Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2024: Apply by 1 June

The theme of the 2024 edition of Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards is “European Collaboration for Smart and Sustainable Cultural Tourism Destinations”. The Awards will be given to cultural tourist destinations which have produced significant results, such as enhancing the visitor experience, respecting traditions and involving local communities.

The Awards scheme was launched during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and seeks to contribute to its legacy. For the seventh year in a row, Europa Nostra has strengthened its partnership with the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), the European Travel Commission (ETC) and the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) to encourage the development of sustainable cultural tourism practices in European destinations.

Applications are open to all tourist destinations across Europe, national, regional and local authorities, tourism boards and associations, destination management organisations, museums, interpretation centres, cultural routes, festivals and cultural NGOs.

Applicants are invited to showcase results concerning sustainable cultural tourism, under one of the following 5 categories:

  1. Accessibility to Heritage, both physical and intellectual (in partnership with ENAT – European Network for Accessible Tourism)
  2. Intangible Heritage, including festivals, performing arts, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, handicrafts, traditional trades
  3. Digitalisation Advances in Smart and Sustainable Cultural Tourism
  4. Transnational Thematic Tourism Products, including European Cultural Routes, European Heritage Label networks and/or cross-border cultural tourism initiatives (involving at least 2 European countries, not necessarily neighbouring)
  5. Coastal and Maritime Heritage for Sustainable Cultural Tourism

Applications must be submitted by filling in the form on the online platform by 1 June 2024 at 23:59 CEST.

For more information, download the Call for Entries and the Declaration Form.

The winners of the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2024 will be announced during the 17th International Conference for Cultural Tourism organised by ECTN on 23-26 October 2024 in Dublin (Ireland), as an acknowledgment of the award as “European Capital of Smart Tourism 2024”.

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