Partners and SMEs gather in Rimini for a Matchmaking event at Ecomondo

Over 25 SMEs benefitted from another fruitful matchmaking event in Rimini, on 8 and 9 November, organised by the region of Sardinia, as part of the Ecomondo fair. Project partners were also present.

The event started with a morning session, divided in 2 main sessions. The first one aimed at reflecting on the progress made by the project beneficiaries in terms of sustainable practices and solutions that are applied, discussing in detail the opportunities offered to small and medium-sized enterprises in the sustainable tourism sector by the New EU Single Market Programme 2021-2027 and by the European support network Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). As part of this session, beneficiaries were also put in the spotlight: Discovery Trains and Canarian Hospitality were given the opportunity to present their practices.

After a networking coffee break, we benefitted from a presentation of DestiMED PLUS projects tools, and more precisely the MEET Ecotourism Footprint Calculator. SMEs were then split in 3 groups to discuss challenges and solutions to reduce the ecological footprint, using this calculator method.

Consulta Europa concluded the morning the morning session by reminding practical details to the SMEs, to facilitate their project experience.

The afternoon was dedicated to internal matchmaking, which allowed SMEs to have more time to meet each other and present their businesses and practices. In the meantime, project partners gathered for a meeting.

On the second day, SMEs could enjoy a free Ecomondo access. They had the chance to book their meeting with other companies in advance, thanks to the B2B meeting portal, to make the most out of what the fair had to offer, and could also pass by the stands and meet exhibitors. As such, they got the opportunity to discover new suppliers, new technologies, and could get inspired to set up new practices.

TouriSME project was largely advertised at Sardinia Region’s stand, which also hosted ACR+. Visitors and SMEs were welcome to stop by and seek answers to their questions.