Tourage was presented in the international social tourism event in Brussels

Monday, July 8, 2013

Tourage project was presented in the Calypso launching event in Brussels on 12th June 2013. Launching event took place in Bozar, the Centre of Fine Arts, and it gathered regional, national and EU level stakeholders and actors involved in social tourism to the same setting. It offered an extensive platform to disseminate the project’s aims, results and activities to a wider European public.

Social tourism is focusing on four target groups and apart from youth, disabled and families, seniors are one of them. Tourage project represented a good example on the interregional initiative regarding the senior tourism and rural economic development. In the event key stakeholders from the European Commission, international and national organizations and associations such as International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO-OITS) and Segittur were present. Event increased the synergies and networking between different levels of actors from all around the Europe. 

Opening speeches were given by the President of the ISTO-OITS Mr. Jean Marc Mignon and the Director of DG Enterprise and Industry Mr. Peter Ortún. Yves Godin, Secretary General of the ISTO-OITS, concluded the event. They all highlighted both the importance of enhancing off-season tourism to secure the sustainability of the tourism industry and the social aspect of the tourism. They emphasized that eCalypso platform is a new important tool for enhancing that. In addition to Tourage project, two other project examples were presented - Tourism Link and Erzsébet. Synergies can be established between these projects in the future.

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