BleuTourMed and DestiMED projects played a key role in the EU Maritime Days conference 31 May-1 June in Burgas, Bulgaria. The Sustainable Tourism community delegation networked among the 900 attendees from across the EU, and identified several potential capitalization and collaboration opportunities across the Med and Black Sea regions.
The team also participated in three workshops, including one which was organized by IUCN, WWF, CPMR, and Arco Latino entitled Between Green and Blue: Sustainability in Marine and Coastal Tourism. During this well-attended energetic workshop, participants broke into working groups and recommended solutions for key issues such as managing impacts of mass tourism, developing alternative tourism flows, and capitalizing on regional initiatives in order to inspire further collaboration and influence policy makers.
The team also contributed to a panel on Ocean Literacy, illustrating case study examples from MEET Network in which actors from the tourism sector have been motivated to build their capacity and improve their practices based on clear economic incentive that is linked to the blue economy.