Digital Acceleration Programme for SMEs


Relevent Country: France

The present Call for Proposals (CfP) is launched in the framework of Tourbit Digital Acceleration Programme that aims to support, during 10 months, more than 60 tourism SMEs in their digital transformation process and build their capacity to uptake digital and innovative solutions.
By presenting their project of digital transformation, tourism SMEs will have the chance to get funding and to implement it with the support of a mentor/expert/service providers and get access to an international network.

This Call for proposal aims to select innovative digitalisation projects proposed by tourism SMEs and provide them with direct financial support in the framework of the Tourbit Digital Acceleration Programme.

Funding Information

  • If selected, you will receive a grant of EUR 8,000-9,000 to implement your digitalisation project in your company. The grant must be used to fund the support of service providers, such as mentors, consultants, and/or technology/ innovation providers.

Types of Projects and Activities Supported

  • For your project proposal to be eligible under the CfP it needs to address one of the following subjects or combinations of them:
  • Digitalisation, automatisation or improvement of internal processes (digital workspace solutions, DATA ANALYTICS, and data management, improvement of CYBERSECURITY etc.)
  • Digitalisation, automatisation or improvement of client relations and online presence (digital marketing, sales solutions and communication, CRM, Website (including accessibility improvements), SEO, etc.)
  • Improvement of products or services using digital technologies (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Cloud Computing, Blockchain)

Projects can involve activities such as:

  • Planning/ development/ establishment and implementation of (sustainable) digitalization strategies and action plans, e.g. including aspects of sustainable and responsible digitalisation.
  • The improvement of digital capacities of staff. This may include: coaching, mentoring, online courses, twinning, peer learning or other means and methods for skills improvement of staff members.
  • Implementation of digital tools and solutions incl. standardisation and compliance adaptation such as adaptation of operational procedures, documentation, data collection etc.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants need to fulfill the following criteria:
  • Qualify as a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME), meaning having less than 250 staff and no more than 50 m in turnover or 43 m balance sheets total.
  • Belong to one of these categories of the tourism industry:
  • Hotels and similar accommodation (NACE I5510)
  • Holiday and other short-stay accommodation (NACE I5520)
  • Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE I5530)
  • Travel agency, tour operator reservation service and related activities (NACE N79)

Be registered as company in one of the territories of the Tourbit partnership:

  • Belgium
  • Finland (Lapland)
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (Catalonia).