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Session ii Experience from the Canton of Valais, Switzerland

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An International Workshop on Tourism as a Catalyst for Regional Development took place in Vienna, Austria, on 12-13 December 2019.

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Session ii Experience from the Canton of Valais, Switzerland

  1. 1. © Valais Wallis Promotion, Thomas Andenmatten Multi-level governance for regional tourism development Experience from the Canton of Valais, Switzerland Esther Schlumpf, Project Manager Center for Regional and Economic Development, Canton of Valais, Switzerland 13th December 2019
  2. 2. Situation Upper Valais Region in the Canton of Valais ~ Tourism contributes 11% to the cantonal GDP ~ 18% of the cantonal workforce works in the toursim sector Small structures in tourism and service providers Major destinations: Zermatt, Saas Fee, Aletsch Arena, Leukerbad Regional Organisation: Center for Regional and Economic Development – competence in project and process management for regional development
  3. 3. © Valais Wallis Promotion, Christian Pfammatter Wir schaffen Orte guten Lebens! We create places of good life!
  4. 4. … … Corporate governance systems Decision-making in strategy, products and services, financing Touristic governance systems Federal, cantonal, municipal level Decision-making in marketing, products and services, financing Organisation – governance Administrative governance system Federal, cantonal, municipal level Decision-making in legislation, strategies, financing Challenge: horizontal and vertical coordination of different bodies and systems
  5. 5. Organisation – governance Center for Regional and Economic Development Competence in project and process management in regional development Project-related cooperation in tourism Development and implementation of local and regional projects Strategy, support and intersectorial project implementation at the regional level
  6. 6. Success factors Governance Who decides at which point? Competence What competences are needed at what level? Intersectorality Which actors are critical and/or relevant? Flexibility What organisation for what question and step? «Formula for success» in regional tourism development Center for regional development Project-based cooperation in tourism +  Multi-level government framework  Intersectorial and coherent approaches  Implementation of strategies =
  7. 7. Examples Project «Bike Valais/Wallis» Development of bike infrastructure and products accross DMO and municipality boundaries Foto ©TUG AG
  8. 8. Examples Project «Hub for Public Transportation in Fiesch» New railway station with the integration of areal cableways and other public transportation providers Foto ©Aletsch Arena AG
  9. 9. Foto ©Dario Seiler Thank you For further information and more projects visit https://rw-oberwallis.ch
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