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From Suceava to Vicenza: Register now for the next EUROPETOUR meeting at the FRH Conference

It has been a tremendously successful EUROPETOUR meeting in Suceava, Romania this past summer. From participating in a traditional dance with the locals, to marvelling at the skilled craftspeople of the Bucovina area, to being literally taken away & left breathless in front of the UNESCO World Heritage painted outdoor fresco churches: EUROPETOUR is European cultural tourism development at its best. To this end, the entire project team is working hard to develop multilingual training modules for stakeholders in cultural heritage tourism across Europe, based on the outcome of the EUROPETOUR survey.

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EUROPETOUR Project Meeting in Suceava, Romania

Somewhere in the north part of Romania, the EUROPETOUR project team is set to discover a small piece of heaven: Bucovina. Famous for its countless churches and monasteries, the north-eastern parts of Romania are center stage to our vision of developing training modules for stakeholders in cultural tourism management across Europe. To do so, we will be visiting the famous local Dragomirna & Moldovita monasteries, among others.
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The Results of our Country Analysis & Training Needs for Cultural Tourism in Rural Areas are now published!

At the beginning of 2016, the EUROPETOUR team has successfully conducted the first-ever, European cultural tourism survey on qualification needs of stakeholders in rural cultural tourism among its members and networking partners from Bulgaria, Belgium, Romania, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany and Austria. During our past meeting in the Lower Austrian Mostviertel destination, we have discussed and presented all relevant conclusions from the EUROPETOUR survey. These results are now published in a report, available for download here.
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Survey Results from our 2nd EuropeTour Meeting in Waidhofen

Our EuropeTour experts from Spain, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Belgium, Germany & Austria have once again gathered in order to discuss results from our previously conducted EuropeTour survey so as to establish training modules for stakeholders in cultural tourism. EuropeTour partner Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) conducted the survey and analysed the results with country specific input of all partners and their respective regions.

The principal aim of the EuropeTour survey has been to disclose the training needs of stakeholders in cultural tourism across Europe. The survey has been conducted neither exhaustively nor scientifically, but rather as a bottom-up, practical approach highlighting the most relevant issues currently being discussed in rural cultural tourism development. Continue reading

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The EUROPETOUR Project Team meets again in Mostviertel

The last days of April will again be home to the international gathering of all EUROPETOUR partners, hosted by our project partner E-C-C (“Education – Culture – Citizenship”) in the Mostviertel destination in Lower Austria. The Mostviertel has been chosen for its long-standing history of culture and tradition that forms the basis of modern-day rural cultural tourism. Our goal this time is to discuss the results of the EUROPETOUR survey, followed by a proposed analysis of the qualification gaps of local actors for cultural tourism.
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The EUROPETOUR team celebrates growing interest in cultural tourism at ITB Berlin

Over the past couple of months, the EUROPETOUR team has been working hard on getting the first results of our international cultural tourism country analysis under way, which are due to be published shortly in the lead-up to our next project meeting in Waidhofen, Austria. Meanwhile, ITB Berlin provided us with another chance to meet & greet international media representatives and trade visitors at the world’s largest travel trade show in March 2016. Continue reading

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The EUROPETOUR Survey

EUROPETOUR calls upon all stakeholders in cultural tourism, tourism destination management companies, local community members and economic institutions to participate in this valuable survey. Our aim is to gather experiences from cultural tourism management across Europe in order to identify areas of interest for further education and training. Participating in this survey allows us to better understand how cultural tourism in rural area works and which tools are necessary for stakeholders to achieve their goals (“more visitors”, “more overnight stays”, “more income”).
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EUROPETOUR takes off in Bad Wimpfen

From December 1st – 4th, the regional tourism association Heilbronner Land, who is one of the ten EUROPETOUR partners, is hosting the first-ever gathering of this prestigious European cultural tourism project. The little town north-west of the Baden-Württemberg capital Stuttgart at the river Neckar is the perfect place for a project focused on European cultural tourism, according to managing director Tanja Seegelke: “Bad Wimpfen is a model for a small historic German city with a rich cultural history in a rural area.” Continue reading

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EUROPETOUR – Developing cultural tourism networks in rural areas of Europe

Since 2011, the cultural tourism network KIRA developed and managed by the German association “Kultur und Arbeit” has been working on providing support to cultural tourism institutions, their employees and partners across the areas of the Taubertal, Hohenlohe and the country around Heilbronn. Now, its 250 members are set to benefit from another great achievement: The funding of the association by the European Commission as part of the EUROPETOUR project. Continue reading