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Strategic project for the development of new tourism concepts based on technological innovation

The eureka tourism project will join companies interested in tourism, culture and leisure with others focusing on the development of technologies applicable for tourism use and services.

The EUREKA TOURISM project is designed to be a European response to innovation technology requirements in the tourism sector and also a strategic action launched within the framework of the EUREKA Programme for the development of tourism, leisure and cultural industries through technological innovation. The objective of this strategic project is to apply new technologies for the improvement and sustainability of the tourism, leisure and cultural industry as well as to increase standards of living for European citizens. The main objective of TOURISM is to become a framework in which enterprises, business associations, research institutions and public administrations (at local, regional, national, EUROPEAN UNION and EUREKA levels) can work jointly in order to: - Promote sustainable development of the European tourism and leisure industry through technology application and new services; - Define, based on knowledge of this sector, the main work-lines in the field of innovation and technological development, with participation from all the actors involved; suppliers, producers, intermediaries, users and public bodies, focusing particularly on SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises); - Interchange information and points of view in order to launch collaborative projects in the framework of EUREKA and other R & D initiatives; - Establish international contacts and find partners, and define an international collaboration framework for the new technology applications; - Present the current Action Plan and promote future support for initiatives of different administration bodies. The current Project is the continuation of the former EUROTOURISM project approved in 2001, and that ended in 2004. This represented a first and unique initiative on a world-scale. Concretely, EUROTOURISM is a strategic project launched within the EUREKA Framework, involving the application of technology to tourism and leisure in a European Cooperation environment, and promotion of the use of knowledge, innovation and technology in the tourism, leisure and culture sectors. Because of the new global economic situation, as well as market needs, the new EUREKA TOURISM project will follow this line (however restructured) using the knowledge achieved in the former EUROTOURISM project. In order to get off to a good start, the experience gained will be used to advantage when launching the EUREKA TOURISM project. In connection with the Working Areas already stressed, used and developed in the EUROTOURISM project, new emerging and declining concepts have appeared. Keywords: tourism, technology, innovation.
Acronym: 
EUREKA TOURISM
Project ID: 
3 810
Start date: 
01-07-2006
Project Duration: 
72months
Project costs: 
0.00€
Technological Area: 
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMS TECHNOLOGY
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.