​Call for Presenters

The 14th Conference for Cultural Tourism in Europe will be held in Athens, Greece, on 21-22 October 2021

with overall theme:

Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity

​​The 14th ECTN conference with main theme 'Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity' will discuss the latest trends in the field of culture, heritage and responsible and sustainable tourism, including innovation, digitalisation, creativity and cultural tourism product development.

The conference aims to explore major challenges, risks and opportunities for sustainable and responsible tourism development related to culture and heritage assets, as well as suggest practical steps for the development and promotion of cultural tourism products. The theme encompasses all forms of culture, including contemporary cultural expressions and all forms of cultural heritage, as well as natural heritage.

Presenters are invited to showcase relevant experience, share their best practices, give detailed examples and provide practical recommendations to preserving, restoring, deploying and promoting culture and heritage values, with innovations for sustainable and responsible tourism development.

The conference is organised in close cooperation with ECTN members.

The submitted Abstracts should address at least one of the following topics linked to cultural and heritage tourism:

Archaeological Sites and Museums as Cultural Tourism Attractions

Walking Tourism and Slow Travel – Synergies with Cultural Tourism, supported by Via Francigena Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Digitalisation in Sustainable Cultural Tourism, towards Smart Destinations

Transnational Thematic Tourism Products, including European Cultural Routes

Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) contribution to Cultural and Creative Tourism development, in the framework of the ‘International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021’ and Interreg Europe Cult-CreaTE project, supported by ‘Creative Tourism Network’

Railway Heritage Assets for Cultural Tourism, in the framework of the ‘European Year of Rail 2021’.

​Submission deadline: 30 April 2021 (online).

Other Information:

There will be no delegate fees for selected presenters attending the Conference (one person per selected presentation)

Participants, including selected presenters will have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. ECTN cannot cover travel expenses.

Abstracts and presentations accepted by the Programme Committee of the Conference may be published online with author's approval.

A post-conference study tour in Krk/Rijeka area is being planned and selected presenters will be invited.

The Awards ceremony of the ECTN prize for ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2021’ will take place during the Conference. The 2021 ECTN Awards are in partnership with Europa Nostra, the European Travel Commission and NECSTouR, supported by Via Francigena Cultural Route of the Council of Europe and the Creative Tourism Network.


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