STAR Cities learning programme ended and project partners were happy to present the result of their cooperation for a better management of river tourism in Riverside Cities during a conference held online on the morning of the 26th of November.
During this virtual conference hosted by NECSTouR, STAR Cities partnership presents a selection of good practices from the partnership and outside. Then, we discussed the future of the cooperation through the Riverside Cities network that we wish to develop in the coming years.
Relive the conference through the video recording of the event:
The Good Practices Guide summarises three years of exchange of experiences
After 3 years of cooperation on river tourism development, the learning phase of the project is coming to an end. During this conference, the partners presented some of the best practices spotted during the previous webinars and study visits.
The presentations followed the 4 topics addressed by STAR Cities :
- Engaging Locals & Communities in river tourism
- Developing new Tourism products & Marketing strategies
- Improving Governance systems & Cooperation of stakeholders
- Raising awareness on Environment & Sustainability topics
We were lucky to have as guests :
- The European Travel Commission on Sustainable Tourism Implementation
- Interreg Europe ThreeT project in Lahntal (Germany)
- Institute Factory of Sustainable Tourism Goodplace on the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism
- The Barcelona Declaration (Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit)
The result of these 3 years of exchange is the Good Practice Guide. This guide provides the partnership conclusions and the good practices of the different partners in this project.
You can find these good practices in the guide below.
What future for the Riverside Cities network?
While they are starting to implement their action plans, project partners would like to open the discussion about the future of their cooperation through the Riverside Cities network that they wish to develop in the coming years. In particular, they wish to go further in the exchange of good practices regarding some specific topics and welcome new regions on board.
So far, the following project ideas have been discussed :
> What are the technical solutions to help river tourism to turn green ? How regional authorities and tourism boards can support the private sector in this important transition ? For example regarding boat cruises, soft mobility, intermodality, etc.
> How to create and valorise a Water and River Culture in Europe ? What are the (hi)stories of locals regarding the river and how it can be highlighted to be part of the destination storytelling ?
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