Integrated, long-term action plans promoting sustainable and circular cultural tourism in the Pilot Heritage Sites.

Join the International Be.CULTOUR Conference

The Horizon 2020 Be.CULTOUR project is organising the International Conference 'Beyond Cultural Tourism: Beautiful, Circular, Human', on 5 - 7 June 2024 in Naples, Italy. The Be.CULTOUR Community will gather in Naples to share the insights and results achieved during more than three years of intensive work to define and implement a European circular cultural tourism model, engaging stakeholders’ innovation networks in 6 pilot heritage sites in less-known and remote areas and 16 mirror innovation ecosystems.

Unveiling the Be.CULTOUR project finale: Stories of Action Plans’ post-project sustainability

The Be.CULTOUR project aims to promote sustainability and circular practices in the cultural tourism sector through the implementation of six Action Plans. These actions focus on various innovation areas and emerging trends identified by the project, with each action targeting different aspects of circular and responsible tourism in remote cultural heritage sites.

Beyond Tourism: Unveiling the Transformative Power of Circular Cultural Experiences

Sustainable cultural tourism has long focused on minimizing the negative impacts of tourism on cultural sites and promoting responsible travel. However, the "beyond tourism" approach recognizes that not only sustainability, but also circularity encompasses more than environmental conservation and economic benefits. It strives to create authentic and immersive experiences that foster mutual understanding. One of the fundamental aspects of "beyond tourism" is the emphasis on cultural immersion and engagement.

Building on the creativity of the local community, blending heritage, the arts, diversity and inclusivity - Get inspired by Saltaire Village

Saltaire Inspired is an ambitious arts charity, creating quality contemporary arts events in a unique historical & contemporary context of Saltaire Industrial Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We involve residents, schools, community groups & businesses, ensuring cultural experiences for all who live, work & visit Saltaire.

What is Be.CULTOUR for you?

Enhancing and promoting historic and archaeological heritage through the Piast Route - The strategy of Wielkopolska

Photo by Grzegorz Paluch

The Regional DMO clusters local governments, organisations, hotels, tour operators, universities and other partners. Its main focuses are supporting tourism development and promoting the region as an attractive tourist destination. The Regional DMO is a key partner in developing the region’s core cultural tourism product: the Piast Route.

What is Be.CULTOUR for you?

From spiritual itinerary to cultural route for slow tourism - How Sviluppumbria is making the region a green destination

Photo copyright Fabrizio Ardito/Sviluppumbria

Sviluppumbria is the Regional Development Agency of Umbria and is the in-house supporting the Regional Government on policies relating to SMEs creation and boost, internationalisation, EU cooperation, innovation and Tourism.

What is Be.CULTOUR for you?

Placing people at the center of sustainable tourism practices - The model of Sciacca's Widespread Museum

Museo Diffuso dei 5 Sensi Sciacca Cooperativa di Comunità Identità e Bellezza is an inclusive and bottom-up tourism innovation project managed by a community no-profit cooperative, which has become a community network with more than 55 engagement agreements.

What is Be.CULTOUR for you?

Protecting environment and reinvigorating local communities - Savonlinna circular cultural tourism strategy

Savonlinna is a city in Eastern Finland on Lake Saimaa – the second largest lake in the EU and famous for the international Savonlinna Opera Festival. Savonlinna Development Services Ltd. (SDS) is a development agency owned 100% by the city of Savonlinna and is carrying out project activities with over 15 years of experience on the European level.

Towards sustainable tourism in Llŷn Peninsula - The Ecomuseum project by Gwynedd

Gwynedd County Council is a Local Authority in the northwest of Wales. Tourism is an important economic activity within Gwynedd.

What is Be.CULTOUR for you?

For Cyngor Gwynedd being part of the Be.CULTOUR Community means that we can collaborate with other regions all over Europe to develop a sustainable tourism model for our communities.

What is the greatest challenge that you are facing in tourism?

Be.CULTOUR polyphony on circular cultural tourism

What does circular sustainable tourism mean to you?

“A tourism model that respects and takes into account the local economy, respects, promotes and valorises the natural environment and the local culture.”

  • Pauline Alexopoulou, Larnaca and Famagusta Districts Development Agency - Cyprus Pilot Heritage Site

What idea developed during the Be.CULTOUR project are you excited about?