Tourism development and innovation highly depends on the ability to promote education and training that helps create, manage and share knowledge. Sound cooperation among educational, research, development, political and business organizations among others is a basic precondition for knowledge generation and dissemination.
Education and knowledge are important for stimulating creativity and new ways of thinking. The multicultural envinronment of the Barents Region offers favorable conditions for promoting such creativity and innovation. It is through multi-stakeholder processes expanding beyond the borders of a single state that new and more sustainable ways of thinking and practicing tourism business can be fostered.
Some countries in the Barents have already developed and consilidated practices for creating and sharing knowledge that is relevant to tourism organizations.
While the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian areas of the Barents have been succesful in developing some practices for the promotion of knowledge, the situation is different on the Russian side. At the same time, there is still commonly shared needs among all the Barents countries that have not been addressend yet.