Conference for informing and selecting tourism SMEs, potential beneficiaries in Romania


July 23rd 2019

The tourism market is a global market and the competitiveness of SMEs, as an essential factor affecting the sustainability and responsibility of the tourism sector, is being built internationally. That is why transnational experience exchange is absolutely necessary for the tourism sector. Cross-border cooperation is based on joint development, implementation, staffing and funding.

The main challenge of the project is to increase the competitiveness of SMEs by improving the managerial skills of entrepreneurs, in order to implement modern managerial tools and techniques in day-to-day operations. 200 employees of SMEs will be trained in accordance with this platform. The partner countries of the project are Armenia, Greece, Romania (South-East Region), Turkey and Ukraine.

Activities unfolded within the project:

  • Developing tailored management tools for the tourism sector and small dimensions of tourism SMEs in the project area;
  • Creating a register of transnational mentors able to support tourism SMEs to improve their management;
  • Developing a joint electronic training platform for SMEs staff to improve their managerial performance;
  • Customizing management tools for a range of tourism SMEs and providing mentoring services to their staff in order to allow them to implement management tools in the future. Pilot projects and study visits will be used for this purpose.
  • Facilitate experience exchange  by organizing study visits and transnational cooperation within the CERTOUR network of mentors, SMEs and other tourism stakeholders.

The target groups of the project are:

 ​​a) tourism business support organizations (including project partners); b) individual professionals (business consultants) to be registered as mentors , c) small and medium sized enterprises in the tourism and hospitality sector, d) the general public.

Transnational cooperation adds value to the project and offers important benefits to its target groups. The beneficiary SMEs that will improve their management will be a role model in their region. The current CERTOUR network, created ever since 2013, will be strengthened, and after CERTOUR II, the entire useful information package developed, including the project mentor register, management tools, mentoring package and e-training platform will be available to all those interested and will become an integrated facilitation platform for improving SMEs management.

On July 30, 2019, at 11:00 o’clock, a conference for informing and selecting tourism SMEs, potential beneficiaries, will be held within the project “CERTOUR II: For a Better SME Management”. The conference will take place at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture Constanta headquarters.

As a result of attending the conference, 40 employees from 20 SMEs (2 employees / SMEs) will be selected.

Selected individuals will benefit from a free program to acquire management tools known at European level and will learn to implement them in the SMEs they are part of, in order to increase their competitiveness on the tourism market.

Selection criteria:

• SMEs from tourism sector;

• SMEs operating for at least 3 years;

• 50% from the beneficiary SMEs will be accommodation units.

The tourism entrepreneurs attending this conference will find relevant information regarding the conditions for the selection of the 20 SMEs benefiting from the project, having the opportunity to optimize their internal processes and bring value to the tourism market.

There are 60 places available for participants.

The conference on 30.07.2019, 11:00 o’clock, will be held at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation and Agriculture of Constanta headquarters, no. 185A Alexandru Lăpuşneanu Blvd., 2nd floor, Eurodobrogea Hall.

Additional information: Stan Simona, phone 0241.619.854, interior 239, e-mail

The project CERTOUR II is funded by the European Union through the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Program 2014-2020 ( The Joint Managing Authority is the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration in Romania. The total budget of the project is 827.860 Euro (3.866.189 lei). Each partner is committed to contribute to the co-financing of the project with 8% of the budget allocated to the partner.


Local coordinator – Ani Viorica Merlă

Administrative-Territorial Unit Constanța

51 Tomis Blvd., code 900725

Phone 0241488143



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