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Veliko Tarnovo: A hotbed for cultural tourism development in Bulgaria

For the first time in 2017, the EUROPETOUR partnership has again gathered in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, north central Bulgaria. Hosted in conjunction with the city’s International Cultural Tourism Fair, as well as our Bulgarian partner’s INI-Novation first multiplier event, the meeting proved to be very successful indeed, putting the final touches to the collection of training modules, written as a result of the EUROPETOUR survey conducted in 2016.

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First Bulgarian Multiplier Event & Cultural Tourism Conference in Veliko Tarnovo

Following a successful networking event at ITB Berlin this year, the EUROPETOUR family is proud to meet again in Bulgaria in early April 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to highlight and discuss progress made on the EUROPETOUR training modules for stakeholders in cultural tourism, including those attending from the Bulgarian region of Veliko Tarnovo.

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EUROPETOUR Project Meeting in Vicenza, Italy

For the third time in 2016, the EUROPETOUR team has gathered in the town of Vicenza, Italy. The aim has been to discuss the content, structure and writing style of the training modules for stakeholders in cultural tourism development, and to use the conference “Tourists, Travellers & Pilgrims” of EUROPETOUR partner “Future for Religious Heritage” for dissemination purposes about the goals & aims of EUROPETOUR.

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Join the FRH Tourism, Pilgrimage & Religious Heritage Conference in Italy!

The European Network “Future for Religious Heritage” (FRH), a strong networking partner within the EUROPETOUR project, will have their Biennial Conference from 9-11 November 2016 in Vicenza, Italy. Once again this year, it will bring together those committed to save and promote religious heritage across Europe and beyond. Several topics are dedicated to religious heritage tourism, which is an important part of cultural tourism.

The conference “Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe” will examine pilgrimage in both its traditional and modern sense. As such, it will likewise be an example of how to involve and engage people in religious heritage.

Registration is now open and you are welcome to join.

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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