Mr. Tomaso Comazzi, from the Permanent Secretariat and representatives from the other Members involved in this project – Tuscany Region, Andalusia, Porec’s Institute of Agriculture and Turism and the Univesity of Girona - attended the second project meeting of MITOMED+ Project, on the 18 th and 19 th of May, in Larnaca (CY).
On the 10th of May, Mrs Cristina Nunez, from the Permanent Secretariat of NECSTouR, met with 25 representatives of the "Amigos do Camiño de Santiago" (Friends of the Saint James' Way) at the "Galicia Europa" Foundation in Brussels.
She explained our initiatives on Competitive and Sustainable Tourism, focusing on the main challenges for managers of European Itineraries in contemporary Europe and which opportunities NECSTouR can provide.
MITOMED+ Project started on the last month of February.
This first phase - from April until August - is aimed to define and to scale at the European level a MED model of Sustainable Beaches, starting from the "green beaches model" developed by Larnaca and Famagusta District Development Agency, partner of the Project.
On the 3rd of May, over 30 tourism practitioners and experts met at the Free Your Mind conference, the closing of the Spirit Youth project. Held at the beautiful Abbey Rolduc in the Netherlands, the conference offered the chance to discuss the sustainability of the results of the project, the European market for youth spiritual tourism market and how the project can help others gain access to the market, and allowed users to try spiritual activities for themselves within the walls of the Abbey.
Alexandru Constantinescu represented NECSTouR in the fourth edition of the International Forum for Responsible Tourism. The event took place in Bucharest between April 27-29th.
"I have been very honoured to have the opportunity to represent NECSTouR at this event" he declared at the end of his presentation.
Lee Mc Ronald from Visit Scotland participated to the 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, organised on the 27-28 April in Krakow by the UNWTO.
He presented some examples of projects promoting social tourism in Scotland, enhancing Inclusion and Sustainability through Shared Responsibility, as examples of tourism for all.
"I mentioned - he said - that we have been inspired in our work by engagement with partners such as NECSTouR!"
Mr Patrick Torrent, holding the Presidency of NECSTouR, intervened on the 28th of April, during the Governing Board Meeting of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg.
"We presented our Working Group on Cultural Tourism to the Council of Europe - he said - and it has been a great opportunity to prepare together with our member regions the European Year on Cultural Heritage 2018"
My name is Harry Trimbos. As Manager European Projects at the Tourist Board of South-Limburg, the Netherlands, I had the privilige to give a presentation on NECSTouR at the Conference on EU-China 2018 Year of Tourism that took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the 27th and 28th of April 2017. I was able to convey the clear message that not only is NECSTouR more that prepared to join the Joint Promotion Platform for the ECYT but essential in coördinating the communication and promotional efforts between the regions as to the ECYT.