Finalists of the destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2019 announced

The European Travel Commission announced the finalists of the destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2019, a prize with a mission to strengthen the sustainable development of Europe as a tourist destination.
The finalists were selected by a Jury composed by representatives of ECTN, Europa Nostra, European Travel Commission, NECSTouR and the European Commission (DG EAC), out of 55 applications received from 19 countries (4 non-EU).

The finalists by category are:

Intangible Heritage

  • Batana Eco-museum: developing cultural tourism and sustainable communities by safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
    By Association House of Batana, Croatia
  • Lagoon of Venice as a new sustainable tourist destination
    By “Operatori Turismo Sostenibile della Laguna di Venezia” – OTS Association (Sustainable Tourism Companies), Italy
  • Phyti Embroideries on a weaving loom
    By Phyti Community Council, Cyprus
  • Selasetur Íslands as a Community-Based Tourism Initiative in Northwest Iceland
    By Selasetur Íslands The Icelandic Seal Center, Iceland

Heritage Interpretation

  • Cascais Museum Quarter: cultural dimension of a travel destination
    By Fundação D. Luis I, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal
  • Scientific heritage as a driving force for Tourism in Girona
    By Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, Barcelona, Spain

Innovation and Digitisation

  • Aquae Calidae – the favourite baths of emperors, tsars and sultans, goes digital in Burgas
    By Regional historical museum of Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Digital presentation of the Cultural Heritage of isled of Krk
    By Island of Krk Tourist Board, Croatia
  • Hackathon “Cultural adventure at your fingertips” in Slovenia
    By Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia
  • Heritage of Venice’s Sailing Tradition: New Digital Routes for Sustainable Tourism
    By Civiltà dell’Acqua (Water Civilization) International Centre, Venice, Italy

Transnational Thematic Tourism Products including Cultural Routes

  • ‘Argonauts’ return’: a transnational Cultural Tourism Route based on Intangible Heritage of Mythology, Poetry, Literature, Performing and Visual Arts
    By Argonautica Network, Greece
  • ‘Iron Curtain Trail’ – Euro Velo 13 as official Cultural Route of the Council of Europe
    By Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Latvia
  • ‘Via Francigena’ – the cultural route of slow tourism and sustainable development
    By European Association of Francigena Ways – carrier network of the Council of Europe, Italy

Gastronomy Tourism

  • AgriturAso and “Marche in valigia”: towards a relational tourism destination
    By Agritur Aso association, Italy
  • Universe Alcantara: a network of local entrepreneurs engaged in creating solutions for sustainable tourism in Sicily
    By Mediterranean Pearls, Italy
  • Zaube Wild Food Festival
    By Amata Municipality, Latvia

Wine Tourism

  • Armagnac Confidentiel, secret stones and gourmet vines in Pays d’Armagnac
    By Pôle d’Equilibre Territorial et Rural du Pays d’Armagnac, France
  • Motovun – the cultural, historical and gastro-oenological center of inland Istria
    By Tourist board of the Motovun Municipality, Croatia
  • Vines Wines Hikes in Loire Valley
    By InterLoire: interprofession des vins du Val de Loire, France

Contributions by Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) to Cultural and Creative Tourism

  • Barcelos Creative City – Contributions of the Crafts and Folk Arts as paths towards a more sustainable tourism
    By Barcelos Municipality, Portugal
  • Erudite Music Season – Revitalization of the National Palaces through Music in Sintra
    By Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal
  • Legends of Āraiši
    By Community of Āraiši, Amata Municipality, Latvia

Actions during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 – Initiative on
‘Tourism & Heritage’

  • ‘The voices of the choir’ – Tourism & heritage through the music in Elx/Elche
    By Visitelche with Turisme Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
  • ‘We Are What We Eat’ – Celebration of Sintra’s Culinary Heritage
    By Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal

The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony that will take place on 24 October in Granada, Spain.

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