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CSTT presentations at European Commission workshops on the Iron Curtain Trail

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On behalf of the Centre for Sustainable Tourism & Transport (CSTT), Eke Eijgelaar presented results from CSTT’s EuroVelo study at two (out of three) regional awareness-raising workshops for the Iron Curtain Trail, organised by the European Commission. 

The Iron Curtain Trail (ICT) is a proposed transnational, long-distance (ca. 7000 km) cycling route that will run along the former “Iron Curtain” which divided Europe for over 40 years. The workshops’ main aim was to build awareness for the importance of implementing the ICT. The three workshops should also be a starting point for networking between regions and destinations interested in working together in order to implement the cycling trail. Participants came from a variety of organisations, including the EC/EP, tourism ministries, regional tourism boards, cycling organisations and regional development organisations.

CSTT’s contribution was to highlight the increasing importance of cycling tourism, its benefits and regional economic impacts and stress the importance of developing the Iron Curtain Trail as a EuroVelo route. CSTT and the UK Institute of Transport and Tourism researched these and other issues for their report on European cycling tourism, the so-called EuroVelo study, published in 2009. Eke presented the EuroVelo results at the first workshop (for the Northern ICT countries) in Warsaw, Poland, on November 19, 2009, and at the third, concluding workshop (also aimed at the Southern ICT countries) in Sofia, Bulgaria, on March 16, 2010. His presentation was also shown (in his absence) at the second workshop in Sopron, Hungary, on December 9, 2009.
 


Online Information:


Eke’s presentation in Warsaw can be found under:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/iron-curtain-trail/files/2_panel1_warsaw_ekeeijgelaar_en.pdf
The presentation in Sofia can be found here:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/iron-curtain-trail/files/sofia_panel1_3_eijgelaar_en.pdf
For more information about the Iron Curtain Trail and the workshops, see:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/iron-curtain-trail
The EuroVelo study can be downloaded here:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/documents/working-groups-reports/ep_studyeurovelo_en.pdf