MU involved in EU Project: SmartCulTour

PhDs at Modul University

In collaboration with UNESCO and other European academic institutions, MU is involved in a three-year European Commission (EC) intervention entitled SmartCulTour. The overall objective of this intervention is to support the sustainable development of cultural tourism in peripheral regions of Europe. The EC Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme helps European regions to design and carry out community-led actions towards sustainable cultural tourism. Sustainable cultural tourism can be achieved through democratic participatory planning processes which are context specific. A key challenge for peripheral European regions lies in crafting well designed cultural tourism programmes which will meet the needs of the residents and tourists while preserving regions' fragile cultural assets. In this light, it is important to frame cultural tourism within a larger socio-cultural, environmental and economic debate, ensuring a more equitable development. 

In this context MU’s main responsibility is to set the theoretical framework of this large project. MU’s first deliverable within the SmartCulTour project consists of an extensive review of key cultural tourism concepts and trends which will then help to identify a set of sustainability and resilience indicators. These indicators will help destination stakeholders plan, monitor and evaluate sustainable cultural tourism developments.

If you would like to know more about this project please contact: Jennifer.vonzumbuschsymbolmodul.acpunktat