Tourism is the third largest EU economic sector having a wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment and social development. The European Commission is therefore constantly working on the development of new tools and services contributing to boost the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.
Considering the many different stakeholders and their needs in the tourism industry, a Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020) has been published giving information on many EU programmes of potential interest for the sector. The new Multi-Annual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 brings simplification at various levels: merger of EU funding programmes for easier access to information, harmonisation of application procedures, etc. Gathering and digesting information about all these thematic programmes remain however a challenge for hard-pressed private and public entities involved in tourism.
Thus, the guide shall be a helpful source focusing on issues such as 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.
The guide shall be periodically updated by the European Commission.