ECTN organises the 1st Conference of nxfzdl.comropean Cultural Route:
'In the footsteps of Saint Paul, the Apostle of the nations'
ECTN as a founding member of the respective
nxfzdl.comropean Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC),
established in the frame of: Cult-RInG Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project
'Cultural Routes as Investment for Growth and Jobs',
- Region of Central Macedonia, Greece
- Lazio Region, Italy
- Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus.
ECTN annual Conference & Awards ceremony online
22 October 2020, 14:00-16:30 CEST
“Post-pandemic recovery of nxfzdl.comropean Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity”
▪ ECTN President
▪ nxfzdl.comropean Commission DG EAC
▪ nxfzdl.comropa Nostra Secretary-General
▪ nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission
▪ NECSTouR President
▪ Interpret nxfzdl.comrope
▪ Iter Vitis Cultural Route President
▪ Phoenicians Cultural Route
▪ ECTN Secretary-General
Video recording of the Conference Part 1
Awards Ceremony “Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2020”
“Special Interest Tourism development and promotion based on Cultural Heritage”
▪ Industrial Heritage Tourism
▪ Maritime, Coastal and Aquatic Heritage
▪ Innovation & Digitisation, towards Smart Destinations
▪ Transnational Thematic Tourism Products
▪ Wine Tourism
▪ Special Prize of the Jury
Closing remarks by ECTN President & Chair of the Jury (nxfzdl.comropa Nostra)
Video recording of the Awards Ceremony
Winners of the ECTN Awards 2020 by Category
The joint Jury of the Awards 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2020' is pleased to announce the winners and rinners-up by category, as shown below.
The Jury is comprised by senior representatives of ECTN, nxfzdl.comropa Nostra, nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission, NECSTouR, as well as nxfzdl.comropean Commission Directorate-General of Education and Culture, supported by the 'Phoenicians Route' and 'Iter Vitis' Cultural Routes of teh Council of nxfzdl.comrope.
The Awards ceremony was held online on 22 October 2020.
Industrial Heritage Tourism
Alūksne Bānītis station Multimedia Expo
by Aluksnes municipality, Latvia
Hg Smelting Plant - Heritage of Mercury
by Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre, Slovenia
Līgatne Paper - Mill workers village
by Culture and Tourism Centre of Līgatne municipality, Latvia
Maritime, Coastal and Aquatic Heritage,
supported by ‘The Phoenicians Route’ cultural route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope
Via Francigena of the South
by nxfzdl.comropean Association of the Via Francigena ways EAVF, Italy
Towering Tales of the Sea Exhibition
by Foundation Estonian Maritime Musnxfzdl.comm, Estonia
Araisi Lake Fortress
by Amata Municipality, Latvia
Innovation and Digitalisation in Sustainable Cultural Tourism, towards Smart Destinations
BlueMed Underwater Musnxfzdl.comms and Knowledge Awareness Centres
by Region of Thessaly, Greece
Tholos VR Theatre
by Foundation of the Hellenic World, Greece
Museo do Côa
by Côa Park Fundation, Portugal
Transnational Thematic Tourism Products, including nxfzdl.comropean Cultural Routes
Historic Cafés in the Iberian Peninsula
by Associação dos Cafés com História de Portugal (Portuguese Historic Cafés Association), Spain and Portugal
by Câmara Municipal de Almeida, Portugal
supported by the ‘Iter Vitis’ cultural route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope
by the vineyard cottages consortium, Slovenia
Armenian Ancient Viticulture and Winemaking Traditions Revival
by Areni-1 Cave Scientific-Research Foundation, Armenia
Wine Routes of Moldova
by National Inbound Tourism Association of Moldova (ANTRIM), Moldova
Industrial Heritage Tour Across Budapest
by Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre, Hungary
Aphrodite smart interpretation
by Kouklia Community Council, Cyprus
Rota do Românico [Route of the Romanesque]
by VALSOUSA | Associação de Municípios do Vale do, Portugal
The winners and runners-up have been selected by the joint Jury amonst 43 applications received from 16 countries, 12 nxfzdl.com member states (Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Romania), and 4 Non-nxfzdl.com countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova).
07 September 2020
Call for offers:
Video recording in Central Macedonia Region, Greece
ECTN, as an advisory partner in the Cult-RInG Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project responsible for communication activities, wishes to commission an extensive video recording related to the study visits intended to take place with the final conference and had to be cancelled due to the pandemic crisis.
