The topic aims to contribute to the further development of the common European data space for tourism following the principles laid down in in the Data Strategy, built and operated in full compliance with existing EU legislation. The action will set up and deploy a secure and trusted data space to enable all stakeholders active in the tourism ecosystem to cooperate by sharing and accessing data in a mutually advantageous manner and in full compliance with the data protection legislation.
The common European tourism data space will benefit and support all stakeholders (national and local authorities, destination management organizations or DMOs, and the private sector). SMEs account for almost all enterprises in tourism sector (99,9%); 91% of these SMEs are micro-enterprises. SMEs face structural challenges in untapping the potential of data to innovate their services and business models, and this issue is exacerbated by the fragmentation of data, which is created and held by different providers, as well as presented and governed through diverse models.
The objective is to develop a trusted and secure common European data space for tourism building on the work and recommendations of two preparatory actions for the data space for tourism launched under Digital Europe Work Programme 2021- 2022 (DIGITAL-2021-PREPACTS-DS-01-TOURISM15). It will provide the ecosystem with access to information for re-use and boost data sharing, with an impact on productivity, greening and sustainability, innovative business models and upskilling. It will give the possibility of aligning offers to tourists’ expectations, adapting service proposals to new tourist groups, predicting a high influx of tourists, and thus allow planning of resources more efficiently, and creating new business opportunities.
The specific aim is to support the creation and deployment of a technical infrastructure combined with governance mechanisms that will facilitate easy access to and sharing of key data resources in the sector, including across borders. This will be based on and in alignment with existing and upcoming initiatives, including at EU level, regarding data sharing in tourism. Data interoperability will be a key characteristic of the infrastructure. The data space should deploy trust mechanisms (such as security and privacy by design) and develop data services matching European values, in particular ethics, equality and diversity.
The project will develop and deploy the data space and its infrastructure on the basis of two preparatory actions for the data space for tourism following the blueprint and roadmap to be published in the autumn of 2023 and make use of the solutions identified by this action. The data space should allow participants to make data available and accessible for all stakeholders and to share data in a controlled, simple and secure way. Activities should primarily focus on the real-world deployment of data space building blocks through use cases based on the various types of data in the tourism sector.
The project will have to demonstrate a clear European dimension and a good coverage of the various regions of Europe. In relation to the general scope, features and principles of a common European data space the Commission Staff Working Document on Common European Data Spaces is to be followed. The Communication from the Commission Towards a Common European Tourism Data Space: boosting data sharing and innovation across the tourism ecosystem, should also be taken into account.
Buget and funding rate
Simple Grants — 50% funding rate. The topic budget is EUR 8 000 000.
Timetable and deadlines (indicative)
Call opening: 28 September 2023
Deadline for submission: 23 January 2024 – 17:00:00 CET (Brussels)
Evaluation: February – March 2024
Information on evaluation results: April 2024
GA signature: September 2024