Despite travel restrictions due to COVID19 crisis, BEST MED project partners met virtually on 3 December for the 3rd Project Steering Committee to discuss the progress of the activities in this challenging time.

The Lead Partner, the Andalusian Public Foundation El legado andalusí, opened the meeting by providing a general overview of ongoing activities that are progressing quite smoothly, even in this situation of public health crisis.

After the Leader's presentation Ms. Francesca Marcato (Project Officer) gave some updates on Interreg MED Programme next steps, specially the preparation of the next Programming Period 2021-2027. Key documents and policy papers have been published on the Programme website, she said.

Lazio Region then presented the advancements of the study activities and in particular the achieved actitivities of Work Package 3:

- Deliverable 3.1.1: Diagnosis - State of the art on collection and management of tourism data.

- Deliverable 3.1.2: Comparative analysis – Capitalization of existing experiences, tools and best practices on data collection and management.

These reports has been developed by the Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST, University of Bologna) as external expert of Regione Lazio project partner. The Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor (Slovenia) contributed with background research and documents that have been included in the Mediterranean Tourism Observatories paragraph.

Ms. Cláudia Ribeiro de Almeida, University of Algarve, informed that they are coordinating the upcoming testing activities that were presented in the second part of the SC meeting. Specific testing seminars and 1-day Living Lab will be organised in the pilot areas to test the MED Sustainable Cultural Routes Model developed in the previous phase.

Mr. Josep Rodríguez (DIBA-Barcelona Provincial Council) closed the meeting with a presentation of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community and its aims to develop sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean area by enhancing the attractiveness and the tourism offer, by addressing tourism pressures and strengthening planning and management practices. The Community, gathering 24 projects and 207 partners, focus on transfer and capitalization's of projects results and policy recommendations.