BARRABES was founded in 2000. After creating the first e-commerce shop in Europe in 1993 and building a successful business, Barrabés.biz was created to help others create new businesses with innovative solutions. It provides its expertise and know-how in innovation, digitalisation, and enterprise to actively help leading businesses, public authorities, SMEs, and start-ups. It also puts in use the new skills required by the digital era and assists in the cultural transformation of organizations through the implementation of new digital habits thanks to flexible and effective methodologies. Barrabes.biz counts with a set of tools that help boost innovation: a proprietary platform to efficiently manage innovation, following open innovation principle, a proprietary platform for easy and active training of SMEs in digital capacities (Attitude Academy), and innovation spaces managing La Nave (the urban innovation space of the Municipality of Madrid), Madrid in Motion (Madrid urban mobility hub) and the Circular Economy Innovation Centre of Madrid. Since 2019, Barrabés.bis is also organizing Mañana (Tomorrow): an event inspired in the SDGs, involving stakeholders interested in sustainability. Finally, Barrabés is leading Distrito Turismo (Tourism District) in the Valencian Region to build and support a tourism innovation ecosystem.
B.LINK is a small and medium enterprise founded in 2014. The firm currently counts with an international and multidisciplinary team of consultants specialised in EU and international funding, offering support services that cover all the cycle of the project, starting from the identification of suitable funding opportunities to project development, as well as management of project funds according to the specific rules and procedures of the donor. Building on this solid experience, B.LINK offers a wide array of training and consultancy services to entities of the public, private and academic sector.
In the field of tourism competitiveness and sustainability, B.LINK has offered consultancy services for the development and implementation of an important number of projects with European funding.
Naturpolis Ltd (FINLAND)
Naturpolis Ltd is owned by the city of Kuusamo and the municipality of Taivalkoski. Its task is to promote the creation of profitable businesses and new jobs in the Kuusamo Region, to develop the operational preconditions of enterprises and the business environment in the region and to promote regional business cooperation. In addition, Naturpolis administers regional development projects. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Naturpolis helped SMEs apply for funding that has been available to cover the loss in their turnover. It has strong SME networks in the area and works closely together with tourist associations.
Tourism is the main business branch in the area. Sustainability and responsible tourism development are the main points in development activities in ongoing and past tourism projects.
Naturpolis led a sustainable tourism project to help SMEs obtain sustainability certificates and participate in Visit Finland’s Sustainable Travel Finland programme, which aims to get sustainability certificates to tourism destinations in Finland.
Naturpolis also leads the tourism project “Gateway to Land of National Parks”. The project brings all the tourist regions served by the Kuusamo Airport together to collaborate on increasing international tourism and year-round accessibility of the region especially by foregrounding the national parks of the area. In this project particular attention is paid to the fact that the area will develop so that it will be known for its quality services and sustainable business practices. With the help of digital service paths and the improvement of the findability and online purchasability of tourism services, the area will also be more easily accessible. Naturpolis has also a tourism project on data and knowledge management, of relevance to the current project.
QUANTITAS SRL (ITALY)
QUANTITAS is a tech start-up, incubated at VEGA Technology Science Park in Venice, and its mission is to develop and offer businesses services and products related to the entire data processing and evaluation chain.
Quantitas was created to develop decision support systems in highly complex contexts, designing tools and setting itself the challenge to implement methodologies for collection, processing, analysis, and simulation of real-world data related to business decisions. Quantitas helps private and public organizations to extract data knowledge and inform business decisions with advanced predictive analytics tools for impact valuation and cost effectiveness analysis, and products with interactive modes and high-impact, eye-catching dynamic data animation for presentations and demonstrations.
ZRC SAZU (SLOVENIA)
ZRC SAZU is a leading Slovenian research centre in the humanities and a cutting-edge academic institution in Central, East and Southeast Europe. It encompasses 18 research institutes and conducts research on a variety of topics linked with cultural heritage and sustainable tourism. ZRC SAZU has its own publishing house, audio-visual laboratory and numerous collections. Experiences in the field of sustainable tourism and SME support:
- Creating support tools for sustainable tourism certification.
- Organising capacity building activities for tourism providers and DMOs
- Improvement of national sustainable tourism certification.
- Research on tourism business experiences with certification
- Setting up sustainability criteria for developing tourism products
- Facilitating the cooperation among SMEs, between SMEs and public authorities; facilitating the development of tourism product, including testing.
ZRC SAZU is member of Sustainable Tourism Community, operating within Interreg MED programme.
CONSEJERIA DE CULTURA TURISMO Y DEPORTES DE LA JUNTA DE EXTREMADURA (SPAIN)
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of Junta de Extremadura (ES). It is responsible for exercising the functions of setting the guidelines and developing them in matters of Tourism Promotion and Planning in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, the exercise of administrative powers in matters of tourism business and activities, the programming and execution of tourism promotion plans, the impulse to achieve the greatest and best training in the sector and the development of inspection tasks in accordance with the approved plans in this regard. Likewise, it is responsible for the management and administration of the tourist facilities whose ownership corresponds to the Autonomous Community of Extremadura.
ASOCIATIA JUDETEANA DE TURISM SIBIU (ROMANIA)
Sibiu County Tourism Association ensures the coordinated management and marketing of Sibiu County tourism destination by making responsible use of the territory’s natural and cultural resources with benefits for businesses, residents, and guests alike.
Their efforts build on the UN sustainability goals and they are eager to work through nature with the local SMEs and the partner regions to achieve more regarding the sustainable and creative use of natural resources.
50% of Sibiu County’s territory is covered by protected areas. The Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian Highlands are rich reservoirs of biodiversity, and the valuable ingredient for ecotourism destinations. Sky as a natural resource will be integrated in nature positive tourism roadmaps as they aim to transform Sibiu County into an ecotourism destination with diversified and high-quality nature experiences (wildlife watching, dark sky, nature wellness).
Sibiu County Tourism Association has expertise in the following fields:
- Develop quality and sustainability guidelines for SMEs (e.g., green accommodation within the “European Tourism Going Green 2030‟ project, Sibiu local breakfast, Guidelines for sustainable events).
- Promote ICT-based knowledge tools and platforms for SMEs (RU ready for certification? tool, aniidrumetiei.ro website/app).
- Transfer experiences and knowledge through workshops, conferences, field visits at local and European level.
- Capacity building programs to develop and promote new sustainable tourism products that enrich the destination’s identity, respond to the new travelling trends, and accelerate sustainable tourism revival.
- Work with multidisciplinary teams to document, develop, and promote ecotourism policies, infrastructure, services, and experiences.
- Measuring the sustainability performance is a key activity of the organisation. The destination is being assisted by experts to improve its sustainability KPIs through the Smart Tourism Destinations program.