Sustainable regional cooperation in tourism

Together with the research group Sustainable Innovation in the Regional Knowledge Economy of Stenden University in Emmen, ETFI studied the formation and effects of "Communities of Practice" within tourism businesses in the Dutch province Drenthe. The Communities of Practice aim to increase mutual knowledge and innovation of the tourism and leisure sector.


  • New alliances and concepts for a self-organising region have been developed
  • Creation of new ideas for innovations in products, markets, organisations and business processes.


  • Tourism companies are aware of changes in their regional, national and global business environment
  • Tourism companies know how to anticipate changes in their business environment