Tourism Strategy for Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime
The Tourism Company has had a longstanding relationship with the Alpi Marittime nature park, a high mountain protected area on the Italian-French border. Starting in 1998, we prepared their first sustainable tourism strategy, based on the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. We went on to help them develop a far stronger understanding of their visitor profile and experiences, through an extensive vistior survey conducted by interviewers throughout the park, translated into English and French as well as Italian. We also worked with colleague Italian consutlants, ACTA, on training for small tourism enterprises in and around the park on sustainability issues.
In 2004 we were commissioned to prepare the tourism strategy for the neighbouring Mercantour National Park in France, creating a strong cross-border tourism destination that has been able to benefit from Interreg and other joint funding. We were very pleased to work alongside colleague French consultant Andre Gondolo in this exercise.