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Sectors: Tourism

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Banks, Civil Society Organisations, Corporations, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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WE Funding – COSME – Strengthen…
Funds for: strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the tourism sector
Main beneficiaries: non-profit organisations, chambers of commerce and industry, training and educational institutions

Responsible: European commission


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Funds for: strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the tourism sector
Main beneficiaries: non-profit organisations, chambers of commerce and industry, training and educational institutions

Priorities and funded actions:

* To boost sustainable tourism development and capacity of tourism SMEs through transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer;
* To develop and put in place transnational and cross-sectoral support schemes to build capacity for sustainable growth of SMEs in the tourism sector

* To foster SMEs’ capacities and skills to explore and uptake solutions, which would improve their sustainable management and tourism sustainability in general;
* To address training and business needs that tourism SMEs require to adapt to trends, challenges and opportunities that come along with industrial change, including transformation to climate neutral industry and the transition to circular economy;
* To test innovative models of managing tourism services in a socially sustainable manner;
* To facilitate and reinforce transnational cross-sectoral collaboration amongst target tourism SMEs and operators from different sectors (e.g.: providers of sustainable solutions, recycling centres, environmental education centres, social economy associations, professional associations);
* To contribute to the implementation of existing, relevant EU/national/regional strategies and/or certification schemes linked to sustainable tourism and to sustainable development

Among financed actions
* Boosting skills and knowledge transfer activities:
– Mapping of innovative initiatives, guidelines, good practices, main players, providers of sustainable solutions, relevant opportunities for tourism sector SMEs to become more sustainable;
– Supporting transnational cooperation with the view to facilitating knowledge transfer between companies lagging and peer to peer learning for SMEs and start-ups in the tourism sector
* Implementing technical support activities related to incubation, acceleration and scaling-up of tourism SMEs
– Implementing support schemes for tourism SMEs and start-ups to build their capacity, to accompany them for a period necessary for them to learn and adapt to new sustainable solutions;
– Enhancing cross-sectoral cooperation to support innovative solutions for sustainable tourism (e.g. between tourism SMEs and innovation or technologies providers);
– Implementing activities incentivising tourism SMEs in improving sustainable management and finding innovative solutions, developing new products, services, skills and new business models;
– Reporting on growth, scaling-up and improvement in sustainable management of tourism SMEs involved

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 25 and 36 months

* Eligibility:
– Be fully or partly public or private bodies;
– Be legal persons forming a consortium;
– Be established in EU Member States or in countries participating in the COSME programme;
– Be one of the following type of types of legal persons (non-exhaustive list):
> non-profit organisations (private or public);
> non-governmental organisations;
> public authorities and their networks or associations at European, international, national, regional and local level, or organisations acting on behalf of a public authority, responsible for or active in the fields of tourism, economic affairs, industry, business support or related fields;
> international organisations;
> private and profit making entities including micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) active in tourism and business support;
> chambers of commerce and industry;
> training and educational institutions, including universities and research centres active in tourism and business support
– The consortium must gather a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 members/partners – different legal persons – covering at least 5 eligible countries