InRuTou – Innovation in Rural Tourism

Tourism Project

Status: Closed after Sept 2014
Category: Projects and initiatives for tourism development with only partial contents for sustainability
Link to the Tourism Strategy: Objective 2 - Develop innovative tourism management, fully integrating the needs of local people and economies and other supporting sectors, and respecting he preservation of natural and cultural heritage
Duration of the project: 2012–2015
Objectives and results of the project:

The project aimed at developing and testing a set of tools and innovative models for facilitating the development of sustainable tourism in rural areas, specifically in mountainous regions, by fostering a community consultation process, and for training selected opinion leaders to act as multipliers in enhancing community tourism planning via training existing and new local tourism operators, with various degrees of experience, professional and educational background.
The project brought together partners (universities, research institutes and regional development organisations) from 6 countries, and its activities were implemented in six pilot areas located in five countries and across 3 different mountain ranges: the Alps, the Apennines, and the Carpathians.
The project was based on an ICT – enhanced approach, including E-learning, an online Sharing Platform, and a desktop and mobile application – all described in the InRuTou Transferability Manual. Another project publication, Cases from European Mountain Communities, introduces the beneficiary communities – pilot sites of the project in Austria, Italy, Poland, Romania and Ukraine and presents the process of the testing and results in each participating area. The aim of this final project publication was to provide inspiration and concrete examples of implementing the InRuTou training.

Implementing organization / institution:

IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems (Krems, Austria), 3500 Krems, +43 2732 802 0,,

Project partners:

SOPHIA Research & Innovation (Rome, Italy),
Associazione seed (Canobbio, Switzerland),
EURAC (Bolzano, Italy),
UNEP VIENNA SCC (Vienna, Austria),
ROMONTANA (Vatra Dornei, Romania),
Green Dossier (Kyiv, Ukraine),

Total amount of the project: EUR 566,359
Financing institution(s): Others
Name of program(s): Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), Sectorial Sub Programme: KA3 - ICT
Project website: