Content submitted by CSI CYPRUS - Center for Social Innovation (www.csicy.com) – LOUKIA TSANGARIDOU
Submited Date : 16/02/2021

CEnTOUR - CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN TOURISM is a European project funded by COSME, with duration from September 2020 to September 2023. CENTOUR is a strategic opportunity to develop and test innovative ideas to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector towards the transition to a circular economy, fostering an integrated system at local/regional level.

SMEs, in particular of the tourism sector, are slowly approaching the challenges of moving from a linear to a circular economic model and, given the average size, do not normally have the resources and skills to face it with the appropriate tools and references. Tourism systems are very tied systems that benefit from an integrated approach to business development, both in terms of efficiency and promotion. It is therefore important to support SMEs in the development and implementation of circular businesses (in terms of knowledge transfer, skills, innovation, certifications) and to realize them within an integrated system for the local development.

CENTOUR fosters innovative solutions for sustainable tourism development and management of tourism enterprises, through transnational cooperation and knowledge transfer, in particular toward SMEs focused on local supply chains and developing industrial symbiosis to develop circular business models.

The Consortium of CEnTOUR is consisted of 10 partner entities:
P1. Marche Chamber of Commerce –ITALY
P2. Marche Politechnic University UNIVPM – ITALY
P3. Chamber of Commerce of Cantabria – SPAIN
P5. ODIMM Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises Sector Development – MOLDOVA
P6. BICT Business Innovation Center – NORTH MACEDONIA
P7. Xanthi Chamber Of Commerce – GREECE
P8. Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) – CYPRUS
P9.Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce- ITALY
P10. Progetto ARCADIA - ITALY