With €40 billion economic impact and 6 milions passengers, cruise tourism plays a key role in Europe and especially in the MED area. As cruise tourism grows, the challenge is to exploit its full potential in a sustainable and responsible way.
To contribute in addressing this challenge, the SIROCCO project, funded by the Interreg Med Programme and part of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community, formulated:
- a Sustainable Cruise Tourism Joint Action Plan and
- Recommendations for Interregional Strategy Coordination regarding cruise tourism
The project team would like to invite all cruise tourism stakeholders of the Mediterranean basin in an e-consultation process of the above documents. The main goals of the e-consultation are:
a. To gather stakeholder feedback in order to assess them against the following criteria:
- do the priorities of the Action Plan reflect the areas in which there is the most need for action in achieving a more sustainable and responsible cruise tourism in the MED?
- to what extent can the Action Plan contribute to its objectives?
- do the recommendation for Interregional Strategy Coordination reflect the policies in which there is the most need for action in catching a more sustainable and responsible cruise tourism in the MED?
- To what extent do these Recommendations can contribute to reach their objectives?
b. To seek views on the issues that may need to be revised and reanalysed
Below you can find the links containing the two documents to be subjected to the e-consultation and also the questionnaires to be used.
Created in November 2016 within the framework of the Interreg MED Programme, the MED Sustainable Tourism Community gathers 18 territorial cooperation projects co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and almost 200 organisations (public authorities, private companies, universities, NGOs and international organisations) active in twelve European-Mediterranean coastal areas.
Most notably, the Community’s members are leading the development of common tools to monitor the tourism industry, they are studying and testing new tourism models and they are actively engaging policy makers and managers in a constant dialogue to make tourism a real driver for sustainable development. The BleuTourMed is an Interreg MED project featuring the MED Sustainable Tourism Community and is coordinated by Arco Latino, a network of local public authorities based in Barcelona, in partnership with UNIMED - Mediterranean Universities Union (Rome), University of Panteion (Athens), Plan Bleu for the environment and development in the Mediterranean (Marseille), Barcelona Provincial Council (Barcelona) and Adriatic and Ionian Euroregion (Pula).
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