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Welcome to Dante Project

Digital Agenda for New Tourism Approach in European Rural and Mountain Areas

Tourism can generate growth and employment in the EU and contribute to economic and social integration of rural and mountain areas, particularly if supported by access to information and communication technologies (ICT), the driver of the knowledge economy. However, adoption of ICT applications in SMEs and in mountain and rural territories remains relatively low. Tourism in remote areas faces also other challenges, for instance, due to the negative consequences of climate change. Regional and local tourism policies should take that into account and promote tourism potential of mountain and rural areas through ICT dedicated policies.

erwerwerDANTE aims to promote a new regional policy approach to designing a knowledge-based plan for the tourism sector. The objective of DANTE is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies in the area of innovation by enhancing the role of ICT in tourism industry in rural and mountain areas. The project optimises nine innovative good practices that demonstrate the benefits of Information Society for competitiveness of the tourism sector in disadvantaged areas.

DANTE network involves 13 project partners, covering a wide geographic area of 10 Regions in 8 Member States. The partnership includes partners with ICT experience at regional level and with experience in developing tourism strategy of rural and mountain territories. The partners exchange experience in running regional ICT projects for rural and mountain areas. They develop an effective plan for each Region to address their tourism challenges by ICT tools and methodologies, and demonstrate transferability of the good practices in a pilot action. Two project partners ensure a wide promotion of DANTE achievements at the EU level.

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.