In sum, the specific objectives to be achieved by the tourism SMEs that will benefit from financial support are:
1.To share and exchange knowledge on tourism sustainability challenges, especially in urban contexts,
2.To participate in networking, seeking to engage in cross-sectoral and transnational collaboration,
3.To develop their capacity to:
- become effective engines of innovation for green, circular and climate-friendly technologies, and/or
- become environmentally friendly and/or socially responsible businesses adopting internationally recognised certificates and labels, and/or
- adopt sustainable (circular principles) business concepts, and/or
- implement practices that turn their operations more sustainable, for instance, in (plastic) waste management and natural resources management for SME business operations.
4.And ultimately improve their sustainability and competitiveness, by reducing costs, decreasing resource consumption, developing new and increased revenue streams, and gaining better visibility and positioning.
Project duration: 30 months, Start date: 2020. October
Project Coordinator: Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation (BCC)
Participant Organisations: B.LINK Barcelona Strategic Projects S.L. (B.Link), Institute for Tourism Research in Northern Europe (NIT), Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KODA), Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), City of Dubrovnik Development Agency (DURA), Creative Business Network (CBN), Hungarian Hospitality Employers’ Association (VIMOSZ)
Total budget: € 1.3 million
Target groups: travel agencies, tour operators, program organizers, hotels and other accommodation, as well as SMEs that may be able to contribute in some way to achieving the targeted results.
Final product: 60 companies (including 7 Hungarians) who have participated in training may have a new environmental certificate and good practices applied by the previously mentioned cities.
Place of implementation: Budapest
Contributors: Local stakeholders and SMEs who can contribute to the initiation and implementation of political tasks.
A specific condition for participation in the project is the submission of an application material, the evaluation and assessment of which is based on 3 main criteria (and several sub-criteria within it):
Evaluation of applications: 0-5 points are available for each criterion, including half points. Applications that exceed the 3/5 threshold for each criterion will be considered successful and their total score will reach 10/15. Exceeding the threshold does not automatically mean that the application is successful. As a comprehensive (transversal) criterion, the evaluators also rate the existence of cross-sectoral and transnational cooperation when assessing applications.
Expected results of the project: