Project title: Winter Islands Network for all year round Tourism ExpeRience in the MEDiterranean
Acronym: WINTER MED
Programme: Interreg MED
Duration: 01/11/2019 – 30/6/2022
Budget: 2,617,300.00 €
Dunea budget: 230.000,00 €
Lead Partner: Association of Tuscan Municipalities
Partners: Regional development agency of Dubrovnik Neretva County – DUNEA, Exfini Poli, Greece, Development Agency of South Aegean Region, Greece, Institute for Agriculture and Tourism from Poreč, Croatia, Lamaca-Famagusta District Development Agency – Cyprus, Confesecenti Toscana, Italy, Corzican Tourist Agency, France, CRPM – Barcelona, Spain, Mallorca Chambre of Commerce, Spain
Associated partners: Croatian Tourist Board, Croatia, Tourist Board of Balearic Islands, Spain, Thessaly Region, Greece, NECSTouR, - Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism, Belgium, South Aegian Region, Greece
About the project:
The development of sustainable and responsible all-year-round tourism on the Mediterranean islands while preserving and valorizing cultural and natural heritage is the main goal of the WINTER MED project. The project will address the main challenges related to the sustainability of maritime and coastal tourism, which is the reduction of extremely high tourist seasonality.
The project implementation will use the best practices and results of current and implemented projects (INTERREG MED, Italy-France, H2020) to build a common transnational strategy. This strategy will be built on the common foundations of the Mediterranean islands with the aim of developing high-quality tourism products and a diverse offer, taking into account the environmental, socio-cultural and economic aspects of tourism development. The project partners will create a network of MED islands to ensure cooperation and joint planning among all relevant stakeholders and to facilitate the integration of the strategy into regional and national policies. In the capitalization phase, this network will be extended to other regions with the aim of implementing the project results outside the partner regions.
The expected results of the project are:
(1) Development of sustainable and responsible all year round tourism, as well as preservation of natural and cultural heritage on the islands
(2) Strengthening integration and cooperation between relevant stakeholders from the Mediterranean area by strengthening their capacities and knowledge,
(3) Development of a transnational strategy for sustainable and responsible tourism for the Mediterranean Islands
(4) Guidelines for sustainable tourism management on the islands of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
The project is co-financed by 85% from the European Regional Development Fund.