European Research NEtwork on Sustainable Tourism is an ERA-NET project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme
Normally sustainable tourism and competitiveness are seen as opposite point of views, meaning that the decision makers either concentrate on sustainability or on economic gain. With ERNEST (European Research Network on Sustainable Tourism) project, for the first time a large group of regions and other organizations actually undertake steps to strengthen the contribution of sustainable practices to competitiveness. This vision stems from the belief that Europe, in all its different hues, has a very specific historical, natural and social identity, and the conservation of its heritage will by all means contribute to its attractiveness.
The ERNEST "European Research Network on Sustainable Tourism" project will address the issue of sustainable development of the tourism sector through coordination and collaboration among regional research programmes.
One of the most distinctive features of ERNEST is the integrated approach.
Research programmes in this field are generally fragmentated. We want to develop and strengthen a framework for coordinating regional research programmes on sustainable tourism.
NECSTouR is an open network of European regions committed to the issue of sustainable & competitive tourism
Where are We nowEstablished in September 2008, ERNEST has the overall aim to address the issue of sustainable development of the tourism sector through coordination and collaboration among regional research programmes. The first months were dedicated to the construction of the project governance - the main bodies of ERNEST are the partners consortium, the Steering Committee and the Policy and Advisory Group
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