Promoting the importance of cultural tourism as the driving force in high quality and material significant tourism will be of particular relevance at the 9th session of the European Council on Tourism and Trade General Assembly.
The Council will also table the latest international tourism trends, the European impact in the nomination process of the new leaders of world tourism and an action plan for development of sustainable tourism for the next years.
ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea receives the European Academy final evaluation of candidatures for 2016- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD.
The competition is now closed.
In order to promote and foster the closer cooperation between tourism and culture, it was decided that: European tourism gathering will select WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 according to the candidates countries cultural significance and prominence.
As always WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION nomination is destined to advance the sustainable development of cultural tourism.
Other issues raised during the thematic discussion on tourism and culture included: congestion management, financing, public-private sector cooperation, the role of local communities in tourism development and cultural preservation, as well as the promotion of events, creative industries and contemporary culture and history in enriching the visitor experience.
The country registered a plus of 1 million visitors and more than 200.000 articles in international press, promoting this incredible African destination.
Assessing the significance of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION in carving the latest international tourism trends, ECTT President , Anton Caragea, highlighted the resilience and the positive results of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION winners in recent years and underlined that: “Despite geopolitical and economic challenges, the winners of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION Award and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM registered a growth 15% a year on average since 2010, a trend that has translated into more economic growth, more exports and more jobs” he said in the opening invitation for the European Council on Tourism and Trade Assembly.