Governance for sustainable tourism

Leader: Tarragona Provincial Council

Partners: Massa Carrara Province, Savona Province, Mantova Province, Aude Departmental Council. 

Associated partners / Observers: Alpes Maritimes Departmental Council, Lleida Provincial Council 

Total budget: 41.000 euros

Co-funding(Latin Arc): 5.000 euros







Governance models for Sustainable Tourism

Project Description

The future of the tourism sector will depend – to a greater extent – on the capacity of public and private entities to work together on a common and shared tourism model. Cooperation between public and private sectors becomes an indispensable possibility for development.

Cooperation between local, national and international tourism organizations is crucial for the success of sustainable tourism in Europe.

It is also essential to analyse the key territorial elements and conceive a governance model for the tourism sector that could be replicated in other territories. To this end, commercial and institutional interests should meet sectorial interests so as to ensure the development and sustainability of the tourism sector.

The territory – conceived as a touristic space – is subject to political intervention, one that shall ensure sustainable development, improve the competitiveness of touristic areas and focus its efforts on the consolidation of new touristic spaces and products. In this vein, it is also necessary to create an integrated approach and a strategic vision of tourism in order to strengthen cooperation, planification and complementariety among local municipalities and to forge strong partnerships.

This project aims to integrate public and private actors into a common strategy with the goal of working alongside each other on transversal synergies while ensuring an effective procedure. 


Cooperation and synergy between the public and private sectors encompass the definition of a common working basis between those actors and a global vision of the territory, along with its resources and environment.

These are the variables that have been taken into account:

1. Analysis of the situation and identification of obstacles.
2. Joint cooperation and awareness.
3. Design of a reference model for Latin Arc countries.
  • Design of a strategy focusing on public and private capacity management in order to mobilize and work on synergies through a common model for all Latin Arc countries. 
  • Information exchange on positive and negative experiences and their implications.


· Partnership creation 

· Elaboration of a methodological design for the study of governance in the tourism sector drawing on the existing synergies and relations.

·  Design of the analysis 

·  Preparation and dissemination of a survey for local public and private actors. 

·  Analysis of surveys and best practices and elaboration of final report. 

· Discussion seminar (dissemination of final report and recommendations). 


Elaboration and publication of a study on a Governance Model for the Tourism sector in the Latin Arc.

Final seminar in Tarragona


Experiences, challenges and opportunities of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the Mediterranean: Final Seminar of the SSE project

The conference entitled “Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): Innovative Solutions to Development Problems in Mediterranean countries?” was held in Toulouges (France) on December 13. This event was the final seminar of the “Study on Social and Solidarity Economy in the Latin Arc”. Led by the Pyrénées-Orientales Department, the SSE project partnership is comprised of members from all three Latin Arc states – such as France’s CRESS Corsica, Haute Corse and Hérault Departments, Spain’s Tarragona, Granada and Lleida Provincial Councils as well as Italy’s Mantova and Viterbo Provinces. The partnership has been working on the project for two years.

4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean in Tangiers: territorial diplomacy for concrete cooperation actions in the Mediterranean.

The 4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean was held in Tangiers on Nov 30th. Political representatives from several Mediterranean countries joined the political round table in order to discuss the role of local and regional governments in the construction of Mediterranean diplomacy.

Latin Arc New Website Out Now!

The Latin Arc brand new website is out now! Our new site presents readers with an improved design that contains 7 sections covering the latest news and events, former and on-going projects, policy actions and partnerships.



Save the date: Kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism to be held in Marseille on March 16-17th

The kick-off meeting of the Thematic Community on Sustainable Tourism will be held in Marseille on March 16-17th.

Latin Arc to host “European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day” on Feb. 23rd in Barcelona

The Latin Arc will host the European Cooperation Projects Workshop Day on February 23rd in Barcelona. The event will be comprised of several preparatory workshops for the submission of projects to the upcoming EU funding calls.

First working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects to be held Lleida on February 7th

Latin Arc will participate in the first working meeting of the ES-EM-CIA and EMPL-ECO-MED projects. These two initiatives, which were approved last October in Latin Arc’s call for projects, focus on issues of employment and entrepreneurship in rural areas.