Despite the economic crisis of 2008, Europe remains the number one tourism destination in the world.  A guide has therefore been prepared to highlight the strategic importance of tourism and its economic sector

The guide is user-friendly and easy to follow. It was created to make digesting information about programmes that support tourism easier and its 13 chapters present not only recent examples of funded actions but also the updated information on the new programmes.The main focus of the guide is to present the most important EU programmes for the tourism sector by answering to few basic questions:

  • type of tourism-related actions eligible for funding;
  • who can apply;
  • type and level of funding; and
  • how to apply and when.

It also points to concrete examples of what has been funded under previous programmes, as a possible source of inspiration.

The authors of the guide suggest it is used in five steps.

  • Step 1: Identify relevant programmes and financial instruments,
  • Step 2: Identify relevant calls for proposals / tender / applications.
  • Step 3: Get familiar with the call specific documentation and forms (online).
  • Step 4: Find partners where useful or required.
  • Step 5: Submit your proposal/offer/application on time.

However, when working through these steps it is important to pay attention to the different types of support available, i.e the direct (grants) and indirect ones (loans, equity financing, guarantees).  

A useful feature in the guide is the Correspondence Table which links the new framework with the older programmes from the financial framework of 2007 – 2013. This table shows whether a programme has been consolidated or has changed names and can be found on pages 2-4.

You can get your copy of the Guide here:
Enjoy the reading and good luck with applying for the funding!

Dijana Pita da Costa is a Slovene archaeologist and a doctoral candidate in Heritology (Heritage) Studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is also IE’s Social Media Coordinator. You can get in touch with her at:

To cite this article:
Dijana Pita da Costa (2017) ‘Guide on EU funding for tourism sector 2014 – 2020’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 1-2017, 25

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