€8m call to boost digitalisation and innovation in tourism sector
The European Commission's Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has launched an €8 million call for proposals to support digitalisation and innovation in Europe's tourism sector.
The agency expects to fund between eight and 11 proposals and is offering a maximum grant of €1m per project. The deadline for applications is 11 February 2021 (17.00 CET).
The general objective of this Call is to boost the uptake of digitalisation and innovation by tourism small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through transnational cooperation and capacity building.
Key aims are:
- Reinforcing transnational and cross-border cooperation, in particular integration of tourism businesses and stakeholders in transnational and inter-regional innovation ecosystems to enable smart and sustainable growth of tourism SMEs
- Fostering SMEs’ capacity and skills to improve their use of new digital technologies, resulting in new business models in tourism
- Fostering innovative solutions for improving tourism management and the tourism offer through cooperation within the tourism ecosystem, including public-private partnerships
The specific target of the action is to develop and put in place transnational and cross-ecosystem support schemes to build capacity for digital transformation, innovation and smart tourism solutions by SMEs in the tourism ecosystem.