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Project #G.A.S.T.

Found your dream job?

Skilled workers are in great demand in the hotel and personnel-intensive hospitality industry. By joining forces, hoteliers & restaurateurs and the Verkehrsverein Schmallenberger Sauerland want to tackle the important future task of "securing skilled workers". This is exactly where the #G.A.S.T project comes in!

The aim of the 18-month project is to improve networking between stakeholders, increase employee satisfaction and retain skilled workers in the employer and the region in the long term.

Anika Strack

Poststraße 7,
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: 02972/9740-20
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Numerous benefits and discounts for tourism employees

The new TeamCard of the #G.A.S.T. project is available from 01.05.2022 for all tourism employees in the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe available.

All information about the TeamCard can be found on the website


Download area:

Application for the TeamCard!

Agreement for colleague discounts!

Win + Motivate + Retain


Employee recruitment the fundamental task of supplying the company with potentially high-quality employees as required.

Employee motivation

...refers to the company's influence on the employee to encourage him to improve or maintain his performance behavior and/or results.

Employee retention

...describes the degree of cohesion between the employee on the one hand and the company as a whole on the other.

Project modules


Press & News


Always up to date...

In the following section you will find current information and press releases about the #G.A.S.T. project and its current project components.

#G.A.S.T. further training database

Receiving new impetus and continuing their own professional and personal development is also of great interest to many employees. The aim of the project is therefore to improve training and further education opportunities. In recent weeks, existing offers have been collected and are now available in our event calendar. Registration takes place directly with the respective provider.

To the further training database


We rely on your help in order to be able to continue to expand the range in the future and thus offer a larger number of seminars for individual professionals. Would you like to report an upcoming event or free seminar places for an offer in your company? Do you have ideas and suggestions for further training measures? We would be delighted if you would send them to us. Please use the inquiry form below and send it completed to

Inquiry/admission form

#G.A.S.T. workshop series completed

An important goal of the #G.A.S.T. project is to sensitize tourism businesses to the issues of recruiting, motivating and retaining skilled workers. From February to June, five workshops were held to sensitize employers to the topic of "securing skilled workers in the long term" and to provide appropriate assistance in the implementation of innovative measures.

Press release Summary of the workshop series

Further training offers from external partners

There are also many offers from external partners in the area of further training. We would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce some of them and recommend them to you:


e.g. Handling complaints with confidence: 08.10.2019, DEHOGA Akademie NRW (Neuss)


DEHOGA Academy - e-learning portal "hogafit"

Learning independent of time and place.

DEHOGA Academy - e-learning portal "hogafit"

Kolping Education Consulting

Seminar offer with the following topics, among others: Exam preparation, etiquette seminars, complaint management, team building, special offers for the hotel and catering industry. All seminars are available on request.

Kolping Education Consulting


Project #G.A.S.T. invites school pupils to explore career fields

Recruiting young talent is a central theme of our project. It is important now to recruit the next generation for tomorrow and to attract young people to sound training in the hotel and catering industry. And so the #G.A.S.T. project, together with the project partners DEHOGA Schmallenberg and Schmallenberg Unternehmen Zukunft (SUZ) and the Rotary Club, the #G.A.S.T. project offered a very practical career Schmallenberg for the first time a very practical career exploration for pupils. In two school hours, they had the opportunity to experience and try out typical professional situations at three different "stations". This was made possible by the owners and trainers of Familotel Ebbinghof, the Hotel Deimann and the Hotel Rimberg. They were also on hand during the pilot event to answer questions and provide information about training opportunities at their hotels. Opportunities to complete an internship were also discussed and agreed directly on this occasion. We hope to be able to hold further exploration days in the future through cooperation between companies and schools in the region. The planning for this is underway. Pupils who would like to find out more about training opportunities or internships in the hotel and catering industry are welcome to contact the project office.

