2018 marks the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an EU initiative which aims to celebrate and engage more people to discover Europe’s diverse cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Thus, ETC has joined forces with ECTN and Europa Nostra, from the heritage sector, to address one of the 10 initiatives of the Year: ‘Tourism and Heritage: Responsible and Sustainable Tourism around Cultural Heritage’.
The Awards form a special edition of ECTN’s annual ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism’ awards, this year focused on ‘Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism’. 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, and will cover the following heritage-related aspects of cultural tourism:
1. Religious and Pilgrimage
2. Coastal and Maritime
3. Cultural Landscapes
4. Industrial and Military
5. Historic Houses, Villages and Cities
6. Transnational Thematic Products
7. Contributions by Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs)
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the 11th International Conference for Cultural Tourism on 25-27th of October in Pafos, Cyprus. Applications are open to all tourist destinations across Europe, local and regional authorities, tourism boards and associations, destination management organisations, and cultural NGOs.
Applications are now closed.