Beyond European Sustainable Tourism MED


This autumn is full of interesting opportunities to promote our common stance on a more sustainable and resilient Tourism sector. The Sustainable Tourism Community will present some of the tools and...

Cooperation beyond borders: this year, Interreg celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the Interreg community is proud to share some of its most significant accomplishments.

Two new strategic projects on Innovation join the “Governance” (Axis 4) priority of investment of the Programme. The projects were approved on the 21st of July, by the Monitoring committee.

BEST MED - (Beyond European Sustainable Tourism MED Path)

BEST MED project is being implemented in nine Mediterranean countries (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Montenegro) with the general objective of enhancing Mediterranean Governance, being the main challenges to fight against seasonality and lack of effective cooperation among main tourism actors, including the citizen active participation on the policies design. It aims to have a new integrated and sustainable touristic planning aiming at the mitigation of seasonality in the MED area.

BEST MED will follow a strategy of previous approaches and outputs, testing an updated toolkit of data and indicators, contributing to the design of a new Green model (MED S&C Path), focusing on integration of tourism planning into wider development strategies, together with mobilizing key players both at local and specifically at transnational level, creating synergies across MED countries and promoting the awareness of the MED area. The total EU Funds of the Project is 2.999.774 euros. It was approved in October 2019.


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Tourism in the Global Development Agenda: The future we want Rio+20 outcome document

"Sustainable tourism is highlighted in the final outcome document of Rio+20 as a thematic area and a cross-sectorial issue within the framework for action and follow-up.

130. We emphasize that well-designed and managed tourism can make a significant contribution to the three dimensions of sustainable development, has close linkages to other sectors, and can create decent jobs and generate trade opportunities (…)

131. We encourage the promotion of investment in sustainable tourism, including eco-tourism and cultural tourism, which may include creating small and medium sized enterprises and facilitating access to finance, including through microcredit initiatives for the poor, indigenous peoples and local communities in areas with high eco-tourism potential (…)"