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The Mountain Partnership publishes guidelines for the post-COVID recovery of sustainable mountain tourism

The FAO’s Mountain Partnership Secretariat and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently published the joint report Mountain tourism – Towards a more sustainable path. While tourism was the focus of the 2021 International Mountain Day on the 11th December, this publication contributes to stressing the role of tourism in the sustainable development of mountain regions.

It features examples of innovation, best practices and initiatives from all over the world, including Europe. Some of the cases show how entrepreneurs were trained to promote local tourism, producers and handcrafts in the Carpathians or how a tourism strategy was adopted in the Slovenian Alps to tackle over-tourism by bringing visitors away from crowded areas and making them discover new places. Examples also include an initiative from South Tyrol, Italy, which aimed to understand the challenges faced by mountain tourism stakeholders during the COVID-19. These examples illustrate the report’s recommendations: mountains need to innovate and develop new offers to both boost the recovery of the sector after the COVID-19 pandemic but also to make mountain tourism more sustainable.


Tourism is key for the development of Europe’s mountains. In 2018, 13% of personal trips made by EU residents were in mountain areas (see Eurostat). Yet, mountain areas are confronted to various challenges. Some territories face over-tourism and conflicts between residents and visitors. This was highlighted in the recent Euromontana report on mountain youth, particularly in the French and Italian Alps. Other regions are struggling to attract visitors, to develop mobility offers up to the last kilometre, or to adapt their activities to a changing climate. This joint report on mountain tourism can therefore be a source of inspiration for addressing these different issues.

In Europe, regional and local challenges can also be overcome with the support of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy. As demonstrated by Montana174, Cohesion Policy provides support for the development of tourism in the mountains, for the creation of new offers, the development of strategies to improve sustainability or promote cultural heritage for example. Examples are available in Montana174’s brochure The Cohesion Policy supports tourism in mountain areas.

27 January 2022

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Key messages from Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis President of Assemblea di Corsica and Władysław Ortyl President of Podkarpackie - serwis samorządu województwa this morning at #Montana174 conference on Cohesion Policy in mountain areas 🌄👉 Mountains face specific challenges and infrastructure costs are higher👉 There should be an earmarking of funds for mountain areas 👉 Local people must be informed and trained to apply for Cohesion Policy funds👉 More support is needed for cross-border initiatives 🎥 Join us live from the European Committee of the Regions! ⬇us06web.zoom.us/j/81918000254?pwd=dFVZN29hdWprV3Q0eGZFUFQrQWpkZz09Programme ⬇www.euromontana.org/en/events/final-conference-how-to-foster-the-effective-uptake-of-cohesion-pol... ... See MoreSee Less
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🎥 We are live from the European Committee of the Regions ❗️Join us online for #Montana174's final conference & learn more on the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy in mountain areas 🌄Zoom link 👇us06web.zoom.us/j/81918000254?pwd=dFVZN29hdWprV3Q0eGZFUFQrQWpkZz09Programme 👇www.euromontana.org/en/events/final-conference-how-to-foster-the-effective-uptake-of-cohesion-pol... ... See MoreSee Less
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📆 Our Montana174 project will be at the #EURegionsWeek !What tools and channels to use to easily and effectively explain Cohesion Policy to citizens? 🗨️We will discuss how to communicate on the 🇪🇺 cohesion funds in a workshop with Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa & EMA RTV - Onda Local de Andalucía Check out the programme and register 👇eu.app.swapcard.com/event/euregionsweek-2022/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfOTYwMzg1 ... See MoreSee Less
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@Euromontana's Carla Lostrangio writes the newest @regstud Blog examining the opportunities for #Mountain #Regions from #CohesionPolicy programmes that have been tailored to the needs of mountain areas.


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