Support for events under the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year

Support for events under the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year
Published on: 06/04/2018
In July 2016 the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, decided that 2018 will be the EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY).

The ECTY aims to increase visitor to both locations, boost tourism investment and stimulate people-to-people interactions. See more information on the dedicated ECTY website

Notice: Please return to this page frequently as the Q&A document is updated at least once a week. 
Email your questions 4 Commission working days before the deadlines. This means 4 May for the 15 May deadline and 11 June for the 15 June deadline, respectively. Questions received during the last 4 Commission working days will likely be answered after the deadline.

Call for submissions

We're looking for actions/events organised by tourism-related organisations with a European dimension that underpin the ECTY objectives. We may provide limited support for a maximum of 10 relevant actions/events that meet our requirements. Our eventual support will be restricted to specific organisational costs with a maximum of €30.000 per selected action.

Who can apply?


  • should take place in China or an EU country
  • must have a European dimension contributing to the ECTY objectives
  • cannot pursue direct commercial purposes
  • should outline their concept and involvement of stakeholders and experts
  • must be organised by a legal entity representing at least 14 EU countries
  • must be organised by organisations from an EU country or third country participating in the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)

How to apply

Interested parties should:

  • carefully read the full selection document below
  • submit a concept note (5 pages max.) describing aspects outlined in the selection document
  • Provide budget details (the budget template below may be used)

Please apply via email with your concept note using the contact info below.

Time table

There are 2 deadlines for submission of a concept note:

  • 15 May 2018 for actions to be organised between August and December 2018
  • 15 June 2018 for actions to be organised between October and December 2018

We will inform selected applicants in writing by end May and June, respectively.


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