In terms of GDP, Toscana ranks 6th among Italian regions, and takes field 8×6 on the G8x8 chess board. With 110.4 billion € of goods and services produced in 2015, the region contributed 6.7 percent to the national GDP of Italy.
Toscana Promozione Turistica is a regional government agency responsible for promoting tourism. ATTA is the global leader in responsible adventure tourism development. The two agencies now established a two-year agreement to help Toscana enhance its tourism brand. They want to help trade and consumers to discover a deeper, adventurous side of the region.
One activity of collaboration in 2017 is to introduce “AdventureWeek-Tuscany” in September 2017. AdventureWeek is a specialized trade program designed to bring “A-list” international outbound tour operators, agents and travel journalists to Toscana. They will participate in an intensive familiarization journey to experience cultural and nature-based adventures.
Additionally, marketplace activities will be held in the region to connect visiting buyers, agents and journalists with local suppliers. Combining activities such as paragliding, road and mountain biking, white water sports, scuba and climbing with a rich array of cultural experiences make for powerful offerings for adventure tourism in Toscana.
Alberto Peruzzini, head of Toscana Promozione Turistica, explained that Toscana is the first Italian region to become an active member of ATTA. Also the first to develop such an initiative with the global adventure tourism trade. He said, “This is a strategic choice of ours. We will be involved with leaders of the sector of tourism most focused on responsible growth. In the field of Adventure tourism, we are not well known yet. But we have considerable room for growth, especially in rural communities throughout Toscana. We’ll work together for just the right positioning on the international stage”.
“At ATTA, our interests are in supporting communities worldwide to deliver travel experiences that protect natural and cultural capital and create shared economic value” said Chris Doyle, ATTA Executive Director-Europe. “For Tuscany, they have the chance to focus visitor attention on its exceptional adventure experiences. They will also help rural communities to realize the benefits of one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism”.