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Call for Proposals

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On 3 May 2013, the Call for Proposals “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” 70/G/ENT/CIP/13/B/N03S04 has been published, in the framework of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) by the European Commission, Directorate Service Industries.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) specifically supports activities aiming at fostering entrepreneurship culture and creating better framework conditions for Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) operating in EU. It also complies with the overall strategy of DG Enterprise and Industry (i.e. strengthening Europe’s industry, promoting innovation as means to generate jobs and meet societal needs, encouraging the creation and growth of small businesses and promoting an entrepreneurial culture), as well as with the main objectives as set out in the “Europe 2020”10 strategy.

 

The overall objectives of the current “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” call for proposals are the following:

- to support the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products contributing to the development and promotion of sustainable tourism in Europe by improving their visibility and market uptake;

- to contribute to the creation of an environment favourable to transnational co-operation among tourism related stakeholders with a particular emphasis on the SMEs.

 

The current “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” call for proposals aims at:

- strengthening trans-national cooperation, with regard to sustainable tourism;

- encouraging a higher involvement of small and micro enterprises and local authorities;

- stimulating competitiveness of the tourism industry by means of an enhanced focus on the diversification of sustainable tourism thematic products.

 

The current “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” call for proposals contributes to the implementation of the 2010 Commission Communication on Tourism and in particular to its actions aiming at promoting diversification of the supply of tourism products and services:

- action 1: to develop a coherent strategy for diversifying the promotion of tourist services and capitalize on Europe's common heritage;

- action 2: to encourage the integration into tourism strategies of 'natural' heritage.

 

The project proposal answering the current “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” call for proposals shall target the following general expected results:

- better market visibility of attractive and sustainable European transnational thematic tourism offer;

- development of comprehensive and practical information on the product for potential tourists;

- development of concrete tourist offers/packages;

- facilitating and stimulating public-private partnerships and the integration of enterprises, in particular micro and small, of the tourism sector in the supply chain of transnational thematic tourism products as well as into regional development and tourism promotional strategies;

- diversification and contribution to the development of sustainable tourism offer in Europe;

- contribution to sustainable development, growth (increase in tourism flows) and employment in the tourism sector.

 

The total budget available for this call within the EIP Programme  amounts to 1.000.000,00 €. The European financial contribution cannot exceed 75% of the total eligible costs. 

 

The deadline for submitting proposals in the framework of the current “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” call for proposals is 3 July 2013.

 

Further information on the current “Supporting the enhancement and promotion of sustainable transnational thematic tourism products” call for proposals is available on the European Commission’s web site at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/call_CIP;efp7_SESSION_ID=qrjBRkLQdZpXX36vZQShcL5G5C3NkvddYqljvwplVpRtTf1Qy0dc!224531661?callIdentifier=70-G-ENT-CIP-13-B-N03S04

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