Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania was awarded 1st Prize as Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism, at the 2017 ECTN Award Ceremony, during the 10th international conference “Cultural Values, Diversity and Heritage: Pillars of Sustainable Tourism for Development’, held on 20 – 21 September 2017 in Sibiu, Romania, for the project “Transylvania Mountain Bike Trail to revitalize the Târnava Mare cultural landscape”.
2017 was designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by The United Nations 70th General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among all stakeholders (public and private sector, decision-makers) stimulating all parties to collaborate and generate a positive change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a mores sustainable tourism.
European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) joined the celebrations of the International Year by promoting tourism`s role in the key area of ‘Cultural Values, Diversity and Heritage’.
The conference, organized by European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) in close cooperation with Sibiu County Tourism Association and in conjunction with the Interreg Europe project CHRISTA – Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism (2016 – 2020), pointed the latest trends in the field of cultural values, diversity and heritage towards sustainable tourism for development, including innovation, creativity and sustainable tourism product development.
The annual ECTN Award enhances the visibility of European cultural tourism destinations, creates a platform for sharing experience and knowledge Europe-wide and promotes networking between destinations and it is based on a contest around annual themes for the benefit of destinations, communities, businesses, citizens and visitors.
The 2017 ECTN Award brought into attention results of actions which have been implemented and which have produced significant results and achievements by destinations related to: cultural values contribution to sustainable tourism, cultural diversity, heritage interpretation facilities for cultural tourism, sustainable management of heritage site, cultural tourism as a driver for sustainable development, smart destinations, place marketing and branding of cultural destinations, European Heritage Label initiatives.
Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania was awarded 1st Prize as Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism for the project “Transylvania Mountain Bike Trail to revitalize the Târnava Mare cultural landscape”.