Interreg Europe CHRISTA project extended till September 2022
The CHRISTA project in the EU Interreg Europe interregional cooperation programme is extended for a further 12 months, October 2021 - September 2022, regarding the impacts of the pandemic and the very much needed recovery of sustainable cultural tourism. The extension is approved by Interreg Europe programme, following a special call. ECTN as an advisory partner has been the instigator of the additional application and will support the partners with expertise.
The following key topics will be addressed:
1. Facing the pandemic crisis, in terms of exchanges regarding protection measures taken to avoid the spread of coronavirus amongst visitors to cultural & heritage places of interest & still continue to develop cultural tourism through virtual means.
2. Regenerating European tourism through culture & heritage in the post-pandemic era, particularly involving Intangible heritage, Industrial heritage, Interpretation of heritage & Innovation / digitisation policies (i.e. the CHRISTA 4 I), for sustainable & responsible tourism actions.
The CHRISTA partnership comprises tourism boards & associations, regional & local authorities, supported by advisory partner.
St Paul's footsteps Cultural Route under evaluation by the Council of Europe !
The ECTN Awards ceremony took place in Athens, Greece, on 21 October 2021,
at the 14th Conference for Cultural Tourism in Europe
ECTN supports the UNWTO World Tourism Day 2021 !
Cultural Tourism as a main driver of Inclusive Growth will be highlighted at the ECTN annual Conference and Awards 2021.
The ECTN 2021 events are included in the WTD 2021 lists of events worldwide.
ECTN welcomes the adoption of the 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' Regulation by the EU Council and Parliament
ECTN as a signatory of the Tourism Manifesto joins the other 60+ travel and tourism organisations in calling on EU Member States to ensure the implementation in order to enable the restart of European tourism, particularly thorugh culture, heritage and creativity, with sustainability and resilience.
Download the Tourism Manifesto Press Release
ECTN a partner in a new Horizon2020 project on Cultural Heritage Management
ECTN is a partner in the new ReInHerit project, Horizon2000 programme. ReInHerit is a Coordinating and Support Action (CSA), 100% funded by the Eurropean Union Horizon2020 programme. The project coordinator is the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and partners are from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain, Austria and Finland. The project started in March 2021 with a 3-year duration.
ECTN's role is to lead the work on Best Practices regarding Cultural Heritage Management and Cultural Tourism, including organisation of study visits in relevant museums and cultural sites. Best practices will be collected by ECTN members, particularly in countries not represented in the ReInHerit consortium. Furthermore, ECTN will contribute to a 'smart tourism app' development, travelling and digital exhibitions, policy implications for the Research and Innovation Agenda in the next Horizon Europe programme, dissemination and communication activities. The ECTN annual conference will include a special session on ReInHerit CSA in 2023 and 2024.
ECTN supports the European Cultural Heritage Green Paper “Putting Europe’s shared heritage at the heart of the European Green Deal”
by Europa Nostra in cooperation with ICOMOS and the Climate Heritage Network, with the input of other members of the European Heritage Alliance, also supported by the European Investment Bank Institute and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union
There are some 40 references on tourism, including sustainable cultural tourism, therefore this document is of high relevance to the work of ECTN. It will be certainly included in the revised 4th edition of the "Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism", currently in progress to be launched at the ECTN Conference and Awards ceremony in Athens, Greece, on 21-22 October 2021.
Executive Summary and Full Paper
ECTN welcomes the European Commission proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU
Press Release by Tourism Manifesto Alliance
ECTN supports the #Tourism4Recovery campaign and the
‘Call for Action: Accelerate Social and Economic Recovery by Investing in Sustainable Tourism Development’
ECTN welcomes the new guidelines on responsible restart of cultural tourism by UNWTO in collaboration with UNESCO
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ECTN celebrated 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 EU 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 a member of the Stakeholders Commitee for the EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE 2018, selected by the European Commission DG Education & Culture (EAC)
ECTN is the only member of the EYCH 2018 Stakeholders Committee with a tourism mandate
ECTN welcomes new members and previous members rejoining
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