Project co-funded by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) is unlocking the blue potential in the West Med region by providing free online training courses on Sustainable Tourism and Cruise!

ECO-CRUISING FU_TOUR Capacity Building Programme is Boosting the Transformation of the Cruise Sector into a More Sustainable and Bluer Future!


The cruise industry has taken major steps towards sustainability prior to the pandemic. Many of the foremost cruise lines are making efforts to reduce their environmental footprint by cutting emissions, conserving water, and improving disposal techniques. Furthermore, various cruise lines have pledged to eliminate single-use plastics and source goods from the local área to help the local communities. These initiatives are essential in making sure that the industry is operating in an ecologically considerate way.

Cruise ships must strive to reduce their environmental footprint, such as banning single-use plastics and taking steps to minimize their impact on marine life. Sustainability and safety must remain primary concerns for the industry as it prepares to resume operations following the pandemic.


European co-funded project for a healthy and blue development for the blue economy in the West Mediterranean región

The ECO-CRUISING FU_TOUR project is based on strong transnational cooperation between West Med countries (Algeria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia) in line with the new Agenda for the Mediterranean, and guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal. The complexity of the Mediterranean requires shared solutions and the inclusion of all the key players during the cooperative process.

The project aims to boost managerial, innovative, blue, green, and digital skills of tourism West Med SMEs, but ultimately public and private stakeholders in charge of the promotion of EU and West European coastal and maritime destinations. The goal is to exploit the green potential of West Med tourism SMEs and cross-border cooperation to unlock new business opportunities around the new eco-cruise tourism sector.

ECO-CRUISING FU_TOUR was designed to boost the blue economy in a more sustainable and resilient way with two activities: Capacity Building Programme for the key players in the tourism sector, and the eco-smart tourism package for Millennials and Gen Z.

The Capacity Building Programme targeting the key players in the tourism sector, specifically in the West Mediterranean region will be launched in Autumn 2023. The programme increases the knowledge and skills of the private and public tourism stakeholders in the cruise value chain.

Eco-smart cruise packages are targeted to Millennials and Gen Z. The objective is to offer innovative routes and solutions paving the pathway towards Net-Zero for Cruise and Coastal Areas by introducing a brand-new experience for these target groups to cruising, combining smart (digital) and eco-sustainable offering.

If you are interested in developing tourism skills to elevate your business, The ECO-CRUISING FU_TOUR project is joining forces with the EU WeMED_NaTOUR project to host an online info day on July 5th at 16.30 CEST to present the Capacity Building Programme on Sustainable Tourism and Cruise. During the event, participants will be able to learn about the chances to improve their tourism-related skills.

Join the online info day on July 5th at 16.30 CEST to learn more about the Capacity Building Programme of these two projects.