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PRESERVE hidden treasures seminar

7 November 2011: Eszak-Alföld welcomes PRESERVE partners and local stakeholders to the final PRESERVE seminar in Brussels.

This PRESERVE event is a great opportunity to learn more about PRESERVE and its approach to improve sustainable tourism policies. The strategies for the PRESERVE hidden treasures, which were developed during the PRESERVE project, will be presented to show how they can be valorized in a sustainable way. Furthermore, the European Commission will speak about the trends and opportunities of sustainable tourism.

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Final Conference & Steering Committee Meeting in Tuscany (IT): Innovation & Sustainability in Tourism: Regions present ideas & solutions

20 - 21 October 2011: Tuscany welcomes PRESERVE partners and local stakeholders to the final PRESERVE conference and Steering Committee meeting.

The goal of the conference is to explore the ideas, problems and solutions of regions related to innovation and sustainability in European tourism. In this context, we would like to take a closer look at the developments at the European level related to tourism and to provide good practice examples on the topics of sustainability and innovation from which other regions can learn. The objective is also to present the major outcomes of the INTERREG IVC PRESERVE (Peer REviews for Sustainable Eco-Regions Via Europe) project, which aimed at improving effectiveness of regional tourism development policies and supporting sustainable tourism.

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Action Planning Workshop

17-18 May: Partners gather in Brussels to draft their action plans

In the final phase of the peer review methodology, partners have met in Brussels with an ambitious plan: to develop action plans that reflect and show how to implement the recommendations made by their peers after the peer reviews. Indeed, the peer review method is only useful for improving regional tourism policy if it leads to concrete actions and a change in the regional strategy.

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Peer review in Carinthia (AT)

4 - 8 October: Carinthia welcomes partners for a one-week Peer Review. 

Carinthia in Austria is a member of the AER organisation and has therefore been hosting a Peer Review – an evaluating of sustainability in tourism. For this reason a team of five tourism experts from other European regions have visited Carinthia from the 4th to 8th of October 2010. 

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Peer review in Sterea Ellada (GR)

13 September - 16 September: Sterea Ellada welcomes partners for a one-week Peer Review. 

Six experts of the PRESERVE project (Peer Reviews for Sustainable Eco-Regions via Europe) travelled to the Greek region of Sterea Ellada to audit its tourism potential and its strategy for sustainable tourism.

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Peer review in Avila (ES)

31 May - 3 June: Avila welcomes partners for a one-week Peer Review. 

Partners from Sterea Ellada (GR), Alba (RO), Jönköping (SE) and AER spent 5 days in the province of Avila to measure the wide-range of tourism offered in this spanish province. 

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Dissemination conference - Alytus (LT)

9 June 2010: Alytus invites local stakeholders and partners to a dissemination event. 

Topics to be discussed during the event include the development of tourism activity in protected areas and potential of spa and health tourism. 

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Dissemination conference - Abruzzo (IT)

26 May 2010: Abruzzo invites local stakeholders and partners to a dissemination event. 

The conference will be an opportunity to raise local awareness about PRESERVE and the implications of sustainable tourism as well as exchange experience with partners. 

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Peer review in Észak-Alföld (HU)

12-16 April 2010: partners travel to Észak-Alföld to discover the wide ranging tourism offers in the region. 

Partners from Styria (AT), Abruzzo (IT), Alytus (LT) and Örebro (SE) completed their second and final peer review in Észak-Alföld. 

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Mid-term Conference 16-18 March in Alba Iulia

16-18.03.2010: PRESERVE's mid-term dissemination conference on "European tourism in times of crisis: how regions use sustainability for stability. 

The conference was an opportunity to discuss the lessons that can be drawn from the crisis and the long term prospects of this sector to come out stronger by harnessing tools of sustainability. The event offered a wide-range of activities, discussions and networking opportunities. The PRESERVE conference also marked the half-way milestone for the 14 partners of the consortium who will present their main findings.

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Peer review in Banská Bystrica (SK)

19-23.10.2009: partners travel to Banská Bystrica to discover the wide ranging tourism offers in the region. 

Partners from South Denmark (DK), Carinthia (AT) and Tuscany (IT) completed their peer review in Banská Bystrica. Tourism in this region varies from spa and health tourism to agro tourism. The sector is also active in the winter season.

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Peer review in Örebro (SE)

22-26.06.2009: Örebro welcomes partners to the heart of Sweden for PRESERVE's first peer review. 

Partners from Styria (AT), Abruzzo (IT), Alytus (LT) and Eszak-Alfôld (HU) travelled to Örebro for a week long study visit. The peers carried out numerous interviews and site visits to evaluate the potential and opportunities for the region to develop its sustainable tourism activities and offers.

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PRESERVE officially launched!

05.02.2009: PRESERVE's official launch conference takes place in Brussels.

The event was coupled with a thematic conference on "the environment to trigger more sustainable tourism" and preceded by an AER Breakfast Briefing on financing tourism projects. Over 50 key stakeholders representing regions, chambers of commerces, EU institutions and other tourism actors took part in the debate to discuss the environmental impact and potential of European tourism.

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