MED Project: Tourism and Urban Safety in the Mediterranean

The EFUS is currently looking for partners to join a Mediterranean cooperation effort on tourism and urban safety. Interested cities can participate in a series of transnational thematic seminars, each one hosted in a partner city in order to strengthen their local partnership between relevant actors in prevention, urban safety, and tourism.

If you are interested in joining this project and accessing EU co-financing to improve you local tourism industry, please contact us by April 30th, 2008.

TUSMED – Tourism and Urban Safety in the Mediterranean

OBJECTIVES: The TUSMED project aims to develop tourism around the Mediterranean through the improvement of urban safety by a series of exchanges and joint development of tools. It’s objective is to build a network on the importance of safety for the sustainable development of tourism and the related service industries. 

We propose the organisation of six major events (conferences) around six topics in which the network has made a prior investigation and preparation work. Each one will be organised by one of the partners, who will also be responsible of the previous research, preparation, coordination and organisation the intra-network cooperation. A following last conference will bring together findings from all thematic conferences and disseminate the results. 

The proposed topics are:
1. How safe are your visitors? Assessing the specific safety needs of tourism and related service industries, and development of efficient tools for audits and situational analysis.
2. Getting on board: Helping your security forces and other city employees to be part of the tourism industry.
3. Training Your Police: Tourism Oriented Policing (TOP) – How to train local police for the improvement of tourism.
4. Managing large events: tourism, public events, festivals and parties, and the management of related risks.
5. Dealing with change: how to address new challenges, build partnerships and mobilise new resources.
6. Integration of marginalized communities in tourism and the service industries

In each one of those, the preparation phase will include the development of specific materials and tools to be discussed, further developed, and approved in the conference. The materials could be:
A. Assessment tools (i.e. identification of a set of objective indicators that could indicate a ‘risk level’ for tourist destinations, events, key places, etc.)
B. Development of courses or training materials (e.g; a course on ‘Tourism Oriented Policing’)
C. Identification of Best Practices (on safety in tourism, managing large events, local partnerships and other topics)
D. Other materials according to your specific needs

The conferences can include:
A. Academic colloquium on the specific needs of tourism as regards urban safety, giving an overview of current research and analysis on both aspects.
B. Workshops for participating cities and regions in order to exchange and evaluate experiences, and to develop new tools, strategies, and projects and to expand existing partnerships on economic development of the tourism sector as well as urban safety coalitions.
C. Multilateral field visits to other participating project partners in order to analyse in detail their framework for promotion of tourism and urban safety through local policies
D. Approval and presentation of the materials developed by the partners.

PARTNERSHIP: You are invited to join this network now and participate with four persons from different sectors (local administration, tourism, safety, associations) to all conferences and workshops organised. Two types of partnerships are possible, either you simply assist to the series of conferences, or you additionally host one of these international events in your own city. We envision the following scheme of participation:

PARTNER TYPE 1: Participant
Responsibilities: Participate with four representatives in at least 4 of the 6 thematic areas and conferences, support the development of preparatory materials, participate in the final dissemination conference.

Budget: 50’000 € out of which staff costs, all travel and accommodation costs, and all other project costs are covered.  EU-funding will be around  37’500 €, your local co-financing over three years will be 12’500 € (annual co-financing  4166,66 €). Approx. 10000 € of this contribution can be in-kind in form of valorisation of personnel working hours spent on the project.

Number of partners: 4-6    
Download the LETTER OF INTENT for this type 1 of partnership

PARTNER TYPE 2: Leader of one of the thematic areas
Responsibilities : Same as partner type 1 plus additionally taking the lead in one of the thematic areas. Compiling, producing and translating the relevant materials, experiences, best practices etc. Boosting exchanges among partners. Organising and hosting one of the thematic conference. Publishing the results.

Budget: 150’000 € out of which staff costs, all travel and accommodation costs, and all other project costs including publications and translations are covered.  EU-funding will be around 112’500 €, your local co-financing over three years will be 37’500 € (annual co-financing 12’500 €). Almost the entire amount of this contribution can be in-kind in form of valorisation of personnel working hours spent on the project and conference room rentals.

