Policy Planning and Economic Development

Tourism Physical Planning and Resort Development


Provide realistic and practical guidelines for the sustainable development of high quality tourism infrastructure and superstructure with a view to ensuring improved governance and management in the entire planning and development process. 


3-6 months

Indicative budget

€ 100,000 – 300,000

Outputs / deliverables

Comprehensive general and area-specific development guidelines for tourism zones with specific urban designing, land use planning and infrastructure planning. 


Review and analyse the current situation of the tourism industry in terms of analysis of current and future tourism trends to the country; existing and potential tourism products; current capacity of supply of tourism services (accommodation etc.); accessibility and other existing and future infrastructure and utilities in the tourism zones; and existing Government tourism policies, strategies and plans, including policies related to urban planning and environmental management.

Based on the above and through extensive field surveys, identify and determine tourism zones with their exact delineation and definition of boundaries, and formulate a set of recommendations on the type of tourism development for each zone depending on availability of land of different categories, accessibility, tourism services and future market trends.  Identify the overall strengths and weaknesses of each tourism zone.

Formulate a set of urban planning and facility development guidelines for tourism infrastructure development for the tourism zones.

Select 3-5 priority tourism zones of different type and character and formulate area-specific guidelines for these zones based on conceptual structure plans, defining the recommended scale, type and character of the proposed tourism development in the zones and identifying areas for supporting facilities and other land uses.

Develop a set of design guidelines for the main elements of each priority zone and illustrate them in terms of type, scale and character of the proposed development including landscaping, traffic and pedestrian environment.

Identify a planning and development control system based on the existing institutional set-up and its main stakeholders to support tourism zones structure and development plans allowing planning authorities to exercise and maintain proper control over the type and spread of development, land use, urban design and built environment density, landscaping and landscape restoration, conservation of natural and cultural environments, and enforcement procedures against illegal and unauthorized construction and exploitation of natural resources.

This ensures active involvement and participation of tourism facility planners, owners, operators and local community representatives from the selected tourism zones in the planning process through frequent consultations at the local level.