The Declaration

The Barcelona Declaration "Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit" seeks to demonstrate what tourism and cultural heritage sectors can achieve by working more closely together, for the benefit of European citizens and cultural heritage as well as businesses, visitors and destinations. Moreover, it assumes the collective commitment of both sectors towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Principles

The Principles

The 5 Principles of the Declaration should be jointly applied to responsibly balance the uses of cultural heritage, the demands of the tourism industry and the needs of the local community.

They are:

The Principles

The Background

The Barcelona Declaration acknowledges previous existing declarations and documents related to tourism and cultural heritage from bodies such as Council of Europe, European Commission, Europa Nostra, European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), among others.

MOMENTUM

2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Acknowledging the unique momentum of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, NECSTouR - the European Network of Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism - took the initiative to establish a Pan European Dialogue to foster greater synergy between tourism and cultural stakeholders.

EYCH

Key Events:

  • 19th April 2018: High level event in Barcelona organized by NECSTouR and the Region Catalonia “Better Places to Be, Better Places to Visit” aiming at setting up the Pan European dialogue on cultural heritage and tourism and present the first draft of the Barcelona Declaration to be upgraded along the year.

 

  • 11th October 2018: Thematic Conference in Brussels organized by NECSTouR and the Region of Galicia, hosted by Fundación Galicia Europa “Local-led initiatives on Tourism and Cultural Heritage: a Legacy for Europe” aiming at showcasing existing regional initiatives, gathering the EU institutions reflections on tourism and cultural heritage after the 2018 EYCH and releasing the final version of the Barcelona Declaration.
BCN
Taxonomy Latest Updates

Report: Cultural and Creative Industries for Tourism (EU Week of Regions 2020)

Theme: Cohesion and Cooperation
Organiser: European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) International Association

11:30 - 13:00 - Online

The Vision of European Regions for the Tourism of Tomorrow in 2050 Released

NECSTouR Regions agreed on their vision for the future European Agenda for Tourism 2050 and committed to mainstream the EU Recovery Plan to finance a sustainable recovery of the tourism ecosystem. This at the latest Extraordinary General Assembly meeting last 2nd of October.

The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund

Funding for collaborative projects that reduce the negative impacts of tourism on local communities and the natural environment.

These projects provide better facilities, improve visitor flows, reduce congestion and create a better visitor experience.

Travel to Tomorrow - Flanders' Flourishing Destinations

Long before the current health crisis we started in Flanders, together with our public and private stakeholders, a co-creative  reflection process about the future we wish for tourism.

This journey brought us to the fundamental understanding that we no longer see tourism as goal in itself, but as a means to allow our community and destination to flourish.

NECSTouR's Position Paper: A European Agenda for a Sustainable Visitor Economy

A European Agenda for a Sustainable Visitor Economy: Making Europe a Better Place to Live and Visit Through Interregional Cooperation. How NECSTouR’s work supports the transition of EU destinations to sustainability through digitalization: The drivers of the Digital Age and Green Deal.

Visit Scotland advocates for Sustainable Tourism Growth in a Changing Climate at their Annual St Andrew's Lecture

 

Lord Thurso, Chair of Visit Scotland, a member of NECSTouR, delivered this year’s St. Andrew’s Lecture on 26 November in Brussels. Almost 100 representatives from the tourism industry, networks, EU institutions, academics, journalists and other stakeholders were attending, including NECSTOuR permanent secretariat.

 

NECSTouR Calls the European Tourism Sector for a Behavioural Change Towards Sustainability

 

On the occasion of the NECSTouR Conference "Driving Sustainable Destinations Change Through Trans-Regional Cooperation", NECSTouR launched a call for action addressed to all the European Institutions, destinations and tourism stakeholders claiming for a joint effort to achieve a behavioral change towards European Sustainable Destinations.

 

NECSTouR Elected as a Member of the Board of the UNWTO Affiliate Members

 

NECSTouR is pleased to announce its election as a Member of the Board of the UNWTO Affiliate Members.

 

NECSTouR Offers its Reflections on how to Balance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the European Tourism of Today

 

NECSTouR Vice-President, Mr Jan Korthoudt - Director of Tourism at the Government of Flanders – has been invited to give the NECSTouR perspective on Competitive and Sustainable Tourism on the occasion of the Seminar “Tourism in Transition” organised on the 27th of June by the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels.

 

The aim of the event was to explore the realities of the tourism industry within a global context and the current and foreseeable challenges together with the possible opportunities.

Media Coverage

Upcoming Events
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BEST MED: Data Management for Sustainable Tourism

The online workshop on Data Management for Sustainable Tourism is the first technical event organized by the Interreg BEST MED project, to share the results of its study activities, coordinated by the Regional Tourism Agency of Lazio Region, a NECSTouR region. Read More

Contact Us

- If you have any questions about the Barcelona Declaration, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE

This Declaration aims to remain an open initiative, welcoming all stakeholders willing to engage with this commitment.

At this purpose, this webpage under NECSTouR website has been developed in order to promote the Declaration, give visibility to the supporters and gather good practices that can illustrate the implementation of the five principles.

We invite you to spread the voice by using #PlacestoLiveandVisit and to become a supporter of the initiative.

A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE

Support the Declaration

We invite all those who care for Tourism of tomorrow to sign, support and widely share the Declaration.

INVOLVED ORGANISATIONS

INVOLVED ORGANISATIONS

This initiative has been leaded by NECSTouR members of the Working Group on Cultural Tourism and Sustainability. A special recognition to the regions of Galicia, Catalonia, Andalusia, Flanders, Île-de-France, Limburg, Tuscany, Valencia and Visit Scotland, as well as the University of Girona.


The Declaration has been developed by NECSTouR members in cooperation with Europa Nostra, the European Travel Commission and the European Cultural Tourism Network, with the support of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3.


The Open Method Coordination group on Sustainable Cultural Tourism from DG EAC (European Commission) as well as the European Network for Culture and Creative Industries – RICC have also contributed to the text.

 

BROAD ENDORSEMENT

This initiative gathered the support of the Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Francisco José Millán Mon, the NAT Commission of the European Committee of the Regions, the European Commission DG – EAC, as well as other 20 individuals, from the Tourism sector.

#PlacestoLiveandVisit in Numbers

19

Supporting Organisations

34

Supporting Individuals

5

Events in 2019

400

mentions on Social Media #PlacestoLiveandVisit

Supporting Organisations