of the integrated Mediterranean Maritime & Coastal tourism management model

After 3 years of rich and fruitful collaboration to develop a responsible and sustainable maritime and coastal tourism, the Interreg Modular Project MITOMED+, involving the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) as responsible of the capitalization activities, officially ended on the 31st of January 2020.

In this sense, the capitalisation conference “Towards improved governance and management for sustainable M&C tourism”  held last October in Brussels back-to-back with the European Week of Regions and Cities and the Sustainable Tourism Community “Fostering sustainable tourism in the MED region” conference, organised by the CPMR-IMC and hosted by the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union, launched  interesting  discussions  towards  the  implementation  of  a  joint  Mediterranean  Maritime  and  Coastal  tourism  management  model. It gathered around 50 Destination Managers, professionals and regional policy makers, as well as representatives from the academic and private sectors, alongside with MEPs and representatives from the European Commission.

The event represented a milestone for the project’s capitalisation, providing the opportunity of transferring key outputs, exchanging inspiring experiences about initiatives and projects on MED maritime and coastal sustainable tourism, in view of contributing to the MED M&C Tourism Management Model, which elaboration was coordinated by the CPMR‐IMC  with  the  support  of  in2destination.

This document aims to improve sustainable and responsible maritime and coastal tourism planning in the Mediterranean area through a series of recommendations, tools and practices based on the CPMR‐IMC and NECSTouR policy works, the Interreg MED Sustainable Tourism Community results and MITOMED+ tools. Among them are:

Summing up these three years of intensive exchanges, pilot areas implementation, transfer of activities and capitalisation, the final conference of MITOMED+ project organised in Livorno (IT) on 3 December 2019 was the occasion to showcase the policy paper prepared by the CPMR-IMC with the help of the partners, advocating for a collective commitment of tourism stakeholders towards the Mediterranean Integrated Management Model on M&C Tourism and aiming at delivering a legacy for Europe beyond 2020, thus further contributing to the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and its implementation at European, Mediterranean and local levels.

On  this  occasion,  political  decision  makers  at  all  levels  were  invited  to  sign  a  Memorandum  of  Understanding to implement MITOMED+’s model according to their competences and in their territories in order  to  promote  the  development  of  a  favourable  ecosystem  for  the  implementation  of  interventions  of  sustainable integrated tourism development.

Finally, external MED tourist destinations were invited to participate in a first capacity building workshop allowing, among other things, the transfer of the tools developed by MITOMED+ but also and mainly to anticipate the implementation of the 5 steps identified by the MED M&C Management Model for the implementation of a Sustainable Tourism Development Strategic Plan.

All the project’s deliverables are now available on MITOMED+’s dedicated webpage.

For more information, please contact flora.leroy@crpm.orgor emmanuel.maniscalco@crpm.org