Subject:ย Final call: Sustainable Tourism Meeting in Greece ๐ŸŒ„

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The XI Charter Network Meeting takes place in Greece between the 9-11th of April, with a special post-conference excursion until the 14th of April!
The social and cultural impact of tourism: exploring a sustainable response! 

Sustainable Tourism can deliver positive impacts for society. It has the potential to promote social development through employment creation, economic activities and can be a force for peace and understanding. It can also strengthen communities, as facilities and infrastructure developed as a reaffirmation of culture, tradition and values.

However, these same socio-cultural impacts do change local people's everyday experiences, the traditional way of life and intellectual and artistic products. There are concerns over culture commodification, lack of authenticity of tradition, dilution of culture and even standardization of tourism offers. All this too Changes in the landscape and nature of the destination.

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, through it's partnership approach, seeks to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to an area, in a way that does not denigrate the existing culture, yet allows growth and development. It is a challenge to balance these competing demands.


You can download full Agenda of the XI European Charter Network Meeting here !
Keynote speakers

  • Sofia Pachini, Policy Officer, Nature Protection Unit, DG Environment, European Commission - "NATURA 2000: opportunities for sustainable tourism embracing natural and cultural heritage in nature protected areas"

  • Emanuele Raso , Municipality of Monterosso, 5 Terre National Park, Italy - "Managing Culture and Social Impact: the 5 Terre Experience"

  • Prof. Dimitris Goussios , University of Thessaly, Laboratory of Rural Space

  • Casa de Ecoturismo Quei Victorino - "Ecotourism as a Driving Force for Rural Areas: Experiences of a Young Entrepreneur"

  • Carol Ritchie , Executive Director, EUROPARC Federation

Choose your workshop!  The workshop sessions will run on the 9th April afternoon (between 15:00 and 18:00) and on the 10th April morning (between 9:00 and 11:30). A Further description of each workshop is available in the 
Field trips

Our host in Tzoumerka organizes 6 wonderful field trips. On the 11th, we want to spend the day outdoors, each participant should choose the field trip he would like to join.
Open activities (where we need you!): Marketplace and open mic session 

There will be plenty of opportunities to network and share experience, learn from each other and get new ideas to take back to your own areas. For the Marketplace, you are invited to bring information, promotional material, but also the best delicacies from your country or region...Yours + mine = our Food, Enjoy and share experience! You Can Either bring the material with you, or post it in advance to the Park:

Management Authority of the National Park of Tzoumerka, Acheloos Valley, Agrafa and Meteora

Scientific and Technological Park of Epirus

Ioannina University Campus, 45110 Ioannina - Greece

T: + 30 2651043663

There will be an "open mic" session where you can bring a 5 minute presentation of your project, ideas for projects, looking for partners or just general sustainable tourism question you want advise or input from the audience... We can give you the Microphone ... the floor is yours (for 5 minutes).

The participation fee :
  • for EUROPARC members and Charter II and Charter III is only 70 โ‚ฌ
  • and 90 โ‚ฌ for non - members.
In the registration form, you will have to choose your preference for the workshop and field trip and tell us. Besides, in order to prepare the transfers from the airports, we will need to know your exact time of arrival and the airport you're flying to.. If you do not have this information while you are making your registration, please send us an email as soon as you have this information to s.grego @

Location and Accommodation

The meeting will take place in Tzoumerka, Acheloos Valley, Agrafa and Meteora National Park, in Greece. One of our newer sustainable destinations awarded with the Charter.

The meeting will take place in the Pramanta Council Hall, Pramanta town, municipality of North Tzoumerka, Region of Epirus. The National Park will provide childly transfers on the 8th April from:

  • Ioannina Airport - the most convenient as BUS is only 1:30 hours.
  • Athens Airport - The first transfer will depart at 15:00 / 16:00 and the second around 19:30 / 20:00 (note that the BUS drive from Athens airport is 5hours)
  • Thessaloniki Airport - - The first transfer will depart at 15:00 / 16:00 and the second at 19:30 / 20:00 (note that the BUS drive from Thessaloniki airport is 4hours)
  • For those arriving by ferry from Italy, a transfer Igoumenitsa Port
Transfers wants to be ready for the return on 12th on, but you should not book any flight before 13:30 so

There will be transfers on 14th for those joining the post-conference excursion (you should not book any flight before 13:30 either).

Our host has excellent value in the following hotels, so please book directly with the hotel of your choice.


All hotels are within 20 minutes drive and shuttle buses will bring you to the conference venue each day. Make sure you book your trip and accommodation soon, we will need to know your details by the end of February to organize the transfers.

Special 2-day post conference tour! 

This edition, Tzoumerka National Park is offering a special 2-day post-conference between the 12-14th April for those who would like to have the chance to visit Meteora! This will an additional cost, but it is highly recommended!

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