Tourism cooperation between SMEs

TourSME is a two-year project (1.2.2020 - 31.3.2022)  for cross-border business cooperation among tourism SMEs and related businesses. The main target is to improve tourism SMEs' capability to create border-crossing services for international tourists.

By joining to project, companies:

  • Find new business partners form Finland and Russia

  • Find new domestic and international customers

  • Get concurrent training on new types of tourism services

  • Develop new service ideas and experiment the ideas

  • Pitch their service concepts to international travel agencies

  • Pilot their new services

Total budget 349 778 €


Project news

Lead Partner:

University of Oulu (UO)



KAMK - University of Applied Science (KAMK)

Karelian Research Centre (KaRC)

City of Kostamus (KO)

Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK)


TourSME project is a two-year micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) activating and training initiative in the regions of Russian Karelia, Kainuu, and Oulu region. The
project contributes by activities increasing the capacity of enterprises to start cross-border economic cooperation by improving the capability of tourism industry enterprises enhancing the development of cross-border tourism services in the program areas.

The activation of SMEs takes place in three progressive levels:

  1.  Information sharing and networking events
  2.  Training sessions focused to SMEs  
  3.   Supporting cross-border piloting SMEs


 Project Manager Kyllikki Taipale-Erävala, UO, +358294487072


Marjukka Turunen, KAMK , +358 44 7157021 


Nikolai Kolesnikov, KarRC, +7 921 7270321


Yulia Ragulina, KO, +7 911 663 14 11


Heikki Riikonen, OAMK, +358 59 5979873