Social innovation and technologies for sustainable growth through participative cultural tourism


Cultural Tourism (CT) represents about 37% of the tourism sector, with an annual growth of around 15%. This 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 entrepeneurs) 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. This can be done upon 8 pilots to conceive and design collaborative work methodologies for their sites. 


  • Review the existing procedures, tools and strategies based on participatory approaches all around Europe that can be consulted or capitalized during the project implementation. 
  • Establish a strong dialogue with Pilot´s representatives and related stakeholders. 
  • Involve these Pilot´s communities in the design and data collection phases. 
  • Demosntrate a wide set of strategies to promote CT in relevant urban and rural domains and their nexuses with economic growth and employment indicators. 


  • Setting up Lab Communities, composed of a wide range of stakeholders with a relevant role in the development of CT sector for each Pilot. 
  • Guiding these stakeholders through the CT-Labs (Lab Communities in action) for the implementation, monitoring and validation of the CT ad hoc strategies. 
  • Preparing a modular and scalable EU Action Plan for CT Development. 

Expected Results

  • Identifying of strategies, procedures and tools to promote socio-economical development across Europe and beyond in order to assess the effectiveness and sustainability in attracting, managing and diversifying CT in the EU. 
  • Establishing the key success factors and appropriate methodologies for leveraging CT upon synergistic factors relying on communities further tahn typical historical-picturesque heritage. 



No. 101004687

Total Budget: 3.816.125 €
CARTIF Grant: 310.750€
Duration: 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2024

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Pedro Martín Lerones

Pedro Martín Lerones

Head of Cultural & Natural Heritage Area


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