Best Practices Awards 2019
Sibiu, Romania, 2 October 2019
Cultural Tourism and Sustainable Development
The 2019 Best Practices Awards were delivered on the occasion of the 9th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes in Sibiu (Romania).
The Minister of Tourism of Romania Bodgan TRIF and the Chair of the EPA Governing Board Birgitta RINGBECK awarded the prize to representatives of the certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
4 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe received the 2019 Award for their “Best Practices in Cultural Tourism along the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” :
Awarded Best Practice: Memowalk ATRIUM Plus
"Memowalk ATRIUM Plus" was a participatory creation of a tourism product for school education trips.
The main objective of "Memowalk ATRIUM Plus" was to involve young students of the partner cities in the creation of a tour proposal in their own city, specifically addressed to peers who will be able to explore the ATRIUM heritage. All materials have been designed by classes of young 17-year-old students from the different schools involved.
ATRIUM Plus main project partners: Municipality of Forlì (Italy), Municipality of Ferrara (Italy), Municipality of Labin (Croatia) Municipality of Bari (Italy), University of Zadar (Croatia).
Awarded Best Practice: European Rock Art Heritage Label
The “European Rock Art Heritage Label” is a quality label as rock art tourist destination which is defined in compliance with indicators defined in the Handbook for the Certification of visitable Rock Art Sites belonging to the Council of Europe Cultural Route “Prehistoric Rock Art Trails”.
The Handbook brings together a series of good practices or recommendations aimed at defining criteria for the “European Rock Art Heritage” certification, which will be awarded by the Prehistoric Rock Art Trails to the rock art sites included part of the Route and complying with the recommended practices.
Awarded Best Practice: 2018 European Thermal Heritage Day
The 2018 “European Thermal Heritage Day” was celebrated in Budapest, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Gellert Baths and in conjunction with the European Year of Culture Heritage 2018.
The European Thermal Heritage Day was firstly conceived to sensitize the inhabitants of the thermal cities and draw attention to the cultural heritage in their own hometown.
Supporting the European Year of Cultural Heritage and emphasizing the thermal heritage, the programme included presentations and an exchange about European projects like “Great Spas of Europe” World Heritage candidature, or “The Atlas”, a GIS database to be developed by the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA). In addition, a roundtable was organized to discuss about the future of thermalism. Parallel activities were organized to take the opportunity to promote EHTTA and the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns Cultural Route.
Among the public there were public and private actors, as well as general public.
Awarded Best Practice: 2018 Iter Vitis Award
The “Iter Vitis Award” was a contest involving all of the Iter Vitis countries at national and international level, with two categories of private and public bodies presenting activities related with wine tourism and wine heritage safeguard and promotion.
The Prize awarded the best practices in term of wine tourism related with respect of landscape and promotion of local heritage in a logic of sustainability and innovation at private and public level.
Three study trips were offered to the winners and two docufilms were sponsored by Iter Vitis.