TOURAGE presents project results in PESTO conference

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tourism is responsible for about 15 million jobs in Europe and is therefore one of the most important economic branches, with impact on culture, social issues and the environment. At the same time it is becoming more and more important to limit, or rather avoid, the possible negative effects of tourism on the environment and regional culture. Sustainability is becoming the critical success factor in the tourism industry.

E.N.T.E.R. - European Network for Transfer and Exploitation of EU Project Results in cooperation with Steiermark Tourismus organized PESTO conference in Graz, Austria on 02-03 October 2014. The ‘PESTO’ Conference provided an ideal platform for target groups and stakeholders to address not only important topics regarding sustainable tourism, but also to gain information about 20 selected good practice projects related to it.

TOURAGE was one of these selected good practice projects in the field of sustainable tourism. It was presented by the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Regional Development and Environmental Management Agency as Component 3 leader. The event was a good ooportunity to present our results on senior tourism in Europe. Our project highlighted that we are living in an ageing society. TOURAGE pointed out the importance of offers in tourism for seniors that can be considered as an effective tool to increase the number of visitors.

During the event, other participants presented specific tourism offers, such as national parks. A discussion raised on how different projects can work together in the future  and share their results with each other. It was mentioned that TOURAGE Good Practice brochure involves few good practices for seniors, which can be used by national parks from all over Europe.

Participants were interested in the continuation of TOURAGE project, because most of them realized that special offers for seniors are a must in this ageing society.

By Dávid Bartók , Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Regional Development and Environmental Management Agency, Hungary





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