The Calypso initiative helps disadvantaged people go on holiday – while at the same time increasing tourism in the low season.
It works by promoting exchanges between different countries/areas.
Calypso seeks to support 4 groups:
- underprivileged young adults (aged 18-30)
- families facing financial or other pressures
- people with disabilities
- over-65s and pensioners who cannot afford travel or are daunted by the challenges of organising a journey.
The Calypso exchange model:
- promotes off-season tourism, particularly in regions where tourism is well developed but highly seasonal
- gives less-known, small or emerging destinations the opportunity to promote themselves to a broader range of European tourists
- encourages longer-lasting employment in the tourism industry by making it possible to extend jobs beyond the peak season.
"Calypso widens Europe’s travel horizons brochure"
(available in many languages, please select from the list below.).
Study - tourism exchanges in Europe (2010)
This study looked into the scope of existing policies in this field and analysed the potential market.
- Executive summary - Calypso report [30 KB]
- Final summary - Calypso report [71 KB]
- Calypso study (with annexes) [5 MB]
- Calypso compendium of good practice [813 KB]
- Country profiles: Austria [343 KB] , Belgium [248 KB] , Bulgaria [236 KB] , Croatia [228 KB] , Cyprus [270 KB] , Czech Republic [485 KB] , France [4 MB] , Greece [214 KB] , Hungary [510 KB] , Ireland [179 KB] , Italy [363 KB] , Latvia [185 KB] , Lithuania [233 KB] , Malta [430 KB] , Poland [345 KB] , Portugal [250 KB] , Romania [197 KB] , Slovakia [4 MB] , Slovenia [256 KB] , Spain [256 KB] , Turkey [199 KB]