IO1 – COLLECT NATIONAL DATA FOR THE CREATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR RURAL TOURISM
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The autumn of 2021 ended with a series of events who desired to address in 9 communities the relevance of a structured, European strategy to develop and improve the rural tourism, organized under Escape2 project timeline.
These events were organized by the partners of Escape2 project and targeted the priorities revealed during the interviews with local stakeholders from HORECA, among which, we can find in top 3 the poor development of touristic services, few policies that aim to increase the tourism sector and the law level of awareness among local population regarding present heritage.
The covid crisis has therefore become an opportunity for rural tourism. Due to the spread of the virus, many companies have encouraged remote working. People were forced to stay at home and from there they tried to do as much as possible activities in open-air places: work, play sports, cook and dine, "travel" through virtual tours of the city, for example, and many other activities that they carried out before the health emergency " moving ".
These events had a wider focus on creating connections between local products and actors directly involved in regional economy. With examples from the other countries of integrating good practices to explore the rural tourism, the participants debate about online tools to increase rural tourism or mixing activities to boost the economic support during more periods of the year and many more other examples provided during local research.
The handcraft represents, still, a key point for rural tourism which would be integrated in the strategy to develop this area, because visitors are looking more for discovering local traditions and products, the latest especially because they are more eco-friendly than some products found in big cities. Moreover, the places which promote the natural beauty, have a wider potential to reach a high visibility, by their power to be promoted in Social Media.
The multiplier events from Escape2 project, gathered more than 180 persons directly involved in rural economy which could become main pillars in developing rural tourism. The conclusion of these events are that the rural region are able to provide several types of activities, for tourists who deserve to rest, eat well, discover the culture or have various sportive activities, as biking, boat rides, long walks, etc.
This website has been accomplished during the project "Escape2 - Supporting the Development of Transnational Thematic Tourism Strategy", Grant Agreement no. 2020-1-ES01-KA202-082418, implemented with financial support of the European Commission by the Erasmus+ Programme.
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