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Applications now open for the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2024

Applications now open for the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2024

For the seventh year in a row, ETC continues its partnership 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 cultural tourism practices in European destinations.

The theme of this year’s edition of Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards is “European Collaboration for Smart and Sustainable Cultural Tourism Destinations”. The Awards will be given to cultural tourist destinations which have produced significant results such as enhancing the visitor experience, respecting traditions and involving local communities.

Applications are open to all tourist destinations across Europe, national, regional and local authorities, tourism boards and associations, destination management organizations, museums, interpretation centres, cultural routes, festivals and cultural NGOs.

The candidates are invited to showcase results concerning sustainable cultural tourism, under one of the following five categories:

  1. Accessibility to Heritage, both physical and intellectual (in partnership with ENAT – European Network for Accessible Tourism).
  2. Intangible Heritage, including Festivals, performing arts, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, handicrafts, traditional trades.
  3. Digitalisation advances in Smart and Sustainable Cultural Tourism
  4. Transnational Thematic Tourism Products, including European Cultural Routes, European Heritage Label networks and/or cross-border cultural tourism initiatives (involving at least two European countries, not necessarily neighbouring)
  5. Coastal and Maritime Heritage for Sustainable Cultural Tourism

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, which will take place during the 17th International Conference for Cultural Tourism. The event will be organized by ECTN on 23rd-26th October 2024 in Dublin (Republic of Ireland), as an acknowledgement of the award as “European Capital of Smart Tourism 2024”.

More information about the requirements can be found at: Download Call for EntriesDownload Declaration Form.

The deadline for applications is extended to 15th June 2024 at 17:00 CEST and the applicants must submit their application by filling in the form on the online platform .