Fondation Grand Paradis aims at enhancing and conveying the natural and cultural peculiarities of the Aosta Valley side of the Gran Paradiso National Park.
FGP is a public body set up in 1998 by a regional law and is composed of the following shareholders:
- Aosta Valley Autonomous Region
- Gran Paradiso National Park
- Grand Paradis Mountain Community
- 7 Municipalities on the Aosta Valley side of the Gran Paradiso National Park: Aymavilles, Cogne, Introd, Rhêmes-Saint-Georges Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, Valsavarenche, Villeneuve

It has the following political and executive bodies:
- President and vice President
- Board of Directors
- Executive Committee
- Comptroller
- Director
- Staff (approx. 20 people in summer & 10 people in winter)

FGP aims at developing sustainable tourism within the Gran Paradiso NP, in the Aosta Valley.
FGP challenge is based on the following objectives:
- moving to the future by keeping its roots;
- creating value and ensure a competitive advantage;
- showing that the Park is not a limit, but an opportunity for local development;
- going beyond the synergic combination of interest potentially opposed: protection versus enjoyment;
- considering protected areas places of excellence between sustainability and competitiveness.

FGP manages:
- visitor centers, botanical garden & cultural sites;
- park tourist information service;
- EU & national projects;
- services & infrastructures (Wi-Fi hotspots, bike sharing stations, building & trails restoration, info points);
- the organization of event such as the Gran Paradiso Film Festival

Resources needed

The budget of FGP is composed by the annual contribution of each shareholders, by agreements with different stakeholders and by the European and national projects funding activities.
To carry out its business activities, FGP counts on 12 permanent employees who become approx. 25 in summer.

Evidence of success

Over the years, the numbers of arrivals and overnight stay in the Gran Paradiso area has been increasing. This data increases both for domestic and for foreign tourists.
2013: 147.084
2014: 128.846
2015: 161.649
2016: 175.971
2013: 398.205
2014: 401.129
2015: 437.042
2016: 449.790
Fondation Grand Paradis, as a DMO, helps in creating the right conditions for tourist development in the area.

Potential for learning or transfer

FGP itself is an excellent example of Destination Management Organisation because it involves local stakeholders and has strong relations with private operators.

It is at the root of many initiatives which improved considerably the competitiveness of the destination and had a very positive impact on local SMEs. It created the favourable conditions for these businesses to grow by providing means of "collaboration business" leading to a better competitiveness of the destination.

FGP can be considered an experimental laboratory: its organization, mission and methods could be a source of inspiration and could give some suggestions to partners thanks to its integrated approach to activities and services.
It always works between the past and the future with the aim of stimulating local stakeholders in an innovative way and experimenting new ways of development and new methods to promote local heritage as a system.

FGP assembled the puzzle of an integrated strategy.
Main institution
Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
April 1998
End Date


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