San Sebastián and Wroclaw designated European Capitals of Culture for 2016

On the 10th of May 2012, the European Council adopted a decision officially designating Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain) and Wroclaw (Poland) as European Capitals of Culture for 2016. The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou congratulated the two winning cities and declared that “this flagship cultural initiative is a unique opportunity to reap enormous cultural, social and economic … [Read more…]

2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards winners announced

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council, are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide. The Awards focus on four key categories. This years’ winners have been announced yesterday: Destination Stewardship: Destination Røros, Norway This award goes to a destination – … [Read more…]

2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards: finalists unveiled

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) just unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The awards recognise sustainable tourism achievements among businesses and destinations across the full spectrum of the industry, in four categories: Destination Stewardship Entrants have successfully managed a sustainable tourism programme at the destination level, incorporating social, cultural, … [Read more…]

European Green Capital 2012

The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) won the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) 2012. The EGCA is an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2010 to recognize the role that local authorities play in improving the environment, the economy and the quality of life of growing urban populations. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the third European city to … [Read more…]

Sustainable tourism across Europe: EDEN Award 2011

On the occasion of the European Tourism Day, which took place on 27 September in Brussels and focused on European Industrial Heritage, twenty-one destinations from across Europe received the 2011 EDEN Award. EDEN is the acronym for ‘European Destinations of Excellence’, a European Commission (EC) initiative aims to promote Europe’s emerging and lesser known tourist … [Read more…]