Number of partners: 5
Download the LETTER OF INTENT for this type 2 of partnership

Overall Project Budget: approx. 1.250.000,00 €

BUDGET & CO-FINANCING: European co-financing is 75% of eligible costs for partners from “old” EU member states, and 85% for partners from “new” EU member states. Participating cities should contribute financially to the project’s budget as indicated above, but will in return have all costs covered for travel, missions, accomodation etc. All project partners are required to contribute financially to the project, and should send us a signed letter of intent (Type 1 or Type 2) by April 30th, 2008 at the latest. In return, all project activities will be covered by the budget thus constituted and co-financed by the EU Commission.

ELIGIBILITY: The Med programme covers the following areas: The Mediterranean coastal regions of Portugal, Spain, France as well as the whole of Italy, Malta, Greece, Slovenia and Cyprus. Croatia and Montenegro may participate as candidate countries (based on contributions from IPA). Other countries from the Western Balkans have the possibility to join the programme later. 10% of partners can come from other EU member states. Projec proposals must include partners from at least three different EU member states.
Partners for this project can be public and private actors, in fact public-private-partnerships are even encouraged.

Under the leadership of the city of EIVISSA/IBIZA (Spain), further partners are currently sought with the support of the European Forum’s secretariat in Paris. Assistance can be given on the refinement of the project proposal and activities, budget construction and establishment of the partnership. Please contact us if you are interested in taking part in these exchanges as a cooperation partner!

Tourism is an important economic factor in most coastal regions of the mediterranean sea, and in many cases the core pillar of economic development. At the same time, high competition between different destinations for tourists from central and Northern European countries has required cities and regions to improve their infrastructure, the tourism-related service industries, and the environment.
Safety and security are vital to providing quality in tourism. More than any other economic activity, the success or failure of a tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors. Therefore, tourism needs good urban safety policies for the obvious reason that people only like to come and return to places where they feel safe. The most important factor in this is the subjective impression of tourists, which can be positively but also negatively influenced by police presence, efficient and swift action in case of problems, empathically addressing language barriers, cultural differences, and different needs according to gender, age, family situation, etc. While police presence and efficient legal systems should be a required minimum, many cities and regions have begun to understand the importance of preventive measures in order to avoid negative press and disappointment on the part of tourists.
Tourism is unfortunately linked with specific forms of crime due to its links with transportations centres, travel, cultural and linguistic insecurities, and it must deal with a constant flow of new, and at times disoriented people. Tourism is also big business, highly media oriented, and heavily marketed, sometimes to the point of becoming a nation’s cultural pride and heritage.
The prevention of crimes such as burglaries, car theft, hand bag robberies, but also violent crime such as rape, injury, or car accidents is of course a serious concern for all local authorities in regions touched by tourism. In addition to these, the tourism sector has particular needs that usually require good urban safety policies in the management of public space: public order and quiet, but also sufficient space for recreational and festive activities, a good state of public spaces, prevention of problems linked to public drinking and drug consumption (including binge drinking), as well as the management of neighbourhood conflicts are important factors to be considered for any area living from tourism, since tourism needs high levels of feeling safe (subjective factor).
 In addition to co-ordination and co-operation at the national level, there is a need for extending and strengthening regional co-ordination and co-operation among all parties involved in ensuring tourism surety by combating crime and protecting both residents and visitors, as well as destination’s reputation.
Cities and regions around the Mediterranean sea have many and varying experiences in infrastructure development, but there is at times a lack of exchanges and common strategies in developing urban safety policies and practice that are tailored to the needs of tourism and the related service industries. This is particularly true when looking at new challenges such as irregular migration, trafficking, prostitution, panhandling, environmental risks, or overboarding developments in the party scene of coastal resorts.
In order to address these challenges and to implement good urban safety policies, cities are in need of functioning tools for audits and safety analyses, and for the development of working strategies. In this process, exchanges of experiences and best practices are key in order to transfer knowledge and learn from each other, and be it only not to miss out on positive developments that are made elsewhere.
If local initiatives and actions are to have a positive and lasting impact, they must benefit from effective co-ordination and co-operation, including the sharing of information and harmonising of strategies across national boundaries. They must also be fully supported by other principal partners, including all relevant local actors, local and regional authorities, the tourism industry and the community at large.
The EFUS therefore proposes to use the MED programme for a project proposal that would allow for the realisation of a series of measures for exchange and working together on the all issues of growing importance for tourism and urban safety.