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Cultural Routes: an e-learning tool to drive mountain areas on the path of sustainable tourism

The first online training course on Cultural Routes is now available. Developed within the Routes4U programme, this e-learning module aims at fostering regional development in macro-regions through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The Routes4U programme is a joint initiative between the Council of Europe (Directorate General of Democracy) and the European Union (European Commission – DG REGIO), running from 2017 to 2020.

 

Promoting Alpine mountains thanks to Cultural Routes

The Cultural Routes programme is an initiative launched by the Council of Europe in 1987 with the Declaration of Santiago de Compostela. Cultural Routes are an invitation to discover the diverse European heritage and aim at putting into practice the core values of the Council of Europe such as cultural diversity, human rights, intercultural dialogue and exchanges beyond borders. 30 cultural routes already exist within this framework, promoting various dimensions of the European heritage from landscapes to gastronomy and arts. As an example, the “Pyrenean Iron Route” was certified as Cultural Route in 2003. It promotes the working of iron in the Pyrenees from the 17th to the 19th century via “an interesting walk through mountain scenery and combining culture and industrial history”.

To further develop Cultural Routes, the Council of Europe and the European Union launched the Routes4U programme to stimulate sustainable growth in the tourism sector while promoting the cultural heritage of macro-regions. Different activities can be developed, such as assistance to cultural project in the regions and identification of good practices to answer the following specific objectives in the EU macro-regions:

  •  Foster sustainable growth for creative industries and tourism sector,
  • Strengthen the cultural tourism sector and develop cultural routes projects,
  • Improve the visibility of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe,
  • Encourage regional investment along the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

 

An online training module of Routes4U on Cultural Routes’ certification

Routes4U aims at developing very concrete tools to foster regional development through cultural heritage policies. One outcome for example is the creation of guidelines for transnational policies on Cultural Routes. Capacity building is also one of the tools highlighted by the Council of Europe to achieve the objectives. In this regard, the first e-learning module was made available “The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: step-by-step guidance on the certification and the implementation”.

This first online training course targets local authorities and tourism operators in macro-regions and aims at developing new skills and knowledge of Cultural Routes. The course is free and does not require any specific background knowledge but does, however, provide an attendance certification to participants if they pass the final test.

During this 2-hour e-learning module, participants learn about the Council of Europe’s Cultural Route label and its potential in attracting tourists and encouraging the sustainable development of territories. They also get the chance to understand the added value of this certification for cultural heritage projects or regions. Examples of existing Cultural Routes in the EU macro-regions, including EUSALP, are presented as well as best practices. Moreover, the course focuses on the relevance of macro-regional strategies when creating new Cultural Routes. The content of the course includes videos, infographics as well as check lists to refer to when planning the creation of a new Cultural Route. Participants are evaluated through practical exercises.

 

 

Cultural heritage is an integral part of the identity and pride of mountain people and shows the diversity of mountain areas. In September 2018, Euromontana organised the XI European Mountain Convention in Romania, under the core theme of cultural heritage as an engine for innovation and development. Members and participants agreed on a common declaration to call upon EU, national and regional institutions to better recognise the value of mountain cultural and natural heritage. In this regard, Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe appear as a promising tool to promote cultural heritage in macro-regions and mountain areas. Together with the development of good practices on cultural heritage and the multiplication of initiatives on sustainable tourism in the Alpine region for example, the online course developed by Routes4U can build a useful common foundation to interlocutors of the tourism sector in mountain areas.

You can access this e-learning course here. More information on the Routes4U programme can be found on its webpage, including examples of Cultural Routes, macro-regional priorities and a good practices database.

 

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15 May 2019

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Vă invităm în perioada 23 – 25 mai 2019, la cea de-a XXI–a ediţie a Conferinţei ştiinţifice internaţionale "Turismul rural românesc în context internațional. Actualitate şi perspective", ce va avea loc la Vatra Dornei.

We invite you on May 23 - 25, 2019, at the XXIth edition of the International Scientific Conference "Romanian Rural Tourism in an International Context. Actuality and Perspectives", to be held in Vatra Dornei.

Organizatori: Agenția Națională a Zonei Montane, împreună cu Academia Română, filiala Iaşi – Institutul de Cercetări Economice şi Sociale "Gh. Zane" și Institutul Național de Cercetări Economice "Costin C. Kiriţescu"/INCE Centrul de Economie Montana "CE-MONT" Vatra Dornei, Ministerul Agriculturii și Dezvoltării Rurale – Reteaua Nationala de Dezvoltare Rurala - RNDR, alături de Primăria Municipiului Vatra Dornei, Asociaţia Naţională de Turism Rural Ecologic şi Cultural - ANTREC Bucovina, Institutul Naţional de Cercetare Dezvoltare în Turism - INCDT Bucureşti, Asociaţia Europeană a Ţărilor cu Munţi – Euromontana și Asociația Generală a Economiștilor din România AGER - Filiala Iaşi.

Evenimentul se adresează oamenilor de știință, cercetătorilor, cadrelor didactice universitare, doctoranzilor, masteranzilor, cu preocupări în cercetarea fenomenului turistic din spațiul rural, care, împreună cu managerii de pensiuni turistice și agroturistice încearcă să găsească soluții optime de revigorare a mediului rural și a fenomenului turistic din acest spaţiu.

Tematica manifestării:
 Turismul rural și agroturismul în contextul dezvoltării durabile la nivel naţional, regional și global;
 Tradiționalism vs. modernism în turismul rural;
 Strategii naționale și regionale de dezvoltare a turismului rural;
 Managementul și marketingul e-turismului;
 Comportamentul prestatorilor şi consumatorilor de servicii de turism rural;
 Rolul legislaţiei în domeniu în promovarea şi dezvoltarea turismului rural;
 Turismul rural din perspectivă multidisciplinară şi interdisciplinară: economie, sociologie, drept, psihologie, antropologie, etnografie, folclor etc.
 Bune practici internaționale

Lucrările Conferinței vor avea loc la Agenția Națională a Zonei Montane, din Vatra Dornei, strada Runc nr. 23, în „Amfiteatrul Munților”, după următorul Program:
Joi, 23 mai
13.00 - 14.00 Înregistrarea participanților
14.00 - 14.30 Deschiderea oficială
14.30 - 15.30 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea I
15.30 - 16.00 Pauză cafea
16.00 - 19.00 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea II
20.00 - 21.00 Cina
Vineri, 24 mai
09.00 - 11.00 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea III
11.00 - 11.30 Pauză cafea
11.30 - 14.00 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea IV
14.00 - 15.30 Pauză de masă
15.30 - 17.30 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea V
17.30 - 18.00 Pauză cafea
18.00 - 19.30 Dezbateri, Concluzii
19.30 - 20.00 Închiderea lucrărilor
20.00 - 21.00 Cina festivă
Sâmbătă, 25 mai
09.30 - 16.00 Aplicaţie practică în comuna Vama

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