The sites of the planned study visits, to be replaced by the extensive video footage, are as follows:
Interested applicants should request the Terms of Reference in writing, by email to: email@example.com
Deadline for offers: 21 September 2020, 24:00 CEST.
Deadline extended to: 25 September 2020, 24:00 CEST. (CLOSED)
18 August 2020
Call for offers
regarding external expertise for assistance to partners on Cultural and Creative Tourism product development based on Cultural and Creative Industries, in the Cult-CreaTE Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project.
Interested applicants should request the Terms of Reference in writing, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for offers: 28 August 2020, 24:00 CEST (CLOSED)
ECTN Awards Ceremony 2019, Granada, Spain
in partnership with nxfzdl.comropa Nostra, nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission & NECSTouR,
supported by Iter Vitis Cultural Route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope
ECTN jointly launches the nxfzdl.comrope Day Manifesto:
a powerful catalyst for the future of nxfzdl.comrope”
with nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Alliance 3.3 members
9 May 2020
Today, ECTN is proud to be amongst the first signatories of the nxfzdl.comrope Day Manifesto “Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of nxfzdl.comrope”. This is released on 9 May 2020, on the occasion of nxfzdl.comrope Day which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and the launch of the process of nxfzdl.comropean integration, by the nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Alliance, of which ECTN is a founding member. The nxfzdl.comrope Day Manifesto makes several explicit references to tourism and particularty to the revival of cultural tourism.
The nxfzdl.comrope Day Manifesto devotes one of seven ways in which cultural heritage can act as a catalyst for positive change to tourism under 'Experiencing nxfzdl.comrope':
"6) EXPERIENCING nxfzdl.comROPE
Faced with the catastrophic impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry due to travel and mobility limitations, which puts 13 million nxfzdl.comropean jobs at risk, we fully support the appeal for a major “nxfzdl.com tourism rescue plan”. This plan should include special measures for the revival of cultural tourism, one of the largest and fastest growing tourism segments worldwide which accounts for 40% of all nxfzdl.comropean tourism. Tourism needs cultural heritage and cultural heritage needs tourism. But we recover from this crisis by using it as an opportunity to promote more innovative and sustainable forms of tourism. In doing so, we will deliver lasting benefits for public and private owners of heritage sites and the communities that surround them, generating higher quality experiences and greater enjoyment for visitors".
The ECTN Secretariat has submitted the following statement as a signatory:
"Cultural Tourism will be the main driver for the recovery of the nxfzdl.comropean tourism sector, especially for international visitors from outside nxfzdl.comrope that are always attracted to experience nxfzdl.comropean cultural heritage assets and sites. A specific and targeted campaign and support is therefore needed by nxfzdl.com institutions and nxfzdl.com member states, towards investments in Sustainable Cultutal Tourism development and promotion. This should include intangible heritage, industrial herirage, interpretation facilities, innovation/digitisation, nxfzdl.comropean cultural routes, as well as the contribution of Cultural and Creative Industries to Cultural and Creative Tourism. With sustainable mobility and accessibility towards 'Smart Destinations' in nxfzdl.comrope, including culture and creativity".
The nxfzdl.comrope Day Manifesto can be found and signed on the nxfzdl.comropa Nostra website:
ECTN strongly supports and adopts the call by
ETC and WTTC on nxfzdl.com Member States
to commit to rapid recovery for
the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Sector
ECTN strongly and actively supports the important call by the nxfzdl.comropean travel Commission (ETC) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), launched on 27 April 2020, which states that:
"The nxfzdl.comropean Union is the largest region in the world in terms of international tourism receipts. In 2019, tourism-related spending in the nxfzdl.com reached 427 billion nxfzdl.comros, representing 6.2% of the nxfzdl.com’s total exports. Last year, the Travel & Tourism sector was responsible for more than 27 million jobs, showing how intrinsic and important the sector is to the nxfzdl.comropean economy.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the nxfzdl.comropean Travel & Tourism sector is going through an unprecedented crisis. Increased support from governments now is fundamental and must be a priority to save millions of livelihoods that depend on our sector. An estimated 13 million jobs in Travel & Tourism are at risk in nxfzdl.comrope.
