The LAG’s area has multiple resources arising directly from its rural and mountain character and therefore it can provide a heterogeneous tourist offer, providing visitors with a wide array of opportunities (accessible tourism, nature and sustainable tourism, food and wine, ethnographic, religious and outdoor tourism). In addition, the proximity to the metropolitan area favors short but frequent visits and can be a strong point for promotional strategies that offer tour packages lasting a few days and that allow for movement throughout the area.
In the tourism sector, in 2014, the LAG could count on 159 hospitality structures and 3026 beds located primarily in the tourist towns of the Gran Paradiso National Park, but also at the heads of other valleys.
Besides traditional hospitality there is a flurry of initiatives in the field of dining and hospitality with the birth of other establishments like B&Bs, guest houses and farm-stays. In particular, the increase in tourist visits in recent years has given a major boost to the opening of farm-stays which tripled (from 10 to 32) in the period between 2004 and 2014. Many of them also offer recreational and educational activities such as social farming practices involving local farms.
With the new Local Development Plan, the LAG has chosen to develop accessible tourism through experiential and social agriculture initiatives.
The general objectives in the tourism sector are:
- to enhance the local infrastructure, linking the existing touring itineraries at the provincial and regional level with the local ones, and to integrate and diversify the outdoor offer with with a timely promotion of sporting events;
- to structure thematic itineraries of the different attractive elements of the cultural, landscape and environmental heritage that can be linked to existing touring itineraries at the provincial and regional level;
- to structure a tourist offer addressed to persons with disabilities/difficulties (not only disabled people but also, for example, the elderly, pregnant women, people with food intolerances etc…);
- to structure a tourist offer that encourages the use of the infrastructure for hiking and outdoor activities and for thematic itineraries (including those intended for persons with disabilities/difficulties) via a network of private operators;
- to identify and create integrated and possibly target-diversified tourist products within the tourist offers that will be created in the area;
- to enhance the architectural and landscape heritage resources of the area and insert them into thematic circuits that are valued and promoted;
- to stimulate the aggregation of various supply chain operators in the agri-food sector with the aim of enhancing production both in terms of quantity and quality, connecting the product image with the characteristics of the production areas and with a widespread and accessible tourist access with experiential tourism and social agriculture initiatives.