesthouses and every type of rooms as well. The garden offers several possibilities for outdoor activities and we can find a playground and other games for the children. For adults they built an outdoor wine bar where the guests can relax in deckchairs and taste different kinds of wine produced by the region’s best vineyards.
It was a pleasure to experience the operation of a tourism service in real life and we could develop and extend our theoretical knowledge with the practical implications. Furthermore it was very positive that the owner answered our questions and welcomed our comments and recommendations kindly.
Written by: Vivien Kovács, Tourism Management (MA)