Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Established by Friends of Montserrat in 1970 under The Montserrat National Trust Ordinance, the Montserrat National Trust is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to the conservation and protection of the environment and the preservation of Montserrat’s Natural and Historic Heritage. Over the past years it has contributed significantly to the education and to the enhancement of the island’s beauty and Tourist attractions.

Thanks to the Small Innovation Project, the Montserrat National Trust gets assistance to establish Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism. The project will engage an Archaeologist expert in studying Amerindian Petroglyphs, explore, design and develop suitable trail access to the area to allow visitors access to the site and develop education and promotion programmes using research information on history petroglyphs, flora, and fauna of Montserrat and create materials specifically for the education and enjoyment of children, adults and visitors to Montserrat as books, brochures, workbooks, colouring books, worksheets, maps. On this way Montserrat should develop Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #15-2018 – Visitor economy

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #15-2018 – Visitor economy

Overseas Countries and Territories are embracing innovation as one the most important drivers of the economy. Montserrat is organizing Innovation Days in August 2018. Focus of the event is very concrete. How innovation will move development of the island, all in line with the latest Montserrat Economic Growth Strategy and Delivery Plan final version issued the most recently, in February 2018.

Slogan of the Innovation days is “Innovation for sustainable growth” and topics of particular attention are: Development of entrepreneurial innovation eco system, Innovation policy and instruments with special attention to development of agriculture and organic farming and to tourism agglomerate, specially in niches of “visitor economy”.

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Importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and exceptional conditions and natural resources for the practice of nature sports

Importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and exceptional conditions and natural resources for the practice of nature sports

Similarities between the OCTs and the Azores, one of the EU Outermost Regions: importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and exceptional conditions and natural resources for the practice of nature sports.

The existing links between environment and sport are clear and unequivocal, the pleasure and satisfaction offered by the practice of sport is enhanced through the sporting activity in the natural environment.

The sporting activity in nature is a way to environmental awareness, since the characteristics of the natural environment acquire a special highlight during the period in which the sports practice is performed. The growth of cities and the stress caused by daily life provoke a social need for access to Nature that sport shares and intensifies, with a strong relationship between environment and sport.

The Azores has exceptional conditions and Natural resources for the practice of Nature Sports.

For instance trail runs promote health and sports products and services as a social solution to economic development of communities through sports tourism and sports entertainment.

Development and promotion of nature-inspired sporting events in the Azores contribute to sustainable tourism and benefit the local economy and minimize the socio-cultural and negative environmental impact of mass tourism. The concept of sustainability applied to tourism consists of an efficient management of resources by integrating of economic development and respect for environmental and cultural values specific to each territory. The walking trails, the routes, the interpretation and visitor’s centers, museums and observatories provide information, orientation, education and other services in order to enable tourists to acquire knowledge and understanding of the region.

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Technical assistance: innovation policies and instruments for tourism agglomeration

Technical assistance: innovation policies and instruments for tourism agglomeration

Short-term technical assistance in the tourism field has been approved. Tourism is an important driver of economic and social development. The aim is to progress on the most effective activities which may be developed around tourism as main economic activity. That could be considered as part of smart specialisation around tourism as main line in Overseas Countries and Territories.

Innovation policies and instruments for tourism in Overseas Countries and Territories will be worked out. It will be based primarily on the analysis of the best practice with existing concepts of the Innovation policies and instruments for agglomeration services in tourism and around tourism, in different niches of tourism, including rural and ecotourism, especially in EU peripheral regions and outermost regions of European Union.

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Enhancing the potential of the islands in health tourism

Enhancing the potential of the islands in health tourism

The island of Korčula hosted the first Conference on health tourism on the Croatian islands that took place on 17 and 18 May 2018 in Vela Luka, Hotel Korkyra. The event was organized by the Member of the European Parliament Ms Ruža Tomašić, in collaboration with the Municipality of Vela Luka and the Local Action Group LAG 5.

The Conference brought together the public institutions of Croatia (ministries of health, tourism and agriculture, Croatian National Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Economy) and Europe (European Commission, Ministry of Malta), as well as international experts (the leading tour-operators from Germany, France and Netherlands, the largest global health insurer Cigna) and Croatian authorities and professionals in the field of health tourism.

The aim was to enhance the potential of the Croatian islands in health tourism including wellness, spa and health offer but also local agricultural products.

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