1) Exchange of experience and improvement of capacities and knowledge of regional and local stakeholders
OUTPUTS: the Peer Review seminars, the thematic conference, the debriefing conference, the website, the newsletters and the final publication will enhance the mutual learning experiences and increase the capacities of the local and regional stakeholders. Through the exchange of best practice and the information events, activities and publications, the partners as well as stakeholders outside the partnership will gain an insight into the principles governing sustainable tourism.
RESULTS: The events in this field will bring together local and regional actors, providing them with information and best practices. These debates and presentations will allow them to identify other practices and to benefit from increased capacity. First, the events will raise awareness of the policy at stake; Regional policies will only change if the civil servants working on them understand the underlying principles governing the issue, namely that sustainability principles must be mainstreamed in general tourism policies and can influence other policies (employment, socio-cultural and environment) Second, the staff members will acquire specific knowledge in the field of sustainable tourism and discover examples of how it is applied in other regions to respond to specific needs and objectives.
2) Identification and shaping of best practices
OUTPUTS: the Final conference, Kick-off seminar for peer reviews, Peer Reviews, Guide and Interregional cooperation convention will set the stage for efficient exchange of best practices.
RESULTS: The partners will have the possibility to identify many best practices through the Peer Reviews, conferences, seminars and field visits. This will help them to target specific groups (disabled, elderly, children, families with pets, sports, wellness, business), improve mutual understanding, raise the awareness of local communities and enhance skills of regional and local decision makers in dealing with regional disparities. These best practice examples will be collected in a final publication.
3) Improvement of regional and local policies
OUTPUTS: the Action plan workshop, the Peer Review Toolkit and the Action plans are at the core of improving regional tourism policies in a sustainable way.
RESULTS: (1) The regions hosting a peer review will undergo a self evaluation exercise with a SWOT analysis of their tourism policies. (2) The partners will develop a toolkit for reviewing regional tourism policies to assist other regions in undergoing a similar process. (3) The partners will publish action plans to implement the advice from the Peer Reviews as a final step for improving their policies in a sustainable way.