We have recently seen some excellent individual initiatives and leadership from countries and governments around the world, and we believe that full and swift recovery will only be achieved through common efforts and strong public-private collaboration. Therefore, we call on nxfzdl.com Member States to lead and drive a united and coordinated recovery response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Together, the nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) propose nxfzdl.com Member States to jointly commit to four key principles to achieve a faster recovery:
ECTN would like to add that the required recovery of the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Sector will be stronly based on the very rich and unique cultural and heritage assets of nxfzdl.comropean countries, which always will be of great interests to visitors from all over the World. Therefore, nxfzdl.com institutions and Member States should give priority to cultural tourism development and promotion initiatives in all recovery strategies, plans and funds, towards responsible and sustainable cultural tourism in nxfzdl.comrope as a main contributor to socio-economic development, cohesion and employment.
Call for offers 4 May 2020
regarding external expertise for assistance to partners during development of Action Plans in the Cult-CreaTE Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project
The Call document can be requested by email: email@example.com
Closing date for receipt of offers: 12 May 202 24:00 CEST (CLOSED)
nxfzdl.comropean tourism sector demands urgent supportive measures to reduce devastating impact of COVID-19
17 March 2020
The nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the nxfzdl.comropean travel and tourism sector, has issued the following statement on the implementation of urgent measures to limit the COVID-19 outbreak’s impact on the sector.
The effects of the outbreak are already being felt throughout the global economy. Economic activity has dropped, and all evidence points towards a significant downturn in areas affected by the virus. The tourism and travel sector is particularly hit. Millions of jobs are currently at stake, while many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) risk closing their business. Support for tourism must be a priority in the crisis response, recovery plans and actions of affected economies.
The nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto alliance welcomes the immediate response presented by the nxfzdl.comropean Commission on 13th March to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We call for immediate implementation of these measures, which should be reinforced by additional instruments focused on the tourism sector. Action is required now to strengthen the resilience of the sector in the long run and prepare the ground for a swift recovery from this unprecedented crisis.
The nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto alliance calls upon the nxfzdl.comropean Commission and national governments to swiftly implement the following urgent measures:
Download the statement
ECTN Conference 2020 Call for presenters launched
The conference is organised in close cooperation with City of Krk and University of Rijeka, ECTN members.
The submitted Abstracts should address at least one of the following topics linked to cultural and heritage tourism:
Submission deadline: 1st June 2020 (online) - Extended to 1 July (NEW)
nxfzdl.comROPEAN TOURISM SECTOR CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT TO CHINA
The nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the nxfzdl.comropean travel and tourism sector, has issued the following UNWTO. Travel restrictions that exceed such recommendations may cause unnecessary alarm, disruption and adverse economic impact across all sectors.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto alliance
The nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto alliance gathers more than 50 nxfzdl.comropean public and private organisations, covering the whole tourism value chain and beyond. The alliance calls on the nxfzdl.comropean Union for action on key policy priorities for the tourism sector.
ECTN Awards 2020 launched!
Download the call for entries and application form here
The nxfzdl.comropean Association of Via Francigena ways joins ECTN
The Via Francigena is a "Cultural Route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope" according to the definition of the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA) on Cultural Routes approved by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope on 8 December 2010. Via Facigena was amongst the winners of the ECTN Awards 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2019', in the category 'Transnational Thematic Tourism Products'.
The nxfzdl.comropean Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF) is a voluntary association of Regions and Local ities of Italy, Switzerland, France, England, which currently accounts 178 members. It was established on 7 April 2001 in Fidenza (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) to promote the Via Francigena - 1800 kilometres from Canterbury to Rome, through 13 nxfzdl.comropean Regions (Kent; Hauts-de-France; Grand Est; Bourgogne-Franche-Comté; Vaud; Valais; Valle d'Aosta; Piedmont; Lombardy; Emilia-Romagna; Liguria; Tuscany; Lazio), in addition to 4 Regions of southern Italy (Campania, Molise, Basilicata, Apulia) and the Via Francigena of the South in 4 countries (United Kingdom; France; Switzerland; Italy). It carries out activities to enhance and promote the route at all institutional levels: local, regional, national and nxfzdl.comropean. In 2007 the Council of nxfzdl.comrope declares EAVF carrier network ("réseau portnxfzdl.comr") of the Via Francigena, assigning it the role of official reference point for safeguarding, protecting, promoting and developing the Via Francigena in nxfzdl.comrope.
