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On 14 April I spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Via Francigena in Martigny, Switzerland, and had the pleasure of walking along a short part of the route, guided by the Swiss partners. On 2 May I attended the opening of a travelling exhibition on the German paths of Santiago de Compostela in Kaiserslautern, where I met many dedicated, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable pilgrims.
On 9 May I presented the cultural routes at a "European Infoday" for cultural projects in Santander, Cantabria (Spain), and from there travelled to Zabrze in Poland for an inspiring conference on
"Towards innovative management of Industrial heritage sites for tourism", on 11 May.
After attending the CDCPP meeting in Strasbourg on 14 and 15 May with the Chair of the Governing Board, Dr Elke Atzler, where the cultural routes programme received great encouragement, I travelled to Ljubljana, the venue of a meeting of the partners of the
"Atrium" project, a new cultural route initiative on the theme of the architecture of totalitarian regimes. Lively discussions were held, especially on how this important but still sensitive heritage should be addressed. To end this succession of missions, the
10th Edition of the NECSTouR network of regionsí Euromeeting,
held during the 1st Fair of Cultural Tourism in Florence, was an opportunity to
meet with regional actors, other international organisations and our partners in
the Commissionís Tourism Unit.
The Institute was also pleased to host working visits from the Route of Saint Martin of Tours, the Thermal Towns Route and others. We encourage routes operators to make an appointment whenever they wish to discuss activities and seek advice.
The first meeting of the CERTESS project ("European cultural routes: transfer of experiences, shared solutions"), an INTERREG IVC programme led by the Institute, was held successfully on 7-8 May 2012, with 12 partners from 10 EU countries. Sorina Capp, deputy director of the EICR, is programme coordinator and the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg is a partner. At the end of the 3-year project we will deliver new tools for the cultural routes and the European regions to implement and develop cultural tourism and improve policies. The Institute is also involved in two other European programmes,
"Per Viam: pilgrimage cultural routes in action" and "CERTO" (Cultural European Routes: Tools for a coordinated communication and marketing strategy). We will keep you informed of progress and the results.
It is not always possible to attend your events and meetings, but donít hesitate to get in touch to invite us, as promoting the programme and supporting routes in their regions is essential!