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Awards for Sustainable Cultural Tourist Destinations

Call for Applications

2018 marks the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an EU initiative which aims to celebrate and engage more people to discover Europe's diverse cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Thus, the European Travel Commission (ETC) has joined forces with the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) and Europa Nostra, to address one of the 10 initiatives of the Year: Tourism and Heritage: Responsible and Sustainable Tourism around Cultural Heritage.

The Awards form a special edition of ECTN's annual Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards, this year focused on Cultural Heritage as an Asset for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism. The Awards will be given for achievements by cultural tourist destinations which have produced significant results related to enhancing visitor experience while respecting traditions and involving local communities, and will cover the following heritage-related aspects of cultural tourism: religious and pilgrimage; coastal and maritime; cultural landscapes; industrial and military; historic houses, villages and cities; transnational thematic products; contributions by cultural and creative industries (CCIs).

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to take place during the 11th International Conference for Cultural Tourism, to be held in Pafos, Cyprus, on 25 - 27 October 2018. Applications are open to all tourist destinations across Europe, local and regional authorities, tourism boards and associations, destination management organisations and cultural NGOs.

Applications should be submitted by 1 July 2018 to awards@culturaltourism-net.eu. The application form can be downloaded from www.culturaltourism-network.eu/award-2018.html