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Applications now open for the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2021

Applications now open for the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2021

For the fourth year in a row ETC has once again partnered up with the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Europa Nostra and the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) to encourage the development of sustainable tourism destinations around Europe.

The theme of this year’s edition of Awards is ‘Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity’. The Awards will be given for achievements by cultural tourist destinations which have produced significant results related to enhancing visitor experience while respecting traditions and involving local communities.

The Joint Awards are open to all tourist destinations across Europe, national, regional and local authorities, tourism boards and associations, destination management organisations, museums, interpretation centres, cultural routes, festivals and cultural NGOs. They are invited to showcase their results and outputs in sustainable cultural tourism under six selected categories:

  1. Archaeological Sites and Museums as Cultural Tourism Attractions
  2. Walking Tourism and Slow Travel – Synergies with Cultural Tourism, supported by ‘Via Francigena’ cultural route of the Council of Europe
  3. Digitalisation in Sustainable Cultural Tourism, towards Smart Destinations
  4. Transnational Thematic Tourism Products, including European Cultural Routes
  5. Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) contribution to Cultural and Creative Tourism development, in the framework of the ‘International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021’ and Interreg Europe Cult-CreaTE project, supported by ‘Creative Tourism Network’
  6. Railway Heritage Assets for Cultural Tourism, in the framework of the ‘European Year of Rail 2021’.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the 14th International Conference for Cultural Tourism on 20-23 October 2021 in Athens, Greece.


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