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XI Charter Network Meeting – Registrations are open!
Every two years, the EUROPARC network of Sustainable Destinations applying the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas methodology comes together to exchange experience and best practice. With visitor pressure increasing in many European Protected Areas, we need to look at tourism with a different mindset.
How to manage visitor flows? How to increase the social and economic benefits to local communities? There will be inspiring keynote speakers in the plenary session, intense (and very practical) workshops and amazing field trips in the Park.
The XI Charter Network Meeting takes place in Greece between the 9-11th April, with a special post-conference excursion until the 14th April!
The social and cultural impacts of tourism exploring a sustainable response!
Sustainable Tourism can deliver positive impacts for society. It has the potential to promote social development through employment creation, economic activities and can be a force for peace and understanding. It can also strengthen communities, as facilities and infrastructure developed for tourism can benefit locals as a reaffirmation of culture, tradition and values.
However, these same socio-cultural impacts do change local people ’s everyday experiences, the traditional way of life and intellectual and artistic products. There are concerns over culture commodification, lack of authenticity of traditions, dilution of culture and even standardisation of tourism offers. All this too affects changes in the landscape and nature of the destination.
The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, through it partnership approach, seeks to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to an area, in a way that does not denigrate the existing culture, yet allow too for growth and development. It is a challenge to balance these competing demands.
Connect, learn and put it in practice
The Charter Network Meeting is an excellent opportunity for all working and interested in sustainable tourism in protected areas to examine, discuss and learn from each other. Using practical examples and experience from across Europe, this will be a valuable chance to consider these issues.
This is also an important moment to reflect on the Charter I for Sustainable tourism itself. Look at the new development in working with businesses, tour operators and communities and to see the new products and communication and awards for the Charter network.
Keynote speakers will bring expert consideration of the social and cultural impacts of tourism on communities, and our practical workshop will share case studies and examples from across the network. Workshop topics will include:
- Training and capacity building for sustainable tourism,
- Communication tools for Sustainable Tourism,
- Working with business and tour operators and Managing Visitors Sustainably.
There are also exciting field trips to discover this hidden gem of Greece.
There will be plenty of opportunity to network and share experience, learn from each other and get new ideas to take back to your own areas..
Location and Accommodation
The meeting will bring together park and partners from across Europe to the wonderful Tzoumerka, AcheloosValley, Agrafa and Meteora National Park, in Greece. One of our newer sustainable destinations awarded with the Charter.
The meeting will take place in the Pramanta Council Hall, Pramanta town, municipality of North Tzoumerka, Region of Epirus. The National Park will kindly provide transfers on the 8th April from:
- Thessaloniki Airport
- Athens Airport
- For those arriving by ferry from Italy, a transfer will be arranged from Igoumenitsa Port
Transfers will also be ensured for the return on 12th am (and on 14th am for those joining the post conference excursion).
Our host have secured excellent value in the following hotels, so please book direct with the hotel of your choice.
All hotels are within 20 min drive and shuttle buses will bring you to the conference venue each day. Make sure you book your trip and accommodation soon, we will need to know your travel details by the end of February to organise the transfers.
We are open now for PRE-REGISTRATION. Please register NOW to secure your place.
- The participation fee for EUROPARC members and enterprises awarded the Charter II and Charter III) is only 70€
- and 90€ for non – members.
A second registration form will be sent for you to select your workshop and field trip so don’t worry about that for now. But do register now to ensure your secure this great bargain! And so you can make your advance travel plans.
Special 2-day Post Conference tour!
This edition, Tzoumerka National Park is offering a special 2-day post-conference between the 12-14th April for those who would like to have the chance to visit Meteora! This will be an additional cost but it highly recommended!