REGIONAL POLICY SUPPORT
TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
1. Tourism in context
2. Direct ERDF support to tourism actions
Between 2015 and 2019 the direct allocations for 2014-2020 remained stable
... and remained stable into 2020
... but with important differences in the interventions planned across countries.
In the period 2014-2020 the ERDF financial allocations to the different tourism related investment actions can be compared across countries in absolute share and relative importance. The chart below presents the relative shares of the planned amounts allocated by the six tourism interventions.
3. The progress implementing investment also varies by action and country
Tips: Use the filter on the top right of the chart to filter by country and year to see implementation progress nationally across the interventions; Click on the bars for on intervention to see the national composition and implementation and use the drill up / down button on the top left to reset the chart.
4. Other (indirect) support to the tourism sector
5. What about progress in achieving tourism objectives?
One common indicator is used under the ERDF to capture a common measure of the output of certain tourism projects. The indicator is "CO09 - Increase in expected number of
visits to supported sites of
cultural or natural heritage and
attractions", measured in visitors per year. It is valid for site improvements that aim to attract and accept visitors for sustainable
tourism, including sites with or without previous tourism activity (e.g. nature parks or
buildings converted to museums, etc.,). The common indicator does not capture all tourism outputs. Apart from this common indicator, programmes also use programme specific indicators (they cannot be aggregated).
- The total target has been modified slightly by the end of 2019;
- The expected output of decided projects significantly exceeds the target by end 2018; this suggests that programmes had difficulties estimating the targets initially without knowing the selected projects (NB CO09 was a novel indicator for 2014-2020). Also it is possible that some projects may overestimate the expected increase visitors.
- By end 2018, a modest 25% of the formal target had been implemented. Significant project completion is required after 2018 to still secure the target.
Tips: Use the filter on the top right of the chart to filter by country and programme to see implementation progress; Click on the bars for one year to see the national composition and implementation and use the drill up / down button on the top left to reset the chart.
6. Examples of tourism related projects
Mont-Saint-Michel, FR targets ecotourism
Green infrastructure investments give the tourism industry in Northern Poland a boost
New recreational facilities improve tourism in two regions of Bulgaria, Serbia (Interreg)
Aldeias Históricas de Portugal (AHP) – revitalising villages through education and business development
7. More Information
- DG REGIO 2014-2020 thematic guidance on tourism.
- 2015 EC DG REGIO ex post evaluation work package: Culture and tourism - 2007-2013
- Regional policy also support culture and heritage actions. See this data story for more details.