This coming October (7th to 10th) the European Committee of Regions and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO) are hosting the 11th European Week of Regions and Cities, taking place in Brussels.
Over four days, more than 6000 participants- local, regional and European decision-makers and experts are gathering to discuss issues and projects related to regional and local development. The week of events will provide a platform for capacity-building and for the exchange of experience and good practice.
The event will be structured around three thematic priorities: Managing Change 2014-2020, Synergies and Cooperation, Challenges and Solutions.
The workshops will take place in Brussels’ EU quarter, two of them will be fully dedicated to tourism.
The first workshop, Creative Tourism Development: creating jobs among Europe’s regions (October 8th) intends to explore and highlight growth and job/creating aspects of creative tourism within the diversity and richness of Europe’s regions. The premise is that Europe has something authentic to present while actively involving visitors in its own development. Creative tourism fosters the promotion of local and regional identities, helps to further European integration and, at the same time, represents a great opportunity, particularly for developing regions, to use their authenticity and boost jobs and growth.
The second workshop, Business? Culture? Tourism? Take your pick! Brainstorm ideas to boost growth and jobs (October 9th) aims at debating on the future of Europe and its recovery from the present crisis. As the Europe 2020 Strategy states, ‘Europe should move towards an economy that is smart, sustainable and inclusive’. The idea of the workshop is to discuss how these goals can be met by working with three linked sectors: business development, culture and tourism. Discussions will centre on European Capitals of Europe, creative industries, business tourism and plans for strategic revitalisation.
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