New Honorary Member of ECTN: Mr Michael Cramer, former MEP and Chair of the TRAN Commitee
The ECTN General Assembly has approved the nomination by the Board regarding a new Honorary Member, Mr Michael Cramer, former Member of the nxfzdl.comropean Parliament (Greens, Germany, 2004-2019) and ex-Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN, 2014-2017). Mr Cramer is the founder of the 'Iron Curtain Trail' - nxfzdl.comroVelo13 cycling route, which has been certified as "Cultural Route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope" in 2019. He has been a keynote speaker at ECTN events, namely in the frame of the Cult-RInG Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project, in Riga (November 2017) and in Brussels (October 2018). As a Chair of the TRAN Committee of the nxfzdl.comropean Parliament he has advanced the cause of sustainable cultural tourism and sustainable mobility for tourism. The official award ceremony will take place at the Cult-RInG project high-level event and final conference to be held at end May 2020 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Winners of the ECTN Awards 2019
Joint 1st Prize:
Selasetur Íslands as a Community-Based Tourism Initiative in Northwest Iceland
By Selasetur Íslands The Icelandic Seal Center, Iceland
Joint 1st Prize:
Batana Eco-musnxfzdl.comm: developing cultural tourism and sustainable communities by safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
By Association House of Batana, Croatia
Phyti Embroideries on a weaving loom
By Phyti Community Council, Cyprus
Lagoon of Venice as a new sustainable tourist destination
By “Operatori Turismo Sostenibile della Laguna di Venezia” – OTS Association (Sustainable Tourism Companies), Italy
Cascais Musnxfzdl.comm Quarter: cultural dimension of a travel destination
By Fundação D. Luis I, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal
Scientific heritage as a driving force for Tourism in Girona
By Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, Barcelona, Spain
Innovation and Digitisation
Hackathon “Cultural adventure at your fingertips” in Slovenia
By Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia
Heritage of Venice’s Sailing Tradition: New Digital Routes for Sustainable Tourism
By Civiltà dell'Acqua (Water Civilization) International Centre, Venice, Italy
Digital presentation of the Cultral Heritage of isled of Krk
By Island of Krk Tourist Board, Croatia
Transnational Thematic Tourism Products including Cultural Routes
‘Iron Curtain Trail’ – nxfzdl.comro Velo 13 as official Cultural Route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope
By Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Latvia
‘Via Francigena’ – the cultural route of slow tourism and sustainable development
By nxfzdl.comropean Association of Francigena Ways - carrier network of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope, Italy
‘Argonauts’ return’: a transnational Cultural Tourism Route based on Intangible Heritage of Mythology, Poetry, Literature, Performing and Visual Arts
By Argonautica Network, Greece
Culinary Heritage, Food and Gastronomy Tourism
AgriturAso and “Marche in valigia”: towards a relational tourism destination
By Agritur Aso association, Italy
Zaube Wild Food Festival
By Amata Municipality, Latvia
Universe Alcantara: a network of local entreprennxfzdl.comrs engaged in creating solutions for sustainable tourism in Sicily
By Mediterranean Pearls, Italy
Vines Wines Hikes in Loire Valley
By InterLoire: interprofession des vins du Val de Loire, France
Motovun - the cultural, historical and gastro-oenological center of inland Istria
By Tourist board of the Motovun Municipality, Croatia
Armagnac Confidentiel, secret stones and gourmet vines in Pays d'Armagnac
By Pôle d'Equilibre Territorial et Rural du Pays d'Armagnac, France
Contributions by Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) to Cultural and Creative Tourism
Barcelos Creative City – Contributions of the Crafts and Folk Arts as paths towards a more sustainable tourism
By Barcelos Municipality, Portugal
Legends of Āraiši
By Community of Āraiši, Amata Municipality, Latvia
Erudite Music Season - Revitalization of the National Palaces through Music in Sintra
By Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal
Actions during the nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 - Initiative on
‘Tourism & heritage
‘We Are What We Eat’ – Celebration of Sintra’s Culinary Heritage
By Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal
‘The voices of the choir’ - Tourism & heritage trough the music in Elx/Elche
By Visitelche with Turisme Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
Special Prize of the Jury:
Aquae Calidae - the favourite baths of emperors, tsars and sultans, goes digital in Burgas
By Regional historical musnxfzdl.comm of Burgas, Bulgaria
The winners were announced at the Award ceremony that took place on 24 October in Granada, Spain
The winners and runners-up are selected by the Jury (composed by representatives of ECTN, nxfzdl.comropa Nostra, nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission and NECSTouR), out of 55 applications received from 19 countries (4 non-nxfzdl.com).
ECTN celebrates 10 years of activities 2009 - 2019 !
ECTN was established as AISLB in Brussels on 20 May 2009. This year ECTN celebrates 10 years of continuous activities and growth, from the 6 founding members in 2009 to 29 members in 2019 and from 5 countries to 19 countries!
