Six (6) Work-Packages (WP), comprising several activities each, are foreseen for the project implementation.
The management of the project WP1 foresees operation of a central management structure for the overall project (LP) and one decentralized management structure per PP for coordination of proper activities.
A series of activities for informing on project and disseminating results are planned in WP2 over the whole project period.
In the WP 3 (Re)Shaping of the local common tourism product will be attempted. A strategic document on sustainable tourism will be designed and because of the importance of local actors’ involvement, seminars in all participating areas will take place, organized upon a common guide. In parallel, researches on sustainable tourism resources will be conducted for the stocktaking of tourism assets in the area. An e data base with the research findings will make them widely accessible. A study on the common sustainable tourism product for the whole area will determine tourist “experiences” of the common tourism destination that will be finally discussed on a common conference.
After identification of the tourism product, in WP4 the adaptation of local enterprises and sites to specific requirements is crucial. A guide for sustainability operational standards for enterprises and tourism sites, supporting material (strategy document & agreement protocol) will be designed, a conference and information seminars will be organized, aiming to setting up a volunteers’ network of enterprises and sites. A coordination structure will animate and certify the implementation of required quality and sustainability standards to enterprises and sites.
Once the common sustainable destination is identified, in WP5 devising the areas promotion is required. To this end the area’s marketing plan -with focus on ICT use, due to area’s remoteness- will be designed, researches on available information sources will be conducted, an e data base shall organize the information material. The next step for the areas promotion will be preparing the proper promotion material (short video films, trilingual brochure & flyers, texts and photos from each area for the web portal and green spots).
However, once the common sustainable destination is identified, Destination Management is the subject of growing importance, as destinations compete to provide highest quality of experience to visitors and to manage impacts of tourism on host communities and environments. To this aim in WP6 a common Destination Management Organization (DMO) will be established by local actors. A business plan, local conferences, an Agreement Protocol and animators will support the action. Finally a Destination Management System (DMS) will be implemented. This innovative system should consolidate and distribute a comprehensive range of tourism “experiences” via web platform and e info kiosks “green spots” for promoting the area, and supporting the activities of the DMO. A DMS Operation Guide and Training Manual will also be prepared.