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Student research experiences in Sayausí and Migüir

The students of the pilot course 2 (research-based learning) of the seventh semester of the tourism career carried out some data collection activities in Sayausí and Migüir during the last weekend.

The students went to the Sayausí parish where they were received by the members of Sayausí Rural Tourism to collect qualitative data and verify the tourist services of the place. First, they visited the Cantana brewery where they were shown the process of making this craft beer. Secondly, the students went on a horseback ride from the parish centre to the upper part of Sayausí. On the way, they spoke with some members of the tourism initiative that has been developed in this area. The students arrived at a new viewpoint in the parish and then returned to the lower part where they took a break with refreshments.

Afterwards, the students moved on to the community of Migüir. Then, they visited and tasted the gastronomic offer of the Prado Brothers. Here they interviewed the owners of the site. Then, a group of students visited some restaurants located in this locality to conduct interviews. Another group of students visited the Luzpa Lagoon.

Data collected at these sites will be used for the elaboration of their final projects. Likewise, students who are working on their degree thesis on sustainability and gender also participated in this activity.

These activities will serve to achieve the objectives of the PREIT-tour platform. This platform has been working in the framework of the project: Fostering a platform for research-based education to support sustainable development through Tourism in the Cajas Massif Biosphere Area (CMBA), developed by the Faculty of Hospitality Sciences of the University of Cuenca and the Division of Geography of KU Leuven with the support of the VLIR-UOS programme of the Belgian government.

Photo credits: PREIT-tour

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