Development and promotion of Mediterranean Sustainable Adventure Tourism (MEDUSA)

Funded by ENI CBC Med (2014 - 2020)

Tourism in the Mediterranean is a key driver for socio-economic progress and a major income source for many of its countries. Some of the sectorial challenges lie within the predominance of mass seaside tourism and the seasonality of the industry. MEDUSA project tackles these challenges via targeted cross-border interventions in to develop and promote Adventure Tourism (AT), as a sustainable niche in the tourism market that provides the opportunity to reveal lesser-known destinations and attract tourists throughout the whole year. MEDUSA project is co-financed by the European Union under the European Neighborhood Instrument cross-border cooperation program “Mediterranean Sea Basin” 2014-2020 (ENI CBC MED).

Specific objectives:

The overall objective of the project is to develop a competitive form of adventure tourism in the Mediterranean, that is based on environmental, social and economic sustainability values.

Concretely MEDUSA aims to:

  • Identify and valorize territorial assets for developing AT products, especially off-season, based on a thorough understanding of market demand drivers, supply and competitiveness variables.
  • Promote a multi-stakeholder engagement to capacity building and exchange of experiences and adopt strategic alliances that will formalize roles and responsibilities for AT destination stewardships.
  • Implement pilot actions rolling out improved and new AT products, as well as develop and promote tourism packages through a cross-border marketing alliances to international source markets.

Ashraf Barqawi - Project Manager: