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The EPICAH project mentioned as a good practice within the sustainable tourism strategy of the Interreg Europe Program



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The document entitled Sustainable Tourism: Strategies to counteract overtourism: Strategies to counteract overtourism was published on the Interreg Europe Learning Platform. Overtourism (or overcrowding of destinations) had a devastating impact on the natural and cultural heritage of many popular holiday spots around the world. In Europe, the adverse effects are particularly evident in fragile world heritage sites, metropolitan areas as well as coastal or mountain areas. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, this trend has been abruptly reversed now. The tourism industry has been hit extremely hard as restrictions to international travel have caused a decline of the tourism economy at least between 45 and 70% in the last months, according to the OECD. The present policy brief aspires to offer some solutions to the current challenges of the tourism sector.

This document illustrates how sustainable tourism brings an added value to the long-term socio-economic development of regions and how it helps them cope with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The document gives as an example of good practice the EPICAH project, which seeks to exploit the tourism attraction factor of sustainably managed border areas, is particularly illustrative of successful cross-border practices in different EU regions. The document also mentions the Carpathian Culinary Heritage Network project identified and included through EPICAH project on the Learning Platform of the Interreg Europe Program at the initiative of the Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association.

Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association is one of the 9 partners involved in this project, along with the following organisations: Eixo Atlántico do Noroeste Peninsular from Braga -Portugal having the role of  lead partner, Eixo Atlantico del Noroeste Peninsular-Vigo and Asociación Ibérica de Municipios Ribereños del Duero from Spain, Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa Spa from Empoli-Italy, Tokaj Borvidék Fejlődéséért Nonprofit Kft.-Hungary, Regional Development Fund / Region of Western Macedonia from Kozani-Greece, Peipsi Koostöö Keskus from Tartu-Estonia,  Regionální rozvojová agentura Plzeňského kraje, o. p. s. from Plzeň-Czech Republic.

The document Sustainable Tourism: Strategies to counteract overtourism can be read in full by accessing the page: https://www.interregeurope.eu/eure/news/news-article/11016/new-policy-brief-on-sustainable-tourism/

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