The event, entitled Cultural tourism: an opportunity for the sustainable development of rural areas and the fight against depopulation, served to share and discuss the challenges, opportunities and actions to contribute to sustainable development and promote cultural tourism linked to historical heritage
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Brussels, 10.10.2019– On the morning of 9 October, on the occasion of the European Week of Cities and Regions, the Finnova technical team of the NAPOCTEP project held a side event entitled Cultural tourism: an opportunity for the sustainable development of rural areas and the fight against depopulation, which took place at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The event was organized with the aim of studying the challenges and opportunities to promote cultural tourism linked to the historical heritage and contribute to sustainable development. It also had examples of good practice in innovation and smart territories, such as the Charles V or NAPOCTEP routes.
The Finnova Foundation was present at the event through its director, Juan Manuel Revuelta, and Yolanda Marín, who presented the NAPOCTEP project during the event. Finnova is a beneficiary of this project, comprising a total of eight beneficiary entities from the central regions of Portugal and Castile-Leon. Marín presented the project as an example of good practices focused on the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage through sustainable tourism.
In the context of the presentation, Marín highlighted the importance of valuing heritage, culture and landscape, so that this would represent a great opportunity for growth for rural areas in decline. In this context, the priority objective of NAPOCTEP is to convert the heritage of the Napoleonic era into a quality and sustainable tourist product that will create wealth and employment in the interior of Castile-Leon and the centre of Portugal, directly threatened by depopulation and ageing.
The event was attended by other personalities from the world of rural development, innovation and tourism, regional authorities and cultural representatives, such as Mr. Arturo Íñiguez, Representative of the specialized section of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment of the EESC; Mr. Juan Manuel Revuelta, Director of the Finnova Foundation; Ms. María Gafo Gómez-Zamalloa, Official of the Directorate-General for Rural Areas and the fight against depopulation Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission; Mr. Blas Acosta, President of the Fuerteventura Island Council, Spain; Mr. Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos, Head of European Affairs and Delegate in Brussels of the European and Ibero-American Academy Foundation of Yuste; Mr. Borja Sorlí Sanz, Director of the Túria Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (CEI Túria – Spain); Mr. Miguel García-Menéndez, from Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem; Mr. Nicolás González Casares, MEP, and members of the Burgos Provincial Council (Spain).
All these experts agreed on the importance of reversing the rural exodus by using rural heritage and cultural resources to attract and fix populations. A great way of achieving this is through the implementation of projects such as NAPOCTEP.