During its 10 years of existence, ECTN has participated in 5 nxfzdl.com co-funded projects (4 currently active, established by the ECTN Secretariat), organised 9 international conferences and awarded annual prizes for 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism' since 2014.
ECTN is a member of the Stakeholder Committee of the 'nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage 2018' (EYCH2018), selected by the nxfzdl.comropean Commission DG EAC in 2017. ECTN was an official supporter of the UN 'International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017', facilitated by UNWTO. ECTN is a signatory of the 'nxfzdl.comropean Manifesto for Growth & Jobs' led by the nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission and a founding member of the 'nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Alliance 3.3', led by nxfzdl.comropa Nostra.
ECTN keynote address at the International Conference on Archaeology and Tourism, entitled:
'The Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism & the nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage legacy'
ECTN Awards 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism' 2014 - 2019 !
Veneto Region joins ECTN
Veneto Region, Italy, has joined ECTN as a member, following successful cooperation in ECTN projects CHARTS INTERREG IVC (2012-2014), CHRISTA Interreg nxfzdl.comrope (2016-2020) and Cult-CreaTE Interreg nxfzdl.comrope (2018-2022).
ECTN participated in the 3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and CultureThe theme ‘for the Benefit of All’ had two priorities:
1) creating more inclusive partnerships between tourism and culture stakeholders that contribute to SDG implementation; and
2) promoting tourism development that encourages cultural interaction and ensures the benefits are shared by all communities involved.
Androula Vassiliou confirmed as Honorary Member of ECTN
Former nxfzdl.comropean Commissioner for Culture Mrs Androula Vassiliou, currently Vice-President of nxfzdl.comropa Nostra was confirmed as Honorary Member of ECTN at the closing ceremony of the ECTN annual Conference, in Pafos, Cyprus, on 26 October 2018. Mrs Vassiliou had been proposed as ECTN Honorary Member during her term as nxfzdl.com Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, as a recognition of her contribution to cultural tourism in initiatives such the nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Label and her video message at the 2013 ECTN Conference.
Winners of the ECTN Awards 2018 announced!
In partnership with nxfzdl.comropa Nostra and the nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission, supported by NECSTouR
The ECTN 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2018' Awards were announced at a ceremony on 25 October in Pafos, Cyprus. The ECTN Awards for 2018 have been held in cooperation with nxfzdl.comropa Nostra (EN) and the nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission (ETC), supported by NECSToUR, as a contribution to the nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH2018), initiative on 'Tourism and heritage: responsible and sustainable tourism around cultural heritage'. In total 57 candidates from 15 countries had submitted applications, under 7 thematic categories. The selection has been made by a jury comprised by representatives of ECTN, EN, ETC and NECSToUR.
The winners are as follows, by theme category:
Religious & Pilgrimage
The Way of St Francis a new sustainable way to discover Italy,
by Sviluppumbria – Regional Economic Development Agency for Umbria, Italy
South Limburg, a spiritual Awakening
by Tourist Board South Limburg, Netherlands
Camino Lebaniego, the first solar powered “online” pilgrimage route
by Government of Cantabria, Spain
Colonies of Benevolence of Wortel and Merksplas
by Kempens Landschap is a Flemish non-profit organization that aims to protect valuable landscapes in the province of Antwerp, Belgium
A train for the Casilini Ecomusnxfzdl.comm
by Ecomuseo Casilino ad Duas Lauros, Italy
Rota do Românico - An experience founded on History
by VALSOUSA - Associação de Municípios do Vale do Sousa, Portugal
Industrial & Military
Flanders Fields 2014-2018: developing a future-proof, transformative WW1 remembrance tourism
By Visit Flanders, Belgium
Industrial Herritage of Berguedà
by Berguedà Development Agency, Spain
Historic Villages and Towns
The revival of Kalopanayiotis village into a sustainable tourism destination
By Yiannakis Papadouris Foundation, Cyprus
Ostana: return and development
By Comune di Ostana, Italy
Kėdainiai – the unique multicultural XVIIth century town of Dukes Radvilos in the heart of Lithuania
By Kėdainiai District Municipality, Lithuania
Gaudi’s Crypt, the first UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in the World in obtaining the Biosphere Certification of Sustainable Tourism management
by Consorci de Turisme den Baix Llobregat, Spain
Recovery and ruation of the cultural and natural heritage of the historic garden Parc Samà
by Cambrils Municipal Tourist Board, Spain
Routes in Marpissa, a three-day, experiential, cultural festival in the traditional settlement of Marpissa, Paros island
by Routes in Marpissa, Greece
Transnational Thematic Tourism Products
