The joint actions aim to recognize the added value of cultural routes for the sustainable development of tourism, the protection of cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue. Cooperation will also further emphasize the potential of the routes to promote social, economic and cultural development, which will benefit both Europe and its partner countries by strengthening cultural and historical ties.
Along cultural routes, tourism has the power to support jobs and create other development opportunities for communities
International Year of the Creative Economy 2021
Both organizations will first work together in the field of creative tourism to present good practices. International Year of the Creative Economy 2021, and continue to promote the items contained in the item Extended partial agreement on cultural routes Council of Europe (EPA).
Secretary – General of the UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili said: “On all cultural routes, tourism has the power to support jobs and create other development opportunities for communities. It is also an opportunity to protect and promote cultural heritage and to celebrate creativity. “
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić adds: “The Cultural Routes program has an important role to play in promoting Europe’s rich cultural heritage, as well as being an effective tool for promoting intercultural dialogue and international cooperation.
We are pleased that the United Nations World Tourism Organization is adding expertise to the Cultural Routes program on the basis of this Memorandum of Understanding.
Through the partnership, UNWTO and the Council of Europe will harness their individual expertise and technical capabilities to further develop cultural routes through research, education and decision-making. Particular attention will be paid to mapping cultural routes and improving accessibility and special accessibility requirements for people with disabilities.
Source: The Nordic Page