International Workshop promoted by the MITOMED+ project at the European Parliament:
"Towards Sustainable Maritime and Coastal Tourism Communities" - Building an integrated M&C tourism management model for the Mediterranean
European Parliament (Brussels), 8 November 2018, 09.30-17.00
Although maritime and coastal (M&C) tourism in the Mediterranean basin, which is the world’s leading tourism destination, is a growing business and a predominant source of revenue, growth and jobs, it also represents a huge challenge. Indeed, the development of tourism in the Mediterranean could be jeopardized by several factors if not managed in an adequate and sustainable way, i.e. severe anthropic impacts and environmental risks, tourism pressure on territories, coastal erosion, worsening conditions of sea water, over exploitation of natural and cultural heritage, etc.
Although many Mediterranean tourist destinations have adopted local and regional integrated strategies for tourism development, there is no real governance for tourism activities at a wider transnational level and environmental governance is still, in practice, very fragmented. Sustainable tourism managed in an integrated way is the key to protect natural and cultural assets while using them as an economic driver. This is the rationale behind the MITOMED+ (Models of Integrated Tourism in the MEDiterranean Plus) project.
The project has now entered its transferring phase, which consists in identifying a wide range of interested actors in the Mediterranean and beyond – especially regional and local authorities – willing to replicate its methodology and main outputs and make them available for transfer and capitalisation. Partners are also already preparing for the project’s capitalising phase, that aims to develop an integrated MED M&C tourism management model, including the project’s methodology and main outputs, as well as a policy paper, and foresees the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by Mediterranean Regions to transfer the model.
In this context, the Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) and NECSTouR, European Network of Regions committed to Tourism Sustainability and Competitiveness, which are partners of MITOMED+, are organising an international workshop on 8 November 2018 in Brussels, at the European Parliament
The first part, entitled “HOW TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN M&C TOURISM - Benchmarking Process Among C&M Destinations” is hosted by MEP Ivan JAKOVČIĆ. It is aimed to present the main outcomes of the project and engage local and regional public entities potentially interested in replicating the project’s methodology. It is aimed to EU policy makers, destination managers, professionals in the tourism sector and regional and local policy makers, among others.
The experiences and tools for an innovative model of Sustainable M&C tourism” - is organised in the frame of the European Parliament’s SEARICA Intergroup. It is aimed to key tourism stakeholders, EU policy-makers, regional and local authorities, among others. It intends to launch a reflection on tourism sustainable management, discuss the state of the art of the EU agenda, hear experiences from different actors, and raise awareness on MITOMED+’s answer to this challenge in the Mediterranean. Besides, on this occasion, the draft integrated MED M&C tourism management model will be presented.
This workshop will be organised in the margins of the European Tourism Day, to be held the day before (7 November) in Brussels.