DIGITOUR PROJECT is coordinated by the Venetian Heritage Cluster (Venetia, Italy), the only productive cluster of cultural and environmental heritage in Italy: it coordinates 800 enterprises and 24 bodies such as Universities, research centres, public bodies, and laboratories in Italy and it collaborates with around 2,000 partners internationally.
The Consortium participants have been selected in view of obtaining a well-balanced group with different roles and experiences, but all involved in networks of SMEs and the tourism sector, with expertise and know-how about direct support to SMEs. They are also all experienced in international cooperation and EU projects and many of them already participate in EU networks as the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
The DIGITOUR consortium represents eight countries that provide a representative picture of the European tourism panorama, from north to south, from east to west. Some of these countries are among the top world destinations for international arrivals, such as France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. Some others are emerging destinations, such as eastern countries. In each of the participating countries, the tourism sector was severely impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. In some regions, which are well represented by the project partnership, the impact was even stronger, due to the high dependence on tourism activities (such as coastal and outermost regions, as well as rural areas), as shown in the below map on the vulnerability of the tourism sector in Europe.
The geographical scope of the consortium will guarantee a wide impact of the DIGITOUR project at the European level, considering that, besides the 8 countries directly involved in the partnership, each partner is able to involve subjects from other countries thanks to existing international networks in which all partners are strong and well-positioned.