What we do

BEST MED will work based on the following strategies: availability and strategic use of necessary data and information, involvement and empowerment of local community, monitoring and measuring plan, and Integrated and diversified offer for the redistribution of tourists.

The Leader Partner (Andalusian Public Foundation El legado andalusí) is responsable for Work Packages 1 & 2 Management and Communication.

The project is divided into four phases:

Studying. The objective is to develop a framework of knowledge about main project’s goals through: - base information for a network of tourism observatories; - information needed to develop a MED Sustainable Path and Cultural Routes Model (MED S&C Path) on the example of the Mitomed+ project “Green Beach Model”, and of other MED projects. This WP will start with a general study on how to implement and coordinate data collection and management through a standardised and commonly recognised system as a base for networking activity on Tourism Observatories, and will follow with a study (Diagnosis, Comparative Analysis and Stakeholders analysis) about compatibility, quality and accessibility of sustainable tourism data and indicators. This study will lead to a common discussion on standardised system of collection, processing and integration of data. The study will examine existing methodological approaches on tourism data and tourism observatories, and analyze previous experiences on tourism data knowledge, finding gaps and needs in data collection management and pinpointing the main results and suggestions from the previous MED projects.

Partner responsible: Lazio Region

Testing. Through this WP is intended to test the suitability of the new approach for the promotion of MED Sustainable Path and Cultural Routes Model (MED S&C Path) inter-destinations to fortress the de-seasonalisation, adoption of measures against depopulation, promotion of traditions, intangible heritage and local heritage, promotion of employment. With the pilot actions developed in different regions of the participating partners, an initial, formative and summative evaluations of the process will be carried out, in order to obtain the results that allow, from a participatory process, to design a new joint governance plan.

Partner responsible: University of Algarve - School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism

Transferring. The main goal of the transferring activities framework will be to ensure that the conclusions/suggestions of the previous WPs will be used/applied in the most beneficial way by all partners and particularly at all involved areas/regions of the project. During this phase the project will be focused to inform and support the project development: to communicate the theme and the phases of the project; to sensitise target audience on the topic matter; to inform/educate the community about the acquired knowledge and research results; to engage and get feedback and to promote the results achieved.

Partner responsible: Ministry of Tourism of Greece

Capitalising. Support and coordinate the sharing of knowledge & good practices in the Med area in relation to sustainable tourism as well as promote agreements among relevant institutions & stakeholders, to ensure long-term political support, financing resources, public-private cooperation. A policy paper proposing improvements of regional policies in sustainability will be produced and a final capitalisation conference organised, ideally in coordination with PANORAMED ongoing relevant HPs, and other Med level existing cooperation networks & initiatives (WestMED, EUSAIR, BlueMed), Eurostat, national statistical institutes, national, regional, local tourism actors (public-private sector). This will contribute to establishing a formal “MED Network of Tourism Observatories (MED-NTO)” that will serve as coordination tool to share consistent and complete data on sustainable tourism in the Med area in the future.

Partner responsible:Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR)