Second Call for Tourism SMEs: LATEST NEWS

Photo Second Call for Tourism SMEs: LATEST NEWS

The Second Call for Rural Tourism SMEs is still open and we share with you our latests news: the budget has increased from 280,000  to 305,000 euros!


With this budget update EU Rural Tourism will be able to support 61 selected SMEs in the form of a service pack valued at 5,000 Euros. The objective is to assist them in designing and developing new tourism products for international markets, incorporating digital, sustainable, and socio-cultural improvements.


The Financial Support program will commence in January 2024 and last for 5 months. During this period, participating SMEs will work closely with qualified consultants (ASPs) from EU member states or third countries participating in the COSME program. These consultants will provide technical assistance and guidance to bridge the digital, eco-sustainability, and soft/social skills gap.


The interested enterprises have to fall under the following NACE classification:

  •     Accommodation (I55)
  •     Travel agency, tour operator reservation service and related activities (N79)
  •     Other NACE codes or in general other activities (where NACE code does not exist) referred to the rural tourism sector.


Only SMEs from the following countries or regions can apply:

Belgium - limited to Wallonia region (max 4 SMEs); Bosnia-Herzegovina (max 7 SMEs); Estonia (max 9 SMEs); Georgia (max 10 SMEs); Greece (max 14 SMEs); Ireland (max 5 SMEs); Italy (max 7 SMEs); The Netherlands (max 10 SMEs); North Macedonia (max 3 SMEs); Romania - limited to the Harghita region (max 6 SMEs); Slovenia (max 7 SMEs) and Spain - limited to Aragón, Cataluña, La Rioja, Navarra regions (max 9 SMEs).


Interested in applying to this new call? Get to know all the details here and apply before January 16th at 17:00h Brussels time!