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MED Sustainable Tourism Community

Newsletter #04, edited by BleuTourMed_C3


Capitalisation workshop of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community // 20-22 November 2018, Marseille, France

The second capitalisation event of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community will take place 20-22 November 2018 in Marseille (France). All the projects are invited to gather for a workshop with external experts and stakeholders to keep working on strategic topics of the Mediterranean tourism sector:

  • Monitoring the sustainability of tourism: what are the knowledge gaps of policy-making processes? How to bridge the data gaps on tourism?
  • Reducing the environmental-cultural-social impacts of tourism in the Mediterranean region
  • Tourism as a strategic driver for a sustainable and responsible economic growth and prosperity in the Mediterranean region
  • Governance mechanisms to engage and to include a wide variety of stakeholders in a more sustainable and responsible tourism.

Inclusive and Evidence-based Policies to Promote Sustainable Tourism


“Re-connecting Tourism” by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community // 29-30 May 2018, Rome, Italy

Tourism is a cross-cutting industry, which affects quality of life of local population the economic development of the Mediterranean coastal areas, as well as the environment and the cultural heritage. Therefore tourism “can not be managed neither by free markets nor a central planner, the only way is to promote a shared policy involving all stakeholders” affirmed Prof. Antonio Magliulo at the conference “Re-connecting Tourism: promoting evidence-based policies for sustainable development”, an international conference organised by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community, an Interreg MED Programme initiative, on the 29-30 May 2018 hosted by the UNINT - University of International Studies of Rome.

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New shape and drives for the tourism sector: supporting decisions, integrating plans and ensuring sustainability

Exploiting the full potential of data to inform the decision making process is the key challenge also for the tourism sector. However, most of the decision makers are overwhelmed by Big Data “this is why we decided to move forward the excel files by creating the ShapeTourism Observatory” affirmed Dario Bertocchi - Research fellow at the Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Representing ShapeTourism - at the MED Sustainable Tourism Community Mid-term Conference “Re-Connecting Tourism: promoting evidence-based policies for sustainable development”, held in Rome on 29-30 May 2018.

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COASTING Project has been presented in Seville by FAMP to its Tourism Work Commission and its Network of Municipalities for Non-Seasonal Tourism

June, 14th 2018 - The presentation meeting of the COASTING project (Coastal Integrated Governance for Sustainable Tourism) was carried out yesterday in Seville in the framework of the Tourism Work Commission of the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP). The municipal representatives who belong to this commission together with representatives of the regional government of Andalusia have attended to know the main aspects of the COASTING project.

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Tourism for Development: the UNWTO Report and the contribution of the Med Sustainable Tourism

Tourism can give a crucial contribution to the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is what emerges from the recent publication ‘Tourism for Development’ edited by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which addresses the changes needed in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour in the tourism sector. “As one of the largest and fastest-growing socio-economic sectors of our times, tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs and business opportunities, helping millions of people to escape poverty and improve their livelihoods. Tourism is also one of the most resilient sectors to crises situations and can further act as catalyst for environmental and cultural protection and strengthen peace and reconciliation in the world” declared Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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Measuring Tourism Sustainability in the MED Area

Sustainable Tourism Community’s 2nd thematic paper

Tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, generating employment and its potential in valorising cultural and natural assets (United Nations World Tourism Organisation - UNWTO, 2017a). This is now also recognized at the highest international level with the UN General Assembly having adopted several resolutions acknowledging the role of tourism in sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (United Nations – UN, 2015).

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Search the MED: A tool developed by the MED Sustainable Tourism Community


"Search the Med" embodies a fully customizable search engine providing access to a wide range of documents related to tourism sustainability issues with particular focus on Mediterranean. It could be considered as a multi-source repository of sources regarding the sustainability of tourism and with particular emphasis on the Mediterranean region. Its added value for the MED Sustainable Tourism Community is twofold: - It includes a wide range of types of documents dealing with tourism related issues, such as scientific papers, project deliverables and reports, in one single library. - The codification of the selected documents is based on a document driven approach rather than a project based approach.



With €40 billion economic impact and 6 million passengers, cruise tourism plays a key role in Europe and especially in the MED, being the top cruise market and amidst strong socio-economic pressures. As cruise tourism grows, the challenge for the Mediterranean is to exploit its full potential in an environmentally, socially & economically sustainable way.

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COASTING - Coastal INtegrated Governance for Sustainable Tourism is a capitalisation project based on the ICZM principles application, aiming at enhancing the effectiveness of a multilevel governance tool like Coast Contract, fully framing coastal management and tourism sustainability issues. The transnational partnership of the project will activate synergies and cooperation to share specific solutions for an integrated and responsible management of coastal areas, particularly invested by tourism criticalities.

HERIT-DATA - Sustainable Heritage Management towards Mass Tourism Impact thanks to a holistic use of Big and Open Data The project aims to reduce the impact of human activities (tourism-related ones) on cultural heritage, with a special focus on two kinds of cultural destinations that can benefit from and be affected by mass tourism. In that framework, HERIT-DATA plans to develop of a sustainable and responsible tourism management towards cultural heritage MED regions, in particular by taking advantage of technology and innovation in management tools (Smart Cities), as well as other policy and social measures. The project will develop, test and transfer a series of knowledge and solutions in line with the current sectoral changes and characteristics of smart destinations, able to collect, generate, integrate and analyse information and transform it into behaviour changes, according to ICZM recommendations. The results will also contribute to decision-making processes from a holistic perspective and for all stakeholders: planners, visitors, local stakeholders and host citizens.

INHERIT - Sustainable Tourism Strategies to conserve and valorise the Mediterranean Coastal and Maritime Natural Heritage is an integrated project with 15 partners from 10 MED countries aiming to conserve and valorise natural heritage in MED coastal and maritime tourist destinations. The project will test and deploy a new approach adapted to MED specificities protecting natural heritage from the adverse effects of intensive tourism. It will promote sustainable tourism alleviating seasonality and tackling the surpassing of the hosting capacity, by designing and implementing a bottom-up protection approach relying on self-regulation and monitoring by local society and tourism stakeholders.



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