Sea, Nature, Sicily – Underwater and nautical itinenaries
Sicily, Tuscany, Sardinia, Balearic Islands, Provence, Andalusia
by the Phoenician’s Route – Cultural Route of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope
Creation of a Cultural Dipole in a cross border area
Creation of two Musnxfzdl.comms/ cultural poles, in Serres (Greece) and in Petrich (Bulgaria), cooperation on tourism and culture
by Municipality of Serres, Greece
Contributions by Cultural and Creative Industries
Discover Dingli Cliffs – Innovative cultural and eco-tourism activities in rural Dingli, Malta
by La Pinta Ltd., The Cliffs Interpretation Centre, Malta
Imaginarius Creation Centre – Art and Public Space (ICC)
by Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
Istra Inspirit – reviving cultural and historic heritage of Istria through cultural tourism
by Istria Tourism Development Agency, Croatia
Special Prize of the Jury
Raudondvaris Manor stables arrangement and adaption for arts incubator activities
by Public institution “Raudondvaris Manor”, Lithuania
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ECTN participated in the 3rd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism:
Wine Tourism as a Tool for Rural Development
ECTN participated in the 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations 2018
NECSTouR, the Network of nxfzdl.comropean Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism, supports the ECTN Awards for Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2018, as a contribution to the nxfzdl.comropean Travel Commission
ECTN welcomes the nxfzdl.comropean Capital of Smart Tourism initiative!
In line with a preparatory action proposed by the nxfzdl.comropean Parliament, the nxfzdl.comropean Commission is launching a competition to award the title of nxfzdl.comropean Capital of Smart Tourism. This brand new initiative rewards nxfzdl.comropean cities and gives them the opportunity to share their exemplary practices as smart tourism destinations. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.
The initiative will showcase accomplishments by tourism destinations across the nxfzdl.com in the following areas:
ECTN welcomes and supports this excellent initiative, particularly since the areas of Sustainability, Cultural Heritage & Creativity are directly related to ECTN's role in promoting Sustainable Cultural Tourism in nxfzdl.comrope, as well as 'Accessibility to Heritage' being a good practice already included in the ECTN Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism.
ECTN urges all its eligible members to apply.
ECTN in new Interreg nxfzdl.comrope projects!
ECTN is a partner in a new Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project approved by the monitoring committee, one of 54 projects approved out of 234 applications received in the third call for project proposals.
Cult-CreteTE (Cultural and Creative Industries contribution to Cultural and Creative Tourism in Europe) aims to redeploy Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) for the development and promotion of Cultural and Creative Tourism (CCT) strategies, with sustainability, innovations, capitalisation, policy learning, policy implementation and capacity building. Cult-CreteTE is led by Vidzeme Tourism Association in Latvia, with partners Veneto IT, Nicosia CY, Cork IE, Dundee UK, Naoussa EL, Pecs HU, Kujawsko-Pomorskie PL.
ECTN has also supported another winning application, DESTI-SMART (Delivering Efficient Sustainable Tourism with low-carbon transport Innovations: Sustainable Mobility, Accessibility and Responsible Travel), led by Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki, Greece, with partners Bremerhaven DE, Sardenia IT, Mallorca ES, Funchal PT, Hastings UK, Pafos CY, Lake Balaton HU, Greenways LV and Bournemouth University UK as an advisory partner. DESTI-SMART aims to improve the transport and tourism policies of nxfzdl.com destinations, by integrating strategies for sustainable mobility, accessibility and
responsible travel with efficient & sustainable tourism development, for transition to a low-carbon economy, through efficiency, resilience, multimodality, novel low-carbon transport s, cycling & walking, with implementation innovations, policy learning and capacity building.
Both of the above topics, CCIs for CCT and SMART Destinations, are included in the ECTN 'Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism', which is a contribution of ECTN to the nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
ECTN participates in the official opening of the 2018 nxfzdl.com-China Tourism Year at the Doge's Palace, Venice
ECTN had been invited by the nxfzdl.comropean Commission DG GROW to to the official opening of the 2018 nxfzdl.com-China Tourism Year (ECTY) on Friday 19 January 2018 in Venice, at the Doge's Palace and the ECTN Secretary-General participated. The ECTY was announced jointly in July 2016 by the President of the nxfzdl.comropean Commission and the Chinese Prime Minister. It aims at increasing the investment opportunities in China for nxfzdl.comropean operators and boosting nxfzdl.comropean growth and jobs by promoting Chinese tourism to the nxfzdl.com. ECTY was launched by Commissioner Bieńkowska and the Chairman of China National Tourism Administration.
