3rd Technical meeting for In-MedTour, “Innovative Medical Tourism Strategy”,
funded under the Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme
The 3rd technical Meeting of the project In-MedTour – “Innovative Medical Tourism Strategy”, co-funded for 897.703,80€ by the Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme 2014-2020, will be held on the 3rd of July 2019 in Patras at the premises of the POS4WORK Coworking Space.
The meeting is organized by the Ministry of Tourism – Project Beneficiary 2. The other Beneficiaries participating in the project are the National Organization for Health Care Services Provision – EOPYY- (Lead Beneficiary), the Municipality of Santa Cesarea Terme (Project beneficiary 3), the University of Patras – Special Account for Research Grants, Department of Business Administration (Project Beneficiary 4) and the Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi (Project Beneficiary 5).
The meeting will focus on the progress made so far and the planning of the next steps for the implementation.
The In-MedTour project, financed under Priority Axis 1 – Innovation and Competitiveness, with a budget of 897.703,80€, introduces a new type of tourism product, “health tourism”, which entails travelling outside the country of residence for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment. The project will bridge the health and research industries with the local enterprises in the Cross-Border area. This will be achieved through the creation of a modernized e-Cluster, where medical information from both countries will be stored for the exchange of know-how and best practices. The e-Cluster will strengthen cooperation and networking among stakeholders and give access to research and innovation capabilities.
An e-Tour Facilitator will also be developed with a focus on the end-users of the health tourism product, namely the patients/tourists. This platform will offer matching services for the patients looking for health and hospitality units to receive the treatment.
Overall, the project will deliver a whole new tourism product with high added value and will bring together research entities with enterprises to improve their access to R&D and Innovation.
Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme that aims to help public institutions and local stakeholders to develop cross-border projects and pilot actions and to create new policy, products and services, with the final goal to improve the citizens’ quality of life. Strategically, the programme will enhance innovation in a number of fields such as blue growth, tourism and culture, agro food and cultural and creative industries. Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme aims to get maximum return from EUR 123 million financed per 85% by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and per 15% by the 2 member states through a national co-financing.