The European Commission – DG Enterprise and Industry just published a guide on EU funding for the period 2014-2020 in the tourism sector.
As EU says in the Introduction “A specific guide was also necessary because of the diversity of the tourism sector’s needs and the range of EU thematic programmes that can, by consequence, support it“.
Starting from the strategic importance of tourism for the EU, the guide goes through all the European direct and indirect funds for tourism:
- European Regional Development Fund
- Cohesion Fund
- European Social Fund
- European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development
- European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
- Horizon 2020
- Creative Europe Programme
- Erasmus +
- Employment and Social Innovation
The guide answers to practical questions on the most important EU programmes for the tourism sector: type of tourism-related actions eligible for funding; type and level of funding; who can apply and how to apply. It also points at concrete examples of what has been funded under previous programmes, as a possible source of inspiration.