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The project has been co-financed by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism and the European Commission under the Grant Programme EDEN: GRO/SME/18/C/065 - Selection 2019 – «Health and well-being tourism»

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Eligibility Criteria

The project objective is to select a Destination of Excellence in Cyprus that will be in line with the Commission’s theme of excellence for 2019, which is “Health and well-being tourism”. Specifically, the EDEN competition aims to award those destinations that have developed a specific tourism offer based on their natural or cultural / historical / spiritual resources .

According to the EU Guidelines, the eligible destinations, for the present EDEN competition, will need to comply with the general aim of the EDEN European Programme and with the general award criteria.

The overall aim of the initiative is to “draw attention to the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations and to promote destinations where the economic growth objective is pursued in such a way as a way to ensure the social, cultural and environmental sustainability of tourism”.

Therefore, the eligible destinations will need to consult the general award criteria as well as the basic requirements in order to comply with the purpose and the concept of the EDEN European Programme.

In the absence of a recognized definition of “Health and well-being tourism”, for the purpose of this present invitation to submit a proposal, it has to be clarified that the eligible destinations are those that have as a primary motivation the contribution to physical, mental and/or spiritual health through wellness based activities which increase the capacity of individuals to satisfy their own needs and function better as an individual and in their environment and society. It includes body and facial treatments, massage, reflexology, yoga and meditation, relaxation techniques, exercise and fitness (e.g. pilates, thai chi), beauty treatments (e.g. aromatherapy, use of natural cosmetics), hydrotherapy (e.g. thalassotherapy, sauna), spiritual activities, nutritional and detox programmes, expressive therapies and creative arts, energy therapies (e.g. reiki, crystals, astrology), education activities (counselling, workshops, seminars in stress management) etc. which are provided by different types of facilities (i.e. thermal baths, spas, hotels and resorts, festivals, cruises, wellness retreats, etc.).
Facilities offering medical treatments, including surgical, clinical and therapeutic services, are not considered as eligible destinations.


Specific Requirements for Applicants’ Participation:

  • The eligible destination must be an emerging, non-traditional tourism destination. The European Commission describes this as a destination where the visitor density ranges from “low” to “very low” in comparison to the national average .

  • The eligible destination must have a developed tourism offer, providing wellness tourism services and activities based on the destination’s natural or cultural/historical/spiritual resources for at least 2 years, i.e. from 2017.


General Award Criteria:

The destinations should be or have the potential to become attractive to visitors / tourists and consist of a well-defined and geographically identified area. To evaluate this, the candidates should meet at least 4 of the 5 General Award Criteria and receive at least 50% of the total score in the evaluation process. Specifically, the tourism destination:

  • Should be an emerging and non-traditional destination.

  • Should offer authentic tourism experiences (e.g. an area which offers many activities).

  • Should have local authorities with a capacity in managing the tourist offer in a way to ensure its social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

  • Should have administrative efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities (e.g. provision of tourism services, local communities, stakeholders, etc.).

  • Should have agencies, NGOs and/or local authorities with a capacity in adopting sustainable tourism practices.


Specific Award Criteria

The Specific Award Criteria which have been finalized by the Management Committee of the project have been determined according to the theme of the present EDEN call – “Health and well-being tourism”. Specifically, a tourism offer can be evaluated as eligible under the framework of the EDEN Programme “Health and well-being tourism” if it receives at least 50% of the total score of the Specific Award Criteria evaluation.

The Specific Award Criteria include the following:

  • The quality and richness/uniqueness/originality of tourism offer to enhance health and well-being based on the destination's natural or cultural/historical/spiritual resources.

  • The local or regional tourism strategy of the destination and the way that the Health and well-being tourism is included.

  • Effective promotional activities and marketing initiatives that enhance the “Health and well-being tourism” in the eligible destination.



Applications can be accepted only by entities that can represent the eligible destinations and are set as follows:

  • Local authorities,

  • Groups of local authorities (e.g. Union of Communities),

  • Other entities in which the local authorities participate or are represented (e.g. District Development Agencies and Tourism Development and Promotion District Agencies)


1 Natural resources (e.g. geothermal and mineral waters, natural assets like muds, clays and plants, therapeutic climate, geographical features and landscapes contributing to mental well-being or physical activities), cultural, historical and spiritual resources (e.g. place-specific well-being architecture/heritage like hammam, sauna, rituals or traditional spiritual practices such as yoga).

2 An eligible destination includes:

  • A geographic area that is currently or potentially attractive to visitors/tourists,

  • The geographic area shall cover at least one municipality/community or more contiguous municipalities/communities,

  • A place or area which is recognized and can easily be defined as a visitor destination and has a range of facilities and products in place for tourism purposes,

  • A place or area which is promoted as a destination,

  • A place or area where it is possible to measure the supply of and demand for tourism services (i.e. the visitor economy).

Follow these links for travel and tourism information in Cyprus.

Deputy Ministry of Tourism
Visit this site and find everything you need to plan the perfect trip to Cyprus.

Association of Cyprus Travel Agents
The official association of travel agents and tour operators, regulated by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism and EU Law.

Cyprus Agrotourism Company
Visit this site and discover traditional accommodation in various villages across Cyprus.