EU awards scheme launched: ‘Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism’.

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an EU initiative which aims to engage more people to discover Europe’s diverse cultural heritage.  The European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) and Europa Nostra (pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage) have joined forces to make a contribution to the year and address one of its 10 initiatives: ‘Tourism … [Read more…]

Sustainable Georgia: a must see destination for visitors and tourism planners

Georgia, the country claiming to be the birthplace of wine,  is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvellous canvas for walkers, riders, cyclists, rafters and travellers of any kind (Lonely Planet).  Wine tourism, mountain tourism, sustainable tourism, have been the key themes of international conferences and events, showing the leadership of Georgia … [Read more…]

A Conversation with Eduardo Santander, Executive Director at European Travel Commission (ETC).

Which is the main scope of the Tourism Manifesto? Why was it needed? Tourism represents a key sector of the European economy, generating almost 10% of total EU-28 GDP and employing 25 million people. Despite these valuable benefits, European tourism does not receive the importance it deserves on the policy making scene. In response to … [Read more…]

Tourism and Cultural projects for Africa

Cultural and Tourism Background stories for Africa to share and debate during our Lab Session How to leverage the benefits of culture for sustainable development?”  the 3rd of June from 18h00 to 19h15 organized for the EUDEVDAYS2015. The Lab Session includeS a session with Keynote Speakers and  four discussion groups led through the interactive method ‘Barcamp’. FEST , UNESCO and the … [Read more…]


The European Parliament Tourism Task Force, in line with the Report on “Europe the world’s No 1 tourist destination” (2011),  proposes six priorities to work on for 2012 and 2013 : Cooperation, Tourism for all, Attracting New Flows, Diversification, Quality, Resources.  The Task Force is chaired  the TRAN Chair, currently  Mr Brian Simpson, and the standing Rapporteur from the … [Read more…]


The EU Commission has published a new call for proposals in the framework of the Preparatory action “Tourism and accessibility for all”, financed by the European Parliament. The overall purpose of this call is to” incentivise and reward European destinations which make accessibility as a key priority in their promotional offer”. Specific aims of the European Excellence … [Read more…]

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Awards winners announced

On the evening of the 1st of June, at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Awards were announced, with the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and President of Europa Nostra. This year 28 … [Read more…]

New EC initiative “Crossroads of Europe” to promote European Cultural and Religious Routes

The European Commission organises the first annual event “Crossroads of Europe” whose aim is to highlight places and routes in Europe associated with a coming together of different cultures. For the first year, the event  will be focused on cultural and religious routes and it will take place  in Pavia (Italy) from 6th to 10th June 2012.  ‘Crossroads of Europe’ … [Read more…]

European Commission approves new restoration funding for Pompeii

Yesterday, the European Commission approved funding from the European Regional Development Fund for a major project to restore the  UNESCO site of Pompeii, in Campania, Italy. The decision comes in response to damage suffered at the site after torrential rains last November and hailstorms in 2010. The project, called ‘preservation, maintenance and improvement of the archaeological … [Read more…]