EU Programme
Funding Period:
Friday, June 1, 2018 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Many European territories have developed strong relations with a river, that both take an economic and social role in their history. In the heart of European cities or in suburban areas, riversides offer exceptional natural, cultural and industrial heritage, both tangible and intangible. As these destinations are regional capitals or near a capital, they combine a tourism offer specific to urban areas (architectural visits, cultural activities) with a more natural one with sports and leisure, in particular related to water as well as wellness. This natural environment has historically been protected or is today the purpose of new environmental policies. That is why riverside development is a real opportunity for European cities to create innovative solutions for sustainable tourism development.

Unfortunately, riversides are rarely identified as touristic spots and not sufficiently addressed by tourism policies. They globally suffer from a lack of consideration from Metropolitan authorities and tourism boards, but also from a lack of professional skills and tools for tourism actors. However, those spaces are at the crossroad of tourism challenges faced by European capitals such as the high concentration of tourism in city centres, the Cities “Museumification” phenomenon, the increased attention to sustainable development and the new trends of tourism practices (authenticity, slow tourism, etc). European cooperation could help managing authorities in charge of Structural Funds, tourism strategies or urban development policies to better understand what needs to be changed and identify solutions by exchanging good practices. The STAR Cities project will involve the entire tourism ecosystem existing along rivers and, in this regard, is relevant to the Interreg Europe programme’s specific objective dealing with protecting, promoting and developing natural heritage, biodiversity and ecosystems.


Role of NECSTouR:
NECSTouR will provide added value to STAR Cities project at two levels: 1- Ensure communication and exchange of experience between the project partners and NECSTouR's whole network - Collection, exchange of good practices on river tourism development in a sustainable way through other NECSTouR regions besides the consortium in order to give a wider scope to the project. - Participation of STAR Cities project in NECSTouR working group on Cultural Tourism to deepen the exchanges related to reorienting and spreading tourism, innovating in tourism strategies, and to the valorization of natural and cultural heritage. 2- Participate in the communication strategy by ensuring project visibility at European scale - Promote the different project phases, events and outputs through NECSTouR existing communication channels (website, social media, newsletter) within and beyond the network - Organise a European conference: NECSTouR will organise one high level event in Brussels during semester 3. This event will give the opportunity to launch the Guide of Best Practices and to present the Regional action plans - Lobby actions: includes STAR Cities project issues in NECSTouR Strategic Alliances activities (EU institutions, UNWTO, EU Tourism Manifesto for Growth and Jobs, etc.) Last but not least, NECSTouR Permanent Secretariat will bring its expertise on sustainable tourism development and its experience on the exchange of experiences process.


Second STAR Cities Interregional Learning Session


The second Interregional Learning Session of the STAR Cities Project will take place in Kaunas from 11 to 13 September 2019.

The event will focus on the link between tourism and locals and communities.

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First Star Cities Interregional Learning Session in Rome


The first Interregional Learning Session of STAR Cities project will take place in Rome from 17 to 19 July 2019.


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'Europe, let's cooperate


The Fifth edition of the interregional cooperation forum 'Europe, let's cooperate!' will be organised in Brussels on 10 April 2019.

In one action-packed day aimed at networking and inspiration from interregional cooperation, you will:


Launch of STAR Cities project : The new European Project to Develop Sustainable River Tourism within five European Cities

Jul 27, 2018


In the context of the third call of the Interreg Europe Programme, STAR Cities (Sustainable Tourism for Attractivity of Riverside Cities) project has been launched on June, 1st 2018.

The goal of the Interreg Europe Programme is to help European regions in the draft and implementation of regional policies. The exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices amongst the partners and stakeholders located in different European regions will help to achieve this objective.


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CALL FOR GOOD PRACTICES on Riverside Cities’ Sustainable Tourism Development


STAR Cities Interreg Europe project aims to gather the situation within different regions about its tourism development along the riversides in order to contribute to the decongestion of high touristic cities and to aware on a sustainable tourism as well as benefit the economic development of the area.