During the European Tourism Day, the European Commission announced the nea call for proposals under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The call entitled Nautical Routes for Europe will support the development of transnational thematic tourism products and their promotion through the creation of transnational touristic thematic routes in coastal regions in the areas of nautical tourism and water sports tourism at sea.
The tourism products developed should aim at promoting at least one of the following segments: nautical tourism and water sports tourism at sea. Applicants are encouraged to create and enhance synergies with other relevant tourism segments such as food and wine tourism, culture tourism, health and wellbeing tourism and cruise tourism. The routes created by the projects must be innovative in the sense that they result in a diversification of the coastal and maritime tourism offer in Europe.
Projects must undertake at least the following activities as part of the project implementation:
- Design and create a new transnational nautical route linking tourist attractions in the coastal areas of two eligible countries and offering at least one transnational tourism product tailored to the nautical route;
- Develop a long term strategy for the establishment and exploitation of the nautical route, including a communication and marketing strategy of the nautical route and associated products;
- Consult and validate with relevant stakeholders the design, creation, exploitation and sustainability of the new nautical route and associated tourism products;
- Develop the necessary tools and materials to promote the new nautical route and associated tourism products in line with the communication and marketing strategy developed;
- Establish a mechanism to support a solid and sustainable cooperation among the different actors of the tourism value chain.
Applicants must be legal entities. They can be public or private bodies active in the following fields: tourism and/or maritime affairs.
The total budget earmarked for this action is EUR 1,5 million. It is estimated that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 250,000 and EUR 300,000 would allow the objectives of this call for proposals to be addressed appropriately. The European Commission expects to fund 5 to 6 proposals.
The EU grant is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 80% of eligible costs actually incurred. Projects should not exceed the duration of 24 months. Applications must be submitted no later than 15 March 2017.
More information: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/call-proposals-nautical-routes-europe