The Conference was co-organized by Be.CULTOUR, IMPACTOUR, INCULTUM, SmartCulTour, SPOT and TEXTOUR, the EU H2020 projects operating the area of sustainable tourism promotion on the territory. Selected and presented papers will be published in a Springer book reflecting the breakthroughs and future perspectives of cultural tourism.
“While exact estimates are difficult to make, it has repeatedly been mentioned that approximately 40% of all European tourists make a destination choice based on the cultural offerings. This leads to significant economic effects and has further strengthened the view of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for its economic impact, but also for its role in creating and enhancing social capital and achieving the goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. At the same time, economic effects have been distributed unequally – often being more prevalent in urbanized areas – and the exponential growth of tourism (notwithstanding the dip during the Covid-19 pandemic) created issues of both over-and underexploitation.
The goal of this Conference was to get a further understanding of the sustainable development potential of cultural tourism by focusing on successful policy interventions, new cultural tourism trends, advances in visitor management systems, and new business and/or governance models.” (via KU Leuven the Conference website).
During the sessions of the second day, a general overview of the outcomes of the six organizing Horizon 2020 projects was given, while good practices based on the finalized and ongoing experimentations in diverse European regions were identified. INCULTUM’s coordinator Jose Maria Martin Civantos presented the project, its achievements and innovations.
Conference programme: Cultural Tourism Conference Programme