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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“The road”

“The road”

In Saba there is only one road, known as “The Road”. Its construction was tough because people used to traverse the island by trail, transporting everything by hand and donkey, including the kitchen sink, pianos and monarchs and, considering the height of the island and the hot Caribbean sun, it was so difficult and suffering to reach the other part of the island. For this reason, in the late 1930’s the decision to build a concrete road was made. Due to the nature of the terrain, steep and the sunk in the rainforest, Dutch & Swiss Civil Engineers considered impossible to build a street there. Thus, the road got its title: “The road that couldn’t be built”. Challenged by this words, a Saban guy, Josephus Lambert Hassell, followed a study in civil engineering and in 1938, with the assistance of his fellow Sabans and no heavy machinery they got down to the business of the impossible. In 1958 the road was completed. Thus prove Sabans’ determination in the willingness to be more developed.

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Sustaining the natural environment

Sustaining the natural environment

Sea & Learn on Saba is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, diverse nature experts and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba. Sea & Learn’s objective is to reinforce the importance of protecting nature and educate the potential safe-keepers in order to sustain viability of Saba’s eco-tourism product and other environments throughout the world. Since 2003, a month-long event takes place. Due to their efforts in learning and life long learning approach and capacity building, Lynn Costenaro, the Managing Director of the Sea Saba Dive Center and Sea and Learn Organization is likely to be nominated for OCTA Innovation award.

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