ECTN is ready to contribute to ECTY 2018, in terms of responsible and sustainable cultural tourism which is highly relevant to both nxfzdl.com and China tourism sectors. ECTN is also facilitating synergies between ECTY 2018 and EYCH 2018, as the only member of the EYCH 2018 Stakeholders Committee with a tourism mandate.
A VERY HAPPY AND CREATIVE 2018 - nxfzdl.comROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE !
ECTN participates in the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Day 2017 in Brussels
ECTN participated in the 2017 edition of the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Day on 28 November in Brussels, organised by the nxfzdl.comropean Commission. This year the conference addressed the topic of "The future of nxfzdl.com tourism" and will look into issues such as access to finance under the next nxfzdl.com Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the tourism value chain and its implications on consumers, businesses and local communities as well as the future of tourism governance at nxfzdl.com, national and regional level. The event gathered up to 400 participants, including Commissioners, other representatives of the nxfzdl.comropean Commission and high-level representatives of public ities at nxfzdl.com, national and regional level. We’ll also line up representatives of prominent nxfzdl.comropean sector associations, the tourism and travel industry as well as other relevant stakeholders.
Granada, Spain and Västra Götaland, Sweden, join ECTN Board
Representatives from Granada County Council (Diputación Provincial de Granada) - Spain, and from Västra Götaland Region (Västra Götalands Regionen) - Sweden, have been elected to join the Board of ECTN.
They join the existing Board members, representatives from Vidzeme Tourism Association - Latvia (President), Pafos Regional Board of Tourism - Cyprus (Vice-President), Sibiu County Tourism Association - Romania, CIM Ave - Portugal, and Dubrovnik City Development Agency DURA - Croatia.
10th Cultural Tourism Conference held in Sibiu, Romania, 20-21 September 2017
The 2017 ECTN Annual Conference has been organized in the framework of:
The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017), which is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change. IY2017 aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector, facilitated by UNWTO. nxfzdl.comropean Cultural Tourism Network joined the celebrations of the International Year by promoting tourism`s role in the key area of ‘Cultural Values, Diversity and Heritage’, one of the five key areas of the IY2017.
ECTN organizes an international conference since 2005 on a theme related to cultural tourism in a different country every year. For the past 4 years, the annual conference is organized in the frame of ‘nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Days’ and ‘nxfzdl.comropean Cooperation Day’. Our 2017 Conference theme was dovetailed with the UN IY2017 and took place within IY2017 activities.
The 10th international conference ‘Cultural Values, Diversity and Heritage: Pillars of Sustainable Tourism for Development’ discussed the latest trends in the field of cultural values, diversity and heritage towards sustainable tourism for development, including innovation, creativity, R&D and sustainable tourism product development. The conference explored major challenges, risks and opportunities for sustainable and responsible tourism development related to cultural values, diversity and heritage, as well as suggest practical steps for the development and marketing of cultural tourism products and services. ECTN as a signatory of the ‘nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs' has included this Conference in the Manifesto Working Programme 2017.
The conference was organised in close cooperation with Sibiu County Tourism Association and in conjunction with the Interreg nxfzdl.comrope project CHRISTA – Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism Actions (2016 – 2020).
Message by the UNWTO Secretary-General Message by the Committee of the Regions
ECTN at the Working Group of Member States' experts on Sustainable Cultural Tourism, in Bruges
ECTN presented its aims, activities and the Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism to the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) Working Group of Member States' experts Priority Area C "Cultural and Creative Sectors: Creative Economy and Innovation" Topic C3: Sustainable Cultural Tourism, in Bruges, Belgium, 12 September 2017
nxfzdl.comropean Parliament Conference “A nxfzdl.comropean strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry, a key driver for job creation”, in Brussels on 27 September, International Day of Tourism.
The event was opened by nxfzdl.comropean Parliament President Tajani, with the participation of Vice-President Katainen, the responsible Commissioners, the Chairs of the TRAN, IMCO and CULT parliamentary committees, leading MEPs, as well as the Presidents of the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, senior representatives from the nxfzdl.comropean Investment Bank and other leading stakeholders.
