TExTOUR – Social Innovation and TEchnologies for sustainable growth through participative cultural TOURism

Cultural Tourism (CT) plays a crucial role in today’s economies, representing about 37% of the total tourism sector, with an annual growth of around 15%. This role and impact on the economy can be capitalized by certain regions and sites of EU and beyond having a high cultural, social and environmental potential. TExTOUR mobilizes 18 partners, represented in the quintuple social innovation helix (knowledge, business, society, government and entrepreneurs) to co-design, validate and upscale to various levels, policies and strategies with positive impact on the socio-economic territorial development based on cultural tourism. TExTOUR uses ICTs and social innovation tools to work with 8 Cultural Tourism Pilots in less known areas to conceive and design collaborative work methodologies for the development of CT strategies for their sites. Each pilot sets up Labs Communities, composed of a wide range of stakeholders with a relevant role in the development of CT sector. The stakeholders are guided through the Cultural Tourism-Labs for the implementation, monitoring and validation of the CT ad hoc strategies. The project develops procedures services and tools and carries out activities, proposed in the methodology. Their results are used to prepare a modular and scalable EU Action Plan for Cultural Tourism Development.


The project is realised by consortium:

  1. Fundación Santa María la Real- Project Leader
  3. Cyprus University of Technology
  4. Fundación CARTIF
  5. LINKS Foundation
  6. UNION CAMERE Lombardia
  7. Narva Municipality
  9. Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas
  10. Historic Cities Association
  11. Metropolitan Research Institute
  12. NETZ Via Regia Cultural Route
  13. Centre for Spatial Research
  14. GAIA Heritage
  15. Rivine Oblast
  16. Fundacao Coa Parque
  17. University of Bologna
  18. Fundazione ICONS

Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas will be cooperate with regional partner Stowarzyszenie Ziemi Tarnogórskiej, Poland, and Pilot case will be Zabytkowa Kopalnia Srebra i Ołowiu w Tarnowskich Górach, Poland


Project duration: 2021-2024

Total Project Budget: 3.816.125,00 € ( w trakcie negocjacji z Komisją)

Grant agreemnet No.: 101004687

Coordinator at IETU – Dr. Justyna Gorgoń, email:

Project website: https://textour-project.eu/

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This project has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme



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