The Calypso initiative of the European Commission aims to help disadvantaged people to have a break, to go on holiday, while at the same time increasing tourism at European destinations in the low season. It facilitates exchanges between different European countries/areas.

Calypso seeks to support 4 groups:
• underprivileged young adults, aged 18-30,
• families facing financial or other difficulties,
• people with disabilities,
• people aged over 65 and pensioners/retirees.

The Calypso exchange model is to:
• promote off-season tourism, particularly in regions where tourism is seasonal,
• give the less-known European destinations the opportunity to promote themselves,
• encourage longer-lasting employment in the tourism industry, by making it possible to extend jobs beyond the peak season (active employment).

 Calypso widens Europe’s travel horizons brochure