To make HIT the main and integrated Research Pole in the fields of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Tourism in Greece and among the top 10 relevant nodes of technology and expertise in Europe.

Acronym: SIROCCO
Project title: Sustainable InterRegional cOastal & Cruise maritime tourism though COoperation and joint planning
Duration: 18 months (1/11/2016 – 30/4/2018)

Description: With €40 billion economic impact and 6 milion passengers, cruise tourism plays a key role in Europe and especially in the MED, being the top cruise market and amidst strong socio-economic pressures. As cruise tourism grows, the challenge for the Mediterranean is to exploit its full potential in a (environmentally, socially & economically) sustainable way. Addressing this challenge is hindered by three factors:

  • existing knowledge is insufficient & data gaps still exist
  • coastal regions struggle to fully capture benefits generated by cruise tourism
  • coordination of strategies and policies at regional & transnational level is limited.

SIROCCO, being co-funded by the Interreg-Med Programme, aims at contributing in all above three areas.

Objectives: The project aims to provide:

  • an integrated view of the current state and future state of Mediterranean cruise tourism
  • evidence-based, stakeholder-verified, transferrable recommendations on developing sustainable and responsible Cruise Value Chains (CVCs) in the Mediterranean
  • co-ordinated strategies and policies at (inter)regional and transnational level regarding the development of a sustainable and responsible cruise maritime/coastal tourism.

HIT key role and responsibilities: CERTH/HIT is the Technical Coordinator of the project


Contact Person:
Aristos Halatsis
+30 2310-498463

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