Around 200 representatives from International Organisations, Representatives of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Member States, national and local authorities are meeting for three days in Sibiu, Romania. The event is jointly organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) and the Ministry of Tourism of Romania.
This year’s Forum will focus on cultural tourism and the challenges it faces, especially in relation to sustainability. During the Forum, panellists and invited experts will exchange ideas and discuss best practices in cultural tourism that can contribute to protecting cultural heritage and sustainable local development.
Five new Cultural Routes will be certified and an accession ceremony held for new EPA member Latvia. In addition, three Cultural Routes will be awarded Best Practice Awards for outstanding activities in 2018 relating to cultural tourism.
The Cultural Routes programme was established in 1987 by the Council of Europe and currently comprises 38 routes in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe and beyond, and 33 Member States and 3 Observer States of the EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. 7 of these routes lead through Romania. The Cultural Routes aim to bring people and places together in networks of common history and common heritage, to invite them to travel and to discover Europe’s rich and diverse heritage.