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

The numbers of arrivals and overnight stay (of domestic and foreign tourists) in Gran Paradiso area has increased.
FGP also contributes to improve public transport efficiency facilitating the connections in the area.
FGP helps in creating the right conditions for tourist development. It always works between past and future with the aim of stimulating local stakeholders in an innovative way and experimenting new ways of development and methods to promote local heritage as a system.

Potential for learning or transfer

FGP itself is an excellent example of DMO, involving local stakeholders and having 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 creates favorable conditions for these businesses to grow by providing means of "collaboration business" leading to a better competitiveness of the destination.
It improves visitor reception capacity through training courses for local operators;
It increases local cultural offer through events, laboratories, .. involving local operators too;
it manages a network of sites and activities that improve local economy and communication activities to promote tourist destination.
FGP can be considered an experimental laboratory that could be a source of inspiration and give suggestions to partners thanks to its integrated approach to activities and services.
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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