Its unique climate, history, culture and natural beauty make the Mediterranean the world’s leading tourism destination. Driven by Southern and Mediterranean Europe, international tourist arrivals have grown from 58 million in 1970 to nearly 320 million in 2015, with a forecast of 500 million by 2030. Half of these arrivals are in coastal areas.
The MED Sustainable Tourism Community (the Community) is a transnational partnership of 18 sustainable tourism projects funded by the Interreg MED Programme. It aims to move towards sustainable coastal and maritime tourism by capitalising on project results and lessons learned. Based on the experience gained in the field implementing these projects, the Community aims to provide Euro-Mediterranean authorities and other stakeholders with strategic guidance on how to move towards sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the Mediterranean.