NECSTouR: Lead partner
For its transnational dimension NECSTouR is the best placed not only to lead this consortium but also to ensure the most relevant stakeholders – Members and partners – bring their added value to SPIRIT-Youth and ensure its capitalization and sustainability.
Who are NECSTouR?
NECSTouR (BE) is the Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism gathering 32 Regional Authorities competent in Tourism and 35 Associated - members, Universities, Research Institutes, Representatives of the Tourism Enterprises and of the Sustainable Tourism Associations - from 17 European Countries, committed to the implementation of the “European Agenda for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism”, promoted by the European Commission in its Communication (COM (2007) 0621 – 19-10-2007).
Furthermore, NECSTouR has been contributing to the implementation of the European Tourism Policy since its origin in 2007 by participating, in almost all the 21 actions of the Communication “Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe” (COM (2010) 352, where NECSTouR is cited as a stakeholder invited to cooperate in the formulation and implementation of a European system of indicators for the sustainable management of destinations.
NECSTouR is a self-funded network, thus Members are committed to contribute with an annual fee to obtain the rights stated in the network status and benefit from the services related to the network activities outputs in terms of:
- Joint research, knowledge and cooperation,
- Promotion and visibility of their good practices and strategies,
- Representation towards the European Institutions.
NECSTouR Members have a solid experience in the implementation of European Tourism Projects and the network has been building up a considerable track record in this field acros the three last years by covering the fields of transnational thematic tourism products, with the development of the European itinerary Odysseus, education and training in the field of project management for sustainable tourism projects, the Nearly Zero Energy Hotels initiative, the study mapping tourism education and skills and the analysis and implementation of a European system for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism destinations through the MITOMED project.
Besides its regular good practice exchange in the fields of cultural routes management, sustainable tourism indicators, accessibility of the tourism destinations, the sustainability and competitiveness of coastal and maritime tourism destinations, tourism and climate change, NECSTouR has developed an Impact Analysis of European Social Fund Tourism Projects in NECSTouR regions. Two cases targeting youth education, vocational training and young entrepreneurship, (Ideas New Enterprises!in Umbria and Fifteen in Cornwall) were evaluated and the potential for replication elsewhere,assessed.
Furthermore, the NECSTouR Academy which aims to capitalise on the pool of expertise of within NECSTouR as Universities, Research Centres, Sustainable Tourism Associations and representatives of Tourism Enterprises come together to share opportunities (such as joint master degree programmes) and identify common skills and training development needs for the tourism sector.
NECSTouR also lobbies the European Commission with its Members expertise in the field of sustainable and competitive management of tourism destinations and has contributed to the upcoming European strategy for the tourism of the future with its reply to the consultation under the same name and position paper