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Submitted by: Maia Lordkipanidze, 11/06/2017
The project addresses rivers deltas in Europe and their potential to develop innovative activities aiming at utilization of local resources. The overall objective aims at improvement of policy instruments that enables to foster the capabilities of using deltas' ecosystem services for regional economic development, hence, strengthen economic development based on the use of local cultural and natural qualities.
Cooperation in the field of cultural heritage promotion policies using the ITI: Integrated Territorial Investments, the new policy Instrument proposed for the 2014 -2020.
Submitted by: Pinar Girti Gultekin, 30/12/2017
Submitted by: Katia Jiménez Losa, 03/05/2016
Improving knowledge on common historical heritage of 4 European countries sharing traces of Pre-roman cultures and people.
Submitted by: YURI PONZANI, 17/03/2019
UIA – Objectives Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the European Union that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. Key elements are: An Eligible Applicant is an urban authority of more than 50.000 inhabitants, or a grouping of urban authorities with a total population of a least 50.000 inhabitants, located in one of the EU Member States. However, given the complexity of the urban challenges, urban authorities can’t act alone. In order to design and implement effective and innovative solutions, they need to involve all the key stakeholders that can bring expertise and knowledge on the specific policy issue to be addressed. These include agencies, organizations, private sector, research institutions, NGOs. UIA co-finances 80% of project’s activities and can provide with up to EUR 5 million to projects thatare:Innovative (project that has never been implemented anywhere else in Europe
Submitted by: Isabelle Kahna, 10/04/2019
We have created a French association LES AILES DE VENISE to promote a new kind of tourism in cities overtouristed as Venice which is our first objective. The idea is to create a link between Tourists from abroad and Venice and Venetian's associations in a more collaborative way instead of an invasive way. Concrete collaborations between French associations who are working for their cities and Venetians ones could be an interesting way to redefine tourism and create links and actions between people for their own city or the city they are visiting. In a way could we not redefine the Future tourist as a Partner and not only a visitor of the city he visits.
Lead Partner: Kent County Council
Green Growth and Pilgrimage  -  The continued fragility of Europe’s economy means that growth and development policies often take precedence over environmental policies, threatening our cultural and natural heritage assets. The Green Pilgrimage (GP) project will show how growth and development policies can economically exploit AND protect natural and cultural heritage. Key to this is our focus on the power of pilgrimage- recognized today as one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry (UNWTO, 2015) with more than 300 million pilgrims every year. ‘Now is the time to harness the power and potential of religious tourism to make a positive difference in the world.’ United Nations World Tourism Organisation The Power of Pilgrimage  -  Ancient pilgrim routes such as The Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, report an annual 10% increase in numbers, particularly among non-religious. Harnessing this increased popularity to protect natural and cultural heritage is a common challenge faced by those responsible for Europe’s major pilgrimage routes. GP will show policy makers how to protect natural and cultural heritage whilst developing jobs and growth along pilgrim routes through developing low impact tourism, digitalization, pilgrim accommodation and strengthening local traditions. This reconnects pilgrims with their environment, landscape and culture. Policy Impact  -  Policy influence will increase pilgrimage across Europe through creating a greater awareness of its benefits. GP will hold exchanges and workshops on sustainable pilgrimage promotion, pilgramage tourism impact, environmental protection and European best practice. The Main Beneficiaries  -  The project will principally benefit: GovernmentLocal communities and businesses on Europe’s main pilgrim routesManagement groups safeguarding our natural and cultural assets. The project’s advisory partner, The European Green Pilgrimage Network, will ensure that the indirect beneficiaries of the project are: the major pilgrimage routes and destinations of Europe and working with the support of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the project’s findings will also benefit the diverse 33 certified Cultural Routes of Europe.
