The GATE Project for inclusive tourism
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The aim of the GATE project is to collaborate on a cross-border level to make sure that inclusive tourism is no longer just the “highlight” of certain alpine areas, but expands all over, becoming a true strength within the cooperating area.
GATE is an opportunity for growth of the whole tourist offer, promoting what we define as an “experiential” approach: seeing, hearing, touching, breathing and, of course, tasting the mountains!
GATE is a Cross-border Cooperation project financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020 programme. The UNESCO Dolomites Foundation, the independent L. Social Cooperative, the Municipality of Santorso, CAI Alpago, the University of Innsbruck, and Salzburg Research are all partners in the project.
PROJECT DURATION AND TYPE
|PROJECT DURATION||33 months – Start: 1 March 2018 End: 30 November 2020
Extension approved until 31 December 2020
|PRIORITY AXIS||2 – Nature and Culture|
|THEMATIC OBJECTIVE||6 – Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency|
|SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE||4 – Protection and enhancement of natural and cultural heritage|
|ACTION||10 – Protection, conservation and soft enhancement of shared natural and cultural heritage|
|CALL OF REFERENCE||Interreg V-A Italia-Österreich 2014-2020 – Call 2017|
FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE EU ERDF 849.010,50 €
NATIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT 73.139,59 €
OVERALL PROJECT BUDGET 1.007.089,10 €
By means of new technologies (mobile devices, augmented and virtual reality, beacons) GATE affirms the concept of inclusive tourism in UNESCO areas, the Alps and the Prealps. Inclusive tourism implies the possibility for anyone to live an interesting and enriching experience regardless of natural, physical and semantic obstacles. GATE gathers together local and regional governments, private organizations and research institutions with the purpose of promoting inclusive tourism as strength of the Alpine area, in order to increase the local tourism offer, promoting bio and geo diversity. Giving to the people the opportunity to experience the knowledge is the way to reach these goals. The cross-border cooperation is a GATE’s essential element, necessary not only for knowledge exchange, but also for implementing guidelines, languages and uniform standards of inclusive hospitality as well. The pilot projects give value to different sites, proving the flexibility of accessible tourism tools. Thanks to a demonstrative, participative and formative approach, GATE promotes inclusive tourism among public bodies and tourist operators as instruments for enforcing the touristic promotion of local areas.
GATE aims to be a flagship initiative toward a sustainable and inclusive Europe, where tourism is an experience that enhances the knowledge of the people and protect the territories and their heritage.
Financed by the European Regional Development Fund and by Interreg V-A Italia-Österreich 2014-2020
Public financing: 922,150.09 €