Press release: Gastro macht Schule

Follow-up report: Gastro macht Schule

Needs analysis/survey

A precise needs analysis should lay the foundation and determine the real wishes and expectations of employees and companies with regard to the project. In collaboration with the FH Südwestfalen we drew up a questionnaire for employers and employees in summer 2018, which was distributed to the companies.

We received numerous questionnaires by the beginning of September last year and they were evaluated at the university of applied sciences. Südwestfalen evaluated at the university. The detailed results report has already been completed and distributed to all companies and employees. The contents and findings are an important prerequisite for us to be able to continue the project in a needs-oriented and targeted manner.

Download results report...

Cooperation with the career platform

A framework agreement with our #G.A.S.T. project enables participating companies to use the careers portal and place job advertisements free of charge until the end of 2019 without having to pay any costs or enter into any contractual obligations. This is our response to the current need of our companies to recruit suitable personnel.
The offer with corresponding information on how to proceed was sent to our companies at the end of last year. If you would like to take advantage of this offer or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Gastro-Card & gastronomy experiences

The project is actively addressing the topic of "employee benefits" in the hotel and catering industry. We are currently clarifying the tax law requirements as to which benefits employers and other partners can make available to employees. The aim is to provide employees with various benefits within the industry by issuing an "employee card". The idea is to offer discounts on accommodation and F&B services at partner businesses in the region. In a second step, we would also like to supplement the card with services from leisure providers in the region.

Successful kick-off event for the #G.A.S.T. project on 12.07.2018

Around 50 guests, hoteliers, restaurateurs and employees alike, accepted the invitation to the launch event of the #G.A.S.T. project at Holz- und Touristikzentrum in Schmallenberg.

Press release on the launch event

Our #G.A.S.T. project was awarded the Sparkassen Tourism Prize Westfalen-Lippe 2018. We are delighted and would like to thank all our partners and sponsors for the successful project so far.

Press release on the Sparkassen Tourism Award

After 20 months of project duration, the #G.A.S.T. skilled worker project formally ended in December 2019. Here you will find a description of the initial situation and project objectives, all measures implemented in the project and a final evaluation as well as an outlook for the future.

Download final report...

Download press report...

Video about the #G.A.S.T. project

Our project clearly explained. The film was made as part of the nomination for the Sparkassen Tourism Award Westfalen-Lippe.


Dream job...

For students & interested parties

Are you interested in exciting challenges in a future-oriented industry?
Then an internship/apprenticeship in the hotel and catering industry is just right for you! Below you will find an overview of the individual training companies with the respective apprenticeships in the Schmallenberg Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe.

Overview of training companies

For employees

Are you looking for current vacancies in the region? Interested in exciting training and further education opportunities?
Then it's worth taking a look at the following selection!

Further information

Information on all aspects of the hotel and catering industry, retaining skilled workers and finding your dream job is provided by a large number of associations, organizations and institutions. You will find a selection of these below.

Federal Competence Center for Tourism

Karl-Scharfenberg-Str. 53
38229 Salzgitter
Phone: 05341 875 53400

Fair Job Hotels e.V.

Golfplatz 1
78166 Donaueschingen
Phone: 0771-84 -620/ -689
Fax: 0771-84595


Hammer Landstraße 45
41460 Neuss
Phone: 02131 7518-200
Fax: 02131 7518-201

Schmallenberg Unternehmen Zukunft e.V.

Oststr. 3
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: 02972 9611-52
Fax: 02972 9611-54
E-mail: info@Schmallenberg -unternehmen-zukunft .de
Website: www.Schmallenberg -unternehmen-zukunft .de

ontavio GmbH

Wigeystraße 12a
57368 Lennestadt
Phone: 02723 71888-800
Fax: 02723 71888-899

Ideas or wishes?

Bring it on!

We are always happy to receive fresh ideas and suggestions about our project. Where does the shoe pinch at work? What expectations do you have as an employee or employer? What is particularly important to you in the region? We have an open ear!

Submit an idea...

Project partners


Project sponsor: Verkehrsverein Schmallenberger Sauerland e.V.

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