The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

The European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), as the CHRISTA project advisory partner responsible for communications, is organising a side event during EWRC in Brussels on Tuesday, 9 October, 14:00-16:00. At this dissemination event the policy guidelines of CHRISTA project regarding intangible and industrial heritage deployment for sustainable cultural tourism will be presented, as well as initiatives on heritage interpretation and innovation/digitisation for cultural tourism. The CHRISTA lead partner, Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, will present its pilot action within the project. Other pilot actions are by Diputacion de Granada, Spain, and Vidzeme Tourism Association, Latvia.

Venue: Copenhagen hall, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Rue du Fossé-aux-Loups 47, B-1000, Brussels.

This event is under the EWRC Thematic cluster: Territorial development (regional, urban, rural).

This CHRISTA project event is also in the frame of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH2018). ECTN is one of 35 stakeholders for EYCH2018,  European networks and institutions, selected by the European Commission DG EAC amonst 310 candidates.


Draft Programme

Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism Actions

Side Event at European Week of Regions and Cities 

Brussels, 9 October 2018, 14:00 – 16:00  

Venue: Copenhagen Hall, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels 

14:00 - 14:30 Registration and Coffee 

14:30 Introduction to the event – ECTN Secretary-General 

 Opening by Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus, CHRISTA Lead Partner 

 Address by European Commission DG EAC regarding EYCH2018

14:45 Launch of the ‘Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism’, 3rd edition as a contribution of ECTN to EYCH2018, links with CHRISTA Project and beyond 

15:00 The 4 I of CHRISTA Project and achievements 

 Intangible Heritage 

 Industrial Heritage

 Interpretation facilities

 Innovation and Digitisation

15:15 Pilot Actions in CHRISTA Project 

 Vidzeme Tourism Association, Latvia 

 Diputacion de Granada, Spain

 Pafos Regional Board of Tourism, Cyprus

15:30 Discussion 

15:45 Conclusions and the way ahead – ECTN President / Vice-President 

16:00 End of event 

CHRISTA project aims at protecting and preserving European natural and cultural heritage assets and deploying them for the development and promotion of innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism strategies, including interpretation and digitisation