The aims of the European Observatory on Cultural Tourism are:

-        to analyse the phenomenon of "cultural tourism" based on qualitative and quantitative data;

-        collect the most meaningful data in this field;

-        set out indicators to evaluate trends, suggest scenarios and strategies to regulate tourism flows.

Regulations on cultural tourism issued in the various countries will be gathered, summarised and disseminated; surveys and studies will be conducted to promote or integrate initiatives for "training of trainers" of cultural tourism operators. Meetings and round tables will be organised on these subjects with the aim of creating a European standing forum which will include institutional representatives and cultural tourism operators.