Saint Paul's footsteps Cultural Route EGTC welcomes the cooperation between UNWTO and Council of Europe on promoting Cultural Routes
As announced on 23 November 2021, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Council of Europe will work together to develop the opportunities tourism offers to local communities and to enhance the tourist experience along the European region's Cultural Routes.
At the plenary session on 22 October 2021, the European Cultural Route of 'In the footsteps of St Paul, the Apostle of the nations' was presented by ECTN, including the launch of the video documentary on the Cultural Route produced by ECTN.
1st EGTC annual Conference held on 15 December 2020
ECTN organised the 1st Conference as a founding member of the respective European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), established in the frame of: Cult-RInG Interreg Europe project 'Cultural Routes as Investment for Growth and Jobs',
- Region of Central Macedonia, Greece
- Lazio Region, Italy
- Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus.
The full programme and video recordings can be found here.
According to the announcement by both UNWTO and Council of Europe:
"The joint actions will be aimed at recognizing the added value that cultural routes offer for sustainable tourism development, cultural heritage safeguarding and intercultural dialogue. The collaboration will also further highlight the routes’ potential for advancing social, economic and cultural development, benefitting both Europe and its partner countries by strengthening cultural and historical ties."
All of the above are highly relevant to the European Cultural Route of St Paul's footsteps, given the high profile of Apostle Paul's legacy in Europe and the involvement of competent regional authorities and tourism organisations in the founding of the respective EGTC. In particular, the development of sustainable cultural tourism is of top prioriry along the Cultural Route and related UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through founding member ECTN the EGTC will contribute to the UNWTO/Council of Europe initiative in the EU partner regions and beyond.
The overall theme of the Conference was the regenearion of European tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity, following the pandemin in 2020 and 2021. Cultural Routes was one of the sub-themes in terms of transnational thematic tourism products.
The ECTN Conference was opened by the President of the Greek National Tourism Organisation who expressed interest in the European Cultural Route of St Paul's footsteps. There were also messages by the Cyprus Deputy Minister of Tourism and a Member of European Parliament Culture Committee.
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