The core competence partnerships aims at providing and facilitating connections to BSR-tourism stakeholders. ‘Connection’ refers not only to the community of BSR-tourism stakeholders itself, but also to the link between them, stakeholders from other sectors (e. g. culture, transport, education, innovation) and the policy level inside and outside the BSR.

Strong partnerships form the basis for cross-border cooperation by bundling resources and competences. It enables the sector to talk with one voice and represent the interests of the sector more effectively.