Croatian destinations among the best destinations for sustainable cultural tourism in Europe

As part of the 14th International Conference on Cultural Tourism in Europe, organized by the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), a ceremony was held in Athens toaward department for the best European destinations of sustainable cultural tourism.

In the category Archaeological Sites and Museums as Cultural Tourism Attractions he won first place Museum of Krapina Neanderthals and the Husnjakovo site, while the project Lošinj camp Nerezinac was second.

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The museum of Krapina Neanderthals, in addition to the facade, is drowned in the landscape, which evokes the original habitat of prehistoric man - a semi-cave. This one a conceptually perfectly designed museum in its interior it hides numerous surprises.

Loger is from Nerezine a valuable example of traditional shipbuilding, and since 2010 it has been inscribed on the list of protected cultural assets of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. It was restored with the cooperation of many experts from various institutions to local masters, following the example of the Lošinj camps from the end of the 19th century.

The awards were given in five more categories, among which it is definitely worth mentioning Walking Tourism and Slow Travel - Synergies with Cultural Tourism where the first place went to Rab - Rab Archaeological (t) races - open-air museum, a project nominated by the Lopar Cultural Center. In the category Cultural and Creative Industries, won third place Chocolate Museum from Zagreb.

Among the winners in all categories were representatives of various culturally valuable projects from all over Europe; The Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Germany, Slovenia Portugal, Spain, Greece, Slovakia, Latvia. The awards have been presented since 2014 to create a platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge and to promote networking among destinations. The competition is open to all tourist destinations across Europe, and this year's theme was related to the regeneration of European tourism through culture, heritage and creativity.

ECTN is the only pan-European cultural tourism network, an organization focused on the development and promotion of cultural tourism. It was created in 2009 in Brussels with the mission of bringing together professionals in tourism and culture from different regions of Europe in exchanging experiences and information of best practices and developing new approaches and innovations.

The conference was held under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Organization, the European Parliament, the World Tourism Organization and UNESCO. During the three-day conference, a large number of presentations and panels were held presenting various examples of best practices, case studies, methods and concepts.

Cover photo: Loger Nerezinac / Sandro Tariba

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