NECSTouR President Presents in Belfast on how Maximising the Impact of Tourism on Local Neighbourhoods

NECSTouR President Presents in Belfast on how Maximising the Impact of Tourism on Local Neighbourhoods


Mr Patrick Torrent - NECSTouR President, Catalonia Region - intervened during a session on ‘Maximising the Impact of Tourism on Local Neighbourhoods’, organised at The Sta Mary’s University College campus on the Falls Road (West Belfast) on the 8th of August.

The Social and Cultural Sustainability. On his intervention Mr Torrent bring the outcomes of the social dialogue opened on the occasion of the NECStouR Workshop "Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit" (Barcelona, 19 April 2018) and the outcomes gathered into the Barcelona Declaration of Tourism and Cultural Heritage.

Contributing to the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018, NECSTouR aims to be at the center of the debate around the Social and Cultural Sustainability. "We need to seek for solutions - stated Mr Torrent - exchanges-share-capitalise innovative good practices, that break patterns and that can contribute in making our destinations, our territories, better places to live and to visit"

Stimulate Ideas, Provoke Discussion. This intervention has been highly appreciated for having being able to inspire the visitor experience development in local areas through the involvement of local people and communities, showing the art of the possible

Togheter in this Journey! At the end of his intervention, Mr Torrent invited indeed all the participants to participate to the Thematic Conference "Local-Led Initiatives on Tourism and Cultural Heritage: a Legacy for Europe" that NECSTouR is organising on the 11th of Ocotber and to express their support to the Barcelona Declaration that will be officially signed on that occasion.

Debate among Irish Tourism Managers. After that intearvention, a panel representing the CEOs of Tourism Northern Ireland, Visit Belfast and the City Council and two Members of Parliament commented the points aired by Mr Torrent and respond to how to help disperse and distribute tourists and their benefits across their cities.