Tourism is the third largest EU economic sector. Its impact on economic growth, employment and social development of most EU countries is critical. This is the reason EU has committed to support in various ways tourism in the EU.
At the same time, European countries have a rich and colorful cultural heritage, which is one of their most valuable assets, in terms of cultural development and economic growth, especially tourism development. That is why it needs initiatives to preserve and promote it and, where possible, connect it to entrepreneurial activities.
The Enterprise Europe Network is directly involved in the support of SMEs, including those of tourism sector and cultural heritage, in co-operation with several local, regional, national and European stakeholders. The tourism and CH sector is consisted by many different types of SMEs, with different needs but a common goal: sector’s sustainability, development and innovation.
The EEN Tourism and Cultural Heritage Sector Group was created to bring together the large number of SMEs and various stakeholders activated in the tourism sector, to support them in their effort to stay or become even more competitive, to impulse innovation activities and encourage business cooperation at European level.
The Tourism and CH Sector Group is consisted by partners from countries or regions with a special interest in the tourism and CH sector and a large number of SMEs and institutions activated in it.
To contribute to the development of the tourism and cultural heritage sector throughout the countries of the Network, the Sector Group foresees to carry out different kind of activities, such as:
ZMVA is a member of the Sector Group “Tourism and Cultural Heritage” of the Enterprise Europe Network since its creation in 2008. The Tourism and Cultural Heritage Sector Group is composed at the moment by 26 members from 16 countries. (e.g. Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus, Poland, Sweden, Malta, Belgium, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia)