Accesible Tourism and Greenways at FITUR / Coordination meeting / Greenways4tour at International events: Navarra and Lisbon

  The EC Director of Tourism, in the centre, reminded that greenways form part of sustainable tourism strategy in Europe.


Workshops on Accessible Tourism and Greenways at FITUR (Madrid)

The workshops were organized jointly by PREDIF and the European Greenways Association (EGWA) with the collaboration of the Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles, with the aim of raising the awareness of tourism sector professionals and public administrations regarding accessible tourism, its advantages and its opportunities.

During the event, which took place on February
 1st two workshops were held, one of which was devoted to greenways and, more specifically, to the presentation of the "Greenways4tour project, funded by the DG for Tourism of the European Commission. The main aim of the project is to promote awareness of European greenways as excellent infrastructures for all kinds of users - cyclists, hikers and disabled persons – and to help expand the offer of sustainable tourism in Europe.

This workshop was opened by Pedro Ortún, European Commission Director of Tourism, who underlined the Commission’s interest in fostering the development of greenways as one of their priority strategies to promote sustainable tourism in Europe. He also highlighted the effort they were making to ensure that tourism takes its place as a cross-cutting activity in the various fields of work of the European Commission: transport, education, culture, rural development, etc.

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The Greenways4tour team at the end of the meeting.

Internal coordination meeting

The day before the workshop there was an internal coordination meeting for the Greenways4tour project which dealt with the observatory, video, brochures and the preliminary best practices guidelines, all of which were to be presented during the Accessible Tourism Workshops, and in which the latest work to be performed as part of the project was discussed.

Gilbert Perrin, President of EGWA, coordinated the round table on greenways

The Greenways4tour project at the 4th International Conference on Rural Tourism of Navarre

The programme of this 4th edition of the conference, held on February 21st and 22nd under the slogan “Green Holidays“, focused on the need to steer rural tourism towards more sustainable and ecological practices, destinations with eco-labels, and green and nature-based tourism. Organized by the Government of Navarre and the Navarre Rural Tourism Federation, it attracted around 350 international professionals and experts from such countries as Spain, Austria, Germany, the UK, France and Latvia.

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The Director of EGWA, between the President of the Região de Turismo do Centro and the President CIM Dao Lafoes, encouraged the continuing promotion of “Ecopistas” as a tourist destination.

Presentation of the "Greenways4tour" project at the Lisbon International Tourism Exhibition 2013 

The presentation took place on February 27th and was organized by the Comunidade Intermunicipal (CIM) Dão Lafões, as a partner of the European Greenways4tour project, as part of the events promoting the Regiao Centro de Portugal, the Guest National Destination of this edition of BTL 2013.

The event was presented by the President of the Região de Turismo do Centro, Pedro Machado, and included a presentation by Carlos Marta, President of CIM Dão Lafões, who highlighted the Ecopista do Dão as one of his region’s finest tourist attractions and the high satisfaction levels of the users of the trail, 95% according to data from a recent survey. The Director of the EGWA also addressed the audience; she presented the Greenways4tour project and stressed how attractive greenways were as a sustainable tourist destination in the European Union. 

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