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

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.
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News and Best Practices

EU-Level Workshop: "Unbalanced tourism growth at destination level - root causes, impacts, existing solutions and good practices"

On 20 May a hybrid EU-level workshop on unbalanced tourism growth will take place in Brussels (Albert Borschette Congress Centre, Rue Froissart 36, 1040), and will start at 9:00 CEST and conclude by 13:00 CEST.

NECSTouR and its member Regions’ co-implementation of the Tourism Transition Pathway

Following the publication by the European Commission in February of the Tourism Transition Pathway (TTP), and their recent invitation for us to express our concrete commitment by answering their call for commitments survey, on 11th May we organised a successful webinar "How NECSTouR and our Regions can Implement the Tourism Transition Pathway Through Interregional Cooperation".

NECSTouR Vice President Torrent Speaks at High Level Debate at the United Nations Headquarters

On 4 May, NECSTouR Vice President Mr Torrent spoke at the High-level Thematic Debate “Putting sustainable and resilient tourism at the heart of an inclusive recovery”, convened by the President of the General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Webinar "How NECSTouR and our Regions can Implement the Tourism Transition Pathway Through Interregional Cooperation".

On Wednesday 11th May online from 11-12:30 CEST NECSTouR offers our members the chance to demonstrate your Region's efforts in sustainability leadership to the European Tourism Agenda, through our webinar "How NECSTouR and our Regions can Implement the Tourism Transition Pathway Through Interregional Cooperation".

 

More information will follow soon, in the meantime register here.

 

NECSTouR Exchanges with European Hotels and Restaurants on Joint Strategies towards Tourism Recovery

On 28 April, NECSTouR Vice-President Torrent, joined the General Assembly of HOTREC in Prague. He brought an overview on how NECSTouR is accelerating the European Tourism Recovery through the implementation of the Tourism Transition Pathway and other strategies on sustainable tourism, in front of the representatives of the umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes in Europe.

 

European Cultural Tourism Awards 2022

‘Relaunching European Tourism through Cultural Heritage & Digitalisation’ is the overall theme of the European Cultural Tourism Awards 2022.

Workshop on Unbalanced Tourism Growth in Coastal Destinations

Mr Patrick Torrent, Vice-President of NECSTouR will present challgenges and opprtunities from Catalonia and NECSTouR.

Flemish Residents art cities still welcome tourits

Seven out of ten residents of the Flemish art cities of Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Mechelen and Leuven continue to support tourism in their own city. 62 percent believe that the benefits of tourism still far outweigh the drawbacks, and 77 percent think their city should definitely remain a tourist destination.

Fostering dialogue between destinations to address unbalance tourism

15 Europeans destinations have been analysed in order to provide sound evidence to the study on “Unbalanced tourism growth at destination level – root causes, impacts, existing solutions and good practices” the Tourism Unit of DG Grow and the Executive European Innovation Council and SMEs (EISMEA) have commissioned to Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.

Workshop Urban Overtourism

DG Grow and EISMEA are developing a study on “Study on unbalanced tourism growth at destination level – root causes, impacts, existing solutions and good practices”, highly connected to the Barcelona Declaration “Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit”.

NECSTouR re-elected to the board of Affiliate Members of UNWTO

After a successful mandate 2019-2021, NECSTouR is pleased to announce its re-election as Board Member of the UNWTO Affiliate Members for the period 2021- 2025.

NECSTouR Calls for Transforming Sustainable Destination through Data Sharing and Cooperation at BTO 2021

On 24 November, NECSTouR President, Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, addressed the subject of digitalization of destinations for frictionless and sustainable tourism at Be Travel Onlife (BTO) 2021 Conference, organized by the Tuscany Region. This was also the opportunity to meet Tuscan Tourism Authorities and enhance cooperation with our funding Region within the new NECSTouR Board of Directors.

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Upcoming Events
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NECSTouR AGM 2022

The Danish West Coast Partnership & Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality invites the members of NECSTouR to the Annual General Assembly 2022.

From the 30th  May to the 2nd of  June 2022, Ringkøbing-Skjern will be the place to be for you to discuss key challenges towards a sustainable future for our sector, share knowledge on best practices, and find common solutions to secure a better tourism of tomorrow. 

 

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WINTER MED Final Project and Capitalisation Event

On the 31st of May, the INTERREG WINTER MED project will hold its Final Project and Capitalisation Event "Shared vision and commitment to year-round sustainable tourism in Mediterranean island destinations and beyond" in Rhodes, Greece. Read More
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Incircle Project Final Event "Tools, Finance, Opportunities and Bottlenecks Towards a Circular and Sustainable Tourism"

On June 7th, the InCircle project will hold its final event on "Tools, Finance, Opportunities and Bottlenecks Towards a Circular and Sustainable Tourism" in Barcelona at Hotel Alimara, from 9:30 until 18:00. NECSTouR has been invited to present good practices from the network.

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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