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Client:European Commission (DG-Enterprise), subcontracted through Comunit√° Montana Associazione dei Comuni Trasimeno-Medio Tevere
Product:Final report: Manual of excellence in lake tourism in Europe

SLOW TOUR (Sustainable Lake Oriented Walking Tourism) is a project funded by the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry within the Programme Competiveness and Innovation Framework (CIP) under the call “Knowledge Networks for the competitiveness and sustainability of European tourism”.

SLOW TOUR's goal is to make tourism on and around European lakes more sustainable and competitive. To achieve this, best-practices, certifications and networks in lake tourism were gathered and analysed within a coherent framework, leading to a “Manual of Excellence of Lake tourism in Europe” as its main product. 

CSTT's contribution was mainly focused on a Sustainability Impact Assessment of a number of European lake destinations, and the development of indicators and benchmarks for sustainable tourism products in lake areas.

Sustainability Impact Assesment pie graph for a lake area

Lago Trasimeno (photo: Peeters)

For SLOW TOUR, the NHTV Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport was subcontracted through Comunitá Montana Associazione dei Comuni Trasimeno - Medio Tevere (Italy). The other parties are Global Nature FUND, representing the Living Lakes network, and the University of Perugia. The project ran from June 2010 to November 2011.
The final product, the Manual of excellence in lake tourism in Europe, can be downloaded here: slowtour-manual-finalreport-s.pdf (note: 13 Mb).

An important annex, containing full results of the project's visitor survey, GIS analysis and Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the participating lakes, can be downloaded here: slowtour-annex3.4-sia-visitor-survey-results-s.pdf (7 Mb).

The Manual can be cited as follows:
Canalicchio, M., Montagnoli, L., Boggia, A., Cortina, C., Paolotti, L., Pitteri, A., Rocchi, L., Eijgelaar, E., Jeuring, J., Landré, M., Nawijn, J., Peeters, P., Piket, P., Hammerl, M., Jablonski, S. (2011). Manual of excellence in lake tourism in Europe. Magione, Italy: Comunità Montana Associazione dei Comuni Trasimeno - Medio Tevere; University of Perugia DSEEA; NHTV CSTT; Global Nature Fund.
This webpage has been partly funded by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry. The content reflects only the view of the authors and the Commission can not be considered responsible.