Via Francigena

EAVF supports the conference “Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity”

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Taking place on 21-22 October 2021 in Athens, Greece, the conference “Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity” is organised by European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) with support of the Europa Nostra, European Travel Commission, the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) with support of the European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF).

The conference will discuss the latest trends in the field of culture, heritage and sustainable tourism, including innovation, digitalisation, creativity and cultural tourism product development. The emphasis will be on the important role of culture, heritage and creativity in regenerating the European tourism, following the pandemic crisis in 2020 and 2021.

Walking tourism theme, supported by the EAVF is included as one of 6 main topics of this event.

The event will host an award “Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2021”, which features a category “Walking Tourism and Slow Travel – Synergies with Cultural Tourism”, hosted by the EAVF.

How to apply to the award?
The application form and the required declaration can be downloaded in Word format from the website: The Application form and the Declaration together should be sent by e-mail to by 1 June 2021.
Call for Presenters

The call for presenters can be found following this link. 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 regeneration of European tourism sector is of particular interest in the 2021 Conference.

The event is aimed to be conducted onsite in Athens, however, depending on the sanitary situation it might be held as a hybrid event with limited physical presence in Athens and digital streaming facilities for online participation.

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