Lead Partner: Sviluppumbria Spa
The diversity of cultural heritage assets, whether tangible (museums, buildings, archaeological sites, archives) or intangible (such as cultural itineraries and events) is a cornerstone in European identity and a catalyst for social inclusion. It also plays a specific role in achieving the Europe 2020 strategy goals for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, given its relevance not only in culture, but also in social and economic development, cohesion, education, tourism and innovation. However, pressure applied by visitors and residents means that heritage professionals, institutions and stakeholders face growing challenges to keep cultural assets and the territory around them protected, enhanced and, at the same time, accessible to all. SHARE aims at exchanging experiences in cultural heritage policies in urban settings, in order to identify best practices and innovative methods to develop a sustainable and smart approach to its management and use. The project will target ways in which smart cities projects can be effectively improved by including a smart and sustainable agenda for cultural assets in urban centers. The project will review existing policy tools, European policy outlines and best practices and will include specific research to be carried out in each partner’s area. The result of the interregional exchange process, lasting 24 months during Phase 1 of the project, will be conveyed in 6 Action Plans that will indicate ways to successfully transfer of SHARE’s outputs into mainstream policies, with particular reference to 5 ERDF funds. The partners represent a variety of public bodies, agencies and academic centers coming from 7 countries across Europe dealing with cultural heritage and smart cities policies and will commit to effectively share results of the project with local stakeholders groups and the MAs and institutions implementing local policies, and to ensure monitoring of the Action Plans over the 2-year period Phase 2 of the project. SHARE PGI02343
Lead Partner: TUSCANY REGION - Economic and Tourism Promotion Department
Europe is the N.1 travel destination in the world today. Tourism is its 3rd economic activity, with 3.4 million enterprises, 12 million jobs and accounting for 9,7% of the GDP. The sector has proved resilient to the crisis with international tourist arrivals reaching 588 million in 2014 and a yearly increase of more than 4% in 2010-2015. On the other hand, the highest growth of tourism in recent years has been in non-EU areas. Americas registered +8%, and Asia and the Pacific +5% in 2014. The competition from alternative less expensive destinations is surging, and other world regions are likely to replace EU as the most visited area by 2030. To avoid receding, EU regions need to support the sector by helping tourism SMEs become more competitive and their offer more attractive. The diversification of the offer and the promotion of EU’s unique attractions should be made a major competitive advantage for EU tourism. The objective of the BRANDTOUR project is to improve the partners’ capacity to support tourism through the promotion, innovation and diversification of the offer. The project aims to provide better policy instruments to develop new customised tourism products that can satisfy emerging target groups, and favour inbound flows towards the EU. Through interregional cooperation the partners will develop better instruments to: - enhance the visibility and market uptake of known and less known destinations; - valorise attractions through better marketing, branding and communication; - innovate the offer by clustering tourism SMEs and products; - increase synergies between tourism private and public stakeholders; - deliver more customised packages by diversifying the offer; - leverage local value chains and excellence to develop thematic and experience-oriented tourism. These instruments will increase the ability of EU tourism SMEs to meet the challenges of the market, reduce seasonalization and maximise the economic potential of the sector.
Lead Partner: Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. (MDAT S.A.)
What is DESTI-SMART? DESTI-SMART is a project addressing challenges for efficient sustainable tourism and at the same time promotion of low-carbon ecconomy through sustainable mobility and accessibility. Public regional/local and transport authorities increasingly face such challenges, particularly at busy destinations with high tourism travel flows. The 9 project partners, representing mass tourism destinations in South Europe, emerging tourism destinations, coastal, maritime and insular ones, form an interregional working sceme promoting interregional cooperation for sustainable mobility, accessibility and low-carbon responsible travel, through capitalisation of best practices, improvement of regional/local policy instruments and preparation of action plans towards their emergence and recognition as 'Smart Destinations'. The partnership includes an advisory partner with specialisation in tourism mobility. The project is managed and coordinated by a Management and Coordination Unit of exeternal experts with substantial experience in management, sustainable tourism and transport planning. Overall objective of DESTI-SMART is to improve the transport and tourism policies of EU destinations, by integrating strategies for sustainable mobility, accessibility and responsible travel with efficient & sustainable tourism development, for transition to a low-carbon economy, through efficiency, resilience, multimodality, novel low-carbon transport systems, cycling & walking, with implementation innovations, policy learning and capacity building. Issue addressed Promoting Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility with low-carbon transport in tourism destinations is a theme that has not been given the emphasis that it deserves, particularly in busy destinations with high tourist flows at peak seasons. This is particularly the case in coastal, maritime and insular destinations of South Europe, where peak summer demand is greater and transport systems are often inadequate. Transport planning is usually geared to the normal travel demand of residents and businesses, with the special needs of tourists frequently overlooked, underestimated or given inadequate attention. Visitors, usually foreign, are not very familiar with the destination transport networks and language, but have to use the available facilities for their mobility. There is a large scope for shifting travel demand to low-carbon transport solutions in tourism, with significant quality of life, socioeconomic, environmental and climate action benefits. The increase in holiday travel, shortbreaks and day visits increases accessibility and mobility problems in destinations at different territorial levels (ie countries or regions, tourist districts or single resorts). There is a strong need for adequate policies at all levels. Instruments include passenger intermodality improvements, public transport, encouragement of environmentally friendly low-carbon tourism mobility, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) development and harmonization, Mobile Aplications, etc. Efficient transport policies have to consider the whole travel chain and be customer oriented, taking into account the needs of all tourists as well as residents.  In particular, the following pressing issues need to be addressed, through interregional cooperation with innovations towards a low-carbon economy in EU destinations:  A. Investments in and provision of low-carbon transport systems, with the needs of visitors explicitly taken into consideration, including internalisation and reduction of external costs of transport by mode shift to low-carbon  travel solutions and E-Mobility.  B. Interchange between long-distance travel and local transport services, including Intermodality facilities for visitors, multimodal connectivity improvements that would shift travel demand to low-carbon transport. C. Accessible tourism facilities for visitors with mobility difficulties (disabled, elderly, families with young children, etc). D. Cycling & Walking for Tourists, Cycling routes provision, Shared bikes, CycloTourism, integration of cycling in tourism mobility strategies, promoting ‘Greenways’. Europe 2020 growth strategy aims for the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. The project has clear and strong links, in terms of transport and tourism sustainability and it addresses four of the EU2020 objectives, on employment (policy instruments on Growth & Jobs), innovation (comprehensive novel tourism mobility solutions), social inclusion (through accessibility for all) and climate/energy (through low-carbon transport). Interreg Europe Priority Axis 3, Investment priority 4(e) promotes low-carbon strategies including sustainable multimodal mobility, with mitigation and adapatation measures. This covers all types of territories and tourism destinations must not be left out.