Centre for Regional & Tourism Research is Denmark’s only independent research center.
We work with applied social research and consulting on the development of peripheral areas and tourism targeting strategy and policy development at local, regional, national and international levels.
Our main department is located in Nexø on the island Bornholm, Denmark. We are housed in the beautiful, old quarry farm overlooking the Quarry Lake (“Stenbrudssøen”) and the Baltic Sea.
In addition, we have a department at Frederiksberg (Copenhagen, Denmark), where we have an office at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen (IFRO). This is where our Model Team is located.
Bornholm’s Research Center, as it was called back then, was established in October 1994. Today we are called CRT – Centre for Regional & Tourism Research and here is our story.
The centre was a part of the Bornholm Package – a rescue plan set in motion by the government at the time after the crisis years 1992-93.The purpose was to put Bornholm on the Danish research map and contribute to a positive economic development of Bornholm. The centre was established a a sectoral research institute under the former Ministry of Research and was housed at Stenbrudsgården by Nexø on Bornholm.
In January 2001 Bornholm’s Research Center changed its name to Centre for Regional & Tourism Research. The same year the centre changed focus from an actual research center to primarily working with project and development.
With the government change in 2001 it was decided to close down a number of councils, boards and institutions. CRT was on the socalled “death list” which was announced in January 2002. A long, tough fight on the part of the board ensured the survival of the centre, and since then CRT has been an independent research and development institution with a yearly, finance law secured appropriation.
CRT’s appropriation is essential for the continuous operation and professional development of the centre. The funding comes from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and accesses CRT through the Regional Municipality of Bornholm and Bornholm’s Vækstforum. Along with other activities CRT has therefore always had a certain obligation to be involved in projects and communicate knowledge that benefits the development of Bornholm.