The Centre for Tourism Research, CICtourGUNE, is the scientific and technological infrastructure dedicated to the creation and transfer of knowledge excellence in the area of tourism and mobility. CICtourGUNE is defined as an innovation hub for Basque tourism. Today these centres, known as innovative ´hubs´ or environments (ihubs), serve as points of strategic alliance between companies and stakeholders of the Basque Innovation System, including research centres, universities, business associations, financial groups (venture capital) and innovation agencies, among others.
CICtourGUNE was created as:
- A platform for cooperation to promote development and competence in the tourism industry and draw together already existing capabilities applicable to the sector.
- An infrastructure that facilitates cooperative alliances and effective interaction between stakeholders in different spheres: business, university, members of the Basque Network of Science, Technology and Innovation, and regional and European government agencies.
- A clearing house for information in which strategic research, applied research and business acumen interact with industry-specific knowledge.
- A centre for innovation that benefits the entire system and the knowledge value chain, generating a higher level of competitiveness in the tourism sector.
CICtourGUNE is a member of the COMPERA network, corporate member of IFITT and member of the IFITT Auditing Committee, member of the TTRA Scientific Committee, member of NECSTouR, advisory member of EUREKA Tourism and Affiliate Member of the WTO.