International Meeting “Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders"

11/15/2018 to 11/17/2018
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The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development marked a turning point in the tourism sector. In 2017, numerous and diverse initiatives were developed within the sector to promote a responsible attitude among all the stakeholders, creating a new concept for understanding tourism and traveling worldwide. Following the spirit of these actions, the International Meeting “Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders' will be held in Idanha-a-Velha, Portugal, on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of November 2018 to continue the path taken towards the Tourism Industry’s commitment to sustainable development.

This is a summit aimed at discussing, reflecting and raising awareness of a common policy aimed at non-mass destinations, considering that it could assume the category of alternative destinations.

The aim of the summit is to promote a new approach to tourism: the development of cross-border tourism and the emergence of multi-destination or multi-country travel in the framework of non-mass destinations with the following approaches:

  • Reflection and definition of the concept "Alternative Tourism Destination";
  • Mechanisms of action and regulation focused on sustainability, cooperation, qualification of the destination and its agents;
  • Financing policies adapted to the territories and their agents;
  • Specific management measures adapted towards a responsible and sustainable tourism;
  • Forms of cooperation in the distribution and marketing sector;
  • Referential for the development of public policies and business strategies for alternative tourist destinations on an international scale;
  • A work plan for the creation / consolidation of cross-border areas / destinations.

The International Summit on 'Sustainable Destinations Without Borders" is organized by Aldeias Históricas de Portugal, the Responsible Tourism Institute and Tourism of Portugal and by the Municipality of Idanha-Velha. The event also counts with the institutional support of the State Secretariat of Tourism of the Government of Portugal, UNESCO and GSTC - Global Sustainable Tourism Council, an initiative funded by Portugal 2020, Centro 2020 and by the European Regional Development Fund.

NECSTouR President will also intervene during the event.

Participants can attend the debate in person or via streaming.  

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