TourismMed Plus: sustainable fishing tourism
Sustainable Tourism

TourismMed Plus: fishing tourism and sustainable tourism in Montenegro

TourismMed Plus is a European project illustrated at the Unimol headquarters in Termoli that aims to implement a sustainable model in the fishing tourism sector also in Montenegro . Unimol teaches and carries out research on a subject whose project seems particularly promising and which integrates “a productive activity such as tourism with another productive activity such as fishing that deserves to be valued also for the development of the territory more generally ”, as stated by Luciano De Bonis, Head of the Adriatic University.

Attentive to the protection of the marine habitat, the project also aims to ensure the continuity of the traditions linked to fishing in the territories involved which are:

  • Termoli with the Aast,
  • Spain with the port of Valencia
  • France with the Petra Patriomonia Corsica cooperative
  • the city of Neum in Bosnia
  • the city of Ulcinj in Montenegro

Fishing tourism and sustainability: from Palermo to Montenegro

“Giving the fisherman the keys to the tourism promotion of a territory works. The European Tourismed Plus project was born talking with the fishermen of a small town in the province of Palermo, Trabia”. Alessandro Melillo

These are the words of Alessandro Melillo, a Sicilian entrepreneur who conceived and drafted the Interreg which was born with a view to “responsible tourism”, integrating artisanal fishing and allowing seafarers to host tourists on board fishing boats. This Interreg is an invitation to public administrations to learn more about fishing tourism to overcome regulations that currently do not allow adequate development of this form of experiential tourism.

Aast is also a partner of the Efintis Cross-border Project, which involves Italy, Albania and Montenegro and aims to strengthen relations between the ports of the Adriatic: Termoli, Bari, Bar and Durres through sustainable cross-border connections, to develop tourist flows and IT, to encourage relations between the local reality and Puglia, Albania and Montenegro.

TourismMed Plus: new solutions against the depletion of marine resources

The TourisMED Plus project has demonstrated that fishing tourism is a replicable response to the common challenges of the Interreg MED Program in order to find new solutions to the threats related to the depletion of marine resources and the decline of the artisanal fishing sector.
“TourisMED Plus has also shown that the bottleneck for the development of fishing tourism is often the poor alignment of the relevant regulations and the real needs of the territories.
In this context, TOURISMED MED PLUS aims to capitalize on the business model of fishing tourism (BM) proposed within TOURISMED as a theoretical basis for the creation of policies for fishing tourism and to facilitate the development of fishing tourism in the new partner territories of the project (Molise, Neum and Ulcini) “.

TourisMed Plus will promote policy reform based on the TourisMed business model. This approach will lead to the following results:

  • A draft, in the target territories, on the reformulation of the policies related to fishing tourism.
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with policy makers in the receiving territories.
  • Capacity building of policy makers for the implementation of TOURISMED BM in local / regional policies.
  • Permanent political forum on fishing tourism

The partnership is made up of: Fundación Valenciaport, PRISM and PETRA PATRIMONIA CORSICA and the three target partners, Autonomous Tourist Board of Termoli, Municipality of Ulcinj and Municipality of Neum.

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martina-hauser Martina Hauser is the founder of 7HILLS,  a company promoted and owned by an Italian-Montenegrin environmentalist with a long history in environmental projects development in Italy, in the Balkans , Brasil, China, Northern Africa.