Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020)
Comisión Europea. DG Empresa e Industría, 2014
The Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020) gathers and digests information about the diverse thematic programmes for private and public entities. It focuses on practical questions: 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.
This guide has been prepared for various reasons, starting with the strategic importance of tourism for the EU. As the third largest EU economic sector, tourism has indeed a wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment and social development. 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. Made of many different players with different needs2, the sector got support from various programmes over time (see correspondence table below). Thanks to continuous simplification efforts, gathering and digesting information about many programmes is progressively easier, but remains a challenge for hard-pressed private and public entities promoting tourism destinations or developing tourism services. [+]