Transitioning to a more sustainable and resilient ecosystem – empowering tourism SMEs


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Single Market Programme (SMP) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.

Programme Details

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Transitioning to a more sustainable and resilient ecosystem – empowering tourism SMEs


The general objective of this call for proposals is to enhance the competitiveness of tourism ecosystem, in particular the SMEs in the tourism ecosystem. It aims at equipping and empowering SMEs to become more resilient by building capacity of SMEs to successfully carry out the twin transition towards more sustainable, digital and competitive practices as prioritised in the Tourism Transition Pathway.

Detailed Call Description

Although there is plenty of information available on these topics, it is not easy for SMEs to access, understand and translate all this information into their daily activities.

Tourism SMEs need support to incorporate models of management and behavioural change in their actions, in their management and in their economic activity, increasing their resilience, digitalisation and sustainability. In the broader context around these lines, SMEs shall be enabled to reflect on their overall impact on society and the economy.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • To collect best practices regarding resilience, digital and sustainable changes relevant to tourism SMEs in the tourism ecosystem, with a view to disseminating them amongst the tourism stakeholders, including tourism SMEs.
  • To organise specific training sessions for key tourism stakeholders on increasing resilience, sustainability (in its environmental, social and economic aspects), as well as on digitalisation as an enabler for sustainability. The purpose of this training is to enable these key stakeholders to act as multipliers, by becoming trainers and transferring the knowledge in their local ecosystems, with a view to reaching a high number of tourism SMEs.
  • To enable tailored capacity building for tourism SMEs to increase their resilience, sustainability (in its environmental, social and economic aspects), as well as on digitalisation, namely regarding tools and management strategies towards sustainability, consulting on certification, and on available funding that contribute to those goals.
  • To support SMEs in the tourism ecosystem to develop and implement new business strategies, new products and cross sectoral approaches that promote and increase resilient practices in their daily activities.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement (100% for the costs for providing financial support to third parties and 90% for all other cost categories).

Thematic Categories

  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
  • Tourism

Eligibility for Participation

  • Educational Institutions
  • International Organisations
  • Legal Entities
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries).

Consortium composition – Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with all following conditions:

  • minimum five (5) and a maximum eight (8) independent entities from minimum three (3) different eligible countries
  • minimum two (2) business support organisations (BSO) from two (2) different eligible countries
  • minimum two (2) destination management organisations (DMO) from two (2) different eligible countries
  • minimum one (1) training institution with training or research as principal function, such as an education institution, university, training centre or research centre

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry
Industry and Technology Service
1421, Nicosia, Cyprus

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333

EU Contact Point

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