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This project has been co-financed by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the European Commission under the Grant Programme, ENT/TOU/10/5.1.1 “Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites”.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. General Award Criteria

The key objective of the project is to select a Destination of Excellence in Cyprus which will be in line with the Commission’s theme of excellence for 2011, which is “Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites”. More specifically, EDEN V aims to reward those destinations which have regenerated a physical site of their local heritage and converted it into a tourist attraction to be used as a catalyst for wider local regeneration.

The General Award Criteria have been derived from the Guidelines of the European Commission and are integrated into an on-off procedure. Therefore, eligible destinations will need to comply with these general award criteria and with a specific requirement in order to be described as a European Destination of Excellence in the frame of the EDEN European Programme. The specific requirement is that the tourist offer, i.e. the regenerated physical site, should have been run for at least two (2) years to be eligible for the application.

The general award criteria will require that destinations:

  • Are “non traditional”. The European Commission describes this as a destination where the visitor density ranges from “low” to “very low” in comparison to the national average.
  • Manage its own tourism offer in such way as to ensure its social, cultural and environmental sustainability.
  • Be managed by a partnership between the authorities responsible for the management of the destination and all those involved in tourism in and around the area (e.g. tourist service providers, local communities, etc.). Public-private partnerships are admitted.

Beneficiaries are exclusively Local Authorities and/or associations of Local Authorities. The beneficiaries can collaborate with other local entities (e.g. professional organizations) that cannot apply on the Programme.

2. Specific Award Criteria

The General Qualitative Criteria are determined according to the aforementioned General Award Criteria and the general aim of the EU preparatory action.

More specifically, each candidate area can be defined as a “Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Site” destination under the frame of EDEN V Programme if can include at least five (5) of the following:

  • The regeneration of the site should have been done in a way that respects its identity/architecture/history/culture.
  • If the site is classified as a Listed building then the regeneration/rehabilitation of it should have occurred according to the national requirements of the Department of Town Planning and Housing.
  • Evidence of the integration of the regenerated site into the local tourism strategy.
  • Evidence of the integration of environment and social concerns into the business strategy by those in charge of the tourism offer.
  • The offer should aim to raise the awareness of the local population and visitors on the importance of the regenerated site whether environmental, social, cultural, historical, etc. Evidence or plans of action aimed at increasing awareness should be provided.
  • Organize cultural events promoting local traditions (e.g. traditional music concerts).
  • Preserve and exhibit traditional crafts and maintaining know-how through specialized training courses for visitors.
  • Preserve strong relationships among local inhabitants, local bodies and the local authority.
  • Properly maintain local Museums with unique permanent or visiting collections.
  • Encourage modern cultural activities (club cinema, digital representation of traditional crafts).
  • Constitute a place of great hospitality for artists of any cultural interest often inviting them for competitions/concerts/exhibitions.
  • Host environment friendly accommodation units (hotels, rooms to rent, etc.).
  • Apply innovative forms of cooperation among local bodies and socioeconomic actors (e.g. a Local Steering Committee Group always assessing and supporting the implementation of new tourism strategies and individual projects), and/or have created an integrated public-private-partnership among local stakeholders.
  • Cooperate effectively with Industry federations, innovation institutes, national and regional public bodies, market research organizations, trade associations and other relevant organizations.
  • Created a network together with foreign destinations in order to exchange experiences, visitors, etc.
  • Use effective methods for communication of the destination to potential tourists. This could include the use of new technologies to present the tourism offer in the area, digital/improved signposting and the setting up of information centers.
  • Generally, the tourism offer should ensure that the environment and quality of life in the nominated destination is enhanced, and the local community should be encouraged to become involved in enhancing the quality of the visitor experience. To this end, the National Tourism Strategy of CTO as well as any other related policy documents should be taken into account.

    1. Visitor density is defined according to the average number of visitors in candidate destinations. The number of the visitors must not exceed the 20.000 persons per year (for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Beneficiary must present the relative information concerning the number of the visitors from the following sources:

    • Number of overnights that should not exceed five (5) overnights (if there are any accommodation facilities in the area).
    • Number of visitors in museums, exhibitions, etc (if there are not any accommodation facilities in the area).

    In case that there is not any of the aforementioned information, the beneficiary can use the estimations of the Head of the Local Authority.

    2. In case of vote equality among the participants, additional criteria will be taken into consideration in order to evaluate the final outcome.

    Follow these links for information on rural Cyprus as well as travel and tourism information in Cyprus.

    Cyprus Tourism Organisation
    Cyprus’ National Tourism Organisation. Visit this site for in-depth information on tourism in Cyprus.

    Natura 2000 Network
    The European network for protected areas for wild species of flora and fauna.

    Maps of the Natura 2000 Network Areas in Cyprus
    The Natura 2000 Areas in Cyprus.

    Website of the LIFE – NATURE Project
    Conservation management in NATURA 2000 sites of Cyprus.

    Association of Cyprus Travel Agents
    The official association of travel agents and tour operators, regulated by CTO and EU law.