Funded by

Erasmus+, KA2

Federica Gravina
Project Officer - SERN


Empowering Micro Destinations for Sustainable Tourism

About the project

The MIST project aims to address the challenges and opportunities of sustainable management and development of emerging and established micro destinations in the European Union. Micro destinations often have unique cultural, natural, and historical assets that can attract visitors. These are not limited to sites, but often include intangible cultural and historical assets. These assets can be used to develop sustainable tourism strategies that preserve local identity and heritage while at the same time ensuring economic benefits for local communities.

However, these destinations are also vulnerable to the negative impacts of tourism, such as hyper-seasonality, swings between over- and under-tourism, environmental degradation, and cultural commodification. Additionally, regions and municipalities struggle when it comes to streamlining methods for managing the developing clusters of micro destinations and retaining competence on micro destination development.


The general objective of MIST is to contribute to the development of knowledge sharing and capacity building among tourism stakeholders across Europe.

There are three specific objectives of the MIST project:


  • Firstly, to develop a framework of good practices for sustainable micro destination development, including guidelines and methods that can be applied by regions and municipalities to develop and manage micro destinations in a more sustainable and resilient way.
  • Secondly, to facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity building among tourism stakeholders across Europe, enabling them to learn from each other and share good practices with one another.
  • And finally, to promote the implementation of sustainable tourism strategies in micro destinations that are to the benefit for both the visitors and the local communities, increasing the awareness and adoption of sustainable tourism practices among tourism stakeholders (including tourism organizations, community members, municipalities, local government, and other public partners).


Two activities have been planned to achieve the objectives of the project:

  • Collecting and benchmarking good practices across four countries in the European Union, discussing them at various seminars and producing a handbook that will be translated into the four languages of the participating organizations.
  • A three-day transnational seminar in Sweden, aimed at promoting the sustainable and responsible development of micro-destinations.

Finally, the results of the project are to be presented locally in each one of the four countries in four separate online events, promoting the good practices to local actor participants from the sector of micro destination development.

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