Discover the detailed programme of the event here:
Aimed at citizens, policy makers, the investor community, market participants of the tourist sector and stakeholders’ representatives, the conference will look at the Tourist sector, focussing discussion on three areas:
· Supporting investments, improving the business environment and upgrading skills;
· Tourism innovation and digital economy;
· Promoting nxfzdl.comrope as the number one tourist destination.
ECTN is pleased to welcome new members as well as previous members re-joining, in order to benefit from the activities and strong membership !
ECTN is a member of the:
ECTN is a signatory of the:
MEPs, regions, cities and the tourism industry urge the nxfzdl.comropean Commission to come forward with a nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Strategy. 40 MEPs, more than 70 Members of the nxfzdl.comropean Committee of the Regions and representatives of nxfzdl.comrope's tourism industry call for a comprehensive strategy supporting the tourism sector in an Open Letter addressed to the President of the nxfzdl.comropean Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. READ MORE
EYCH 2018 Stakeholder Committee 1st Report published !
TENDER for subcontracting external expertise regarding policies on INTERPRETATION FACILITIES for SUSTAINABLE and RESPONSIBLE TOURISM in the scope of Interreg nxfzdl.comrope programme project CHRISTA. TENDER is CLOSED!
To receive Tender Specification and Proposal Form, potential Applicants should send a request to email: coordinator(at)culturaltourism-net.nxfzdl.com.
30 May 2017
Civil society calls on nxfzdl.com Leaders to recognise fundamental role of Cultural Heritage for the future of nxfzdl.comrope
3 February 2017
Ahead of the informal summit of nxfzdl.comropean leaders on the future of the nxfzdl.com in Valletta on 03.02.2017, 40 nxfzdl.comropean heritage networks that form the nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Alliance 3.3 are urging nxfzdl.com leaders to recognise the fundamental role of nxfzdl.comrope’s shared cultural heritage for bringing people in nxfzdl.comrope together. READ MORE
37 nxfzdl.comropean and international heritage networks, that are part of the nxfzdl.comropean Heritage Alliance 3.3, including ECTN, have sent a joint letter calling on 28 nxfzdl.com Heads of State or Government to fully support the nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, and especially to allocate adequate financial resources to the implementation of the Year.
Members of the Alliance also urge the nxfzdl.com Heads of State or Government to seize the historic opportunity of the event marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017 to publicly recognise that the entire nxfzdl.comropean project has a wider cultural meaning and significance derived from our shared cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. Read the full text of the letter with the list of signatories HERE.
ECTN organised a special event in Brussels on 30 November 2016, to launch the 2nd edition of the 'Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism' and in preparation for the nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. READ MORE
ECTN Secretary-General Manos Vougioukas made an intervention at the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Day event in Brussels on 29th November 2016.
ECTN President addressed Cultural Routes Forum in Vilnius
25 October 2016
President of nxfzdl.comropean Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Mr Raitis Sijats, addressed the Cultural Routes of the Council of nxfzdl.comrope Forum, which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva from 26 – 27 October 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. READ MORE
nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 announced with particular reference to sustainable cultural tourism
2 September 2016
ECTN greatly welcomes the EYCH 2018 and will strive to incorporate its activities into the EYCH programme. READ MORE
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compelling evidence of the value of cultural heritage and its impact on nxfzdl.comrope’s economy, culture, society and the environment
ECTN signs the nxfzdl.comropean Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs. READ MORE
16 June 2016
TENDER for subcontracting external expertise regarding policies on INTANGIBLE HERITAGE for SUSTAINABLE and RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Tender Specification. Form.
14 June 2016
nxfzdl.com project to protect and preserve nxfzdl.comropean natural and cultural heritage assets and to deploy them for the innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism strategies
31 May 2016
CHRISTA project started in April 2016, involving 10 partners from 10 nxfzdl.com Member States regional and local ities, as well as tourism ities in 9 nxfzdl.com regions. READ MORE
- ECTN welcomes new member to the network from Poland - Podkarpackie Regional Tourism Board, 18.05.2016
- nxfzdl.comropean Commission announces 2018 as ‘nxfzdl.comropean Year of Cultural Heritage’ proposal, 20.04.2016
- ECTN welcomes new member to the network from Georgia - CoR events Flash May / June / July 2015
- Cultural Tourism serves about half of cruise passengers
- New project ideas were presented at the INTERREG nxfzdl.comROPE launch event 'nxfzdl.comrope - let`s Cooperate!'