“New minorities promoting sustainable tourism in traditional communities”​ – SLOVENIA, 11-12.11.2017

“New minorities promoting sustainable tourism in traditional communities”​ (Bled, 11-12.11.2017) – POST EVENT PRESS RELEASE

The Municipality of Bled hosted on 11th and 12th November 2017 the fifth Transnational Event “New minorities promoting sustainable tourism in traditional communities” organised within the EU project “GEMS – Integration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

 The event focused on the promotion of sustainable tourism and the inter-cultural dialogue with new minorities in the EU scenario. GEMS Task-   Forces were called to identify actions that capitalise on cultural diversity and integration in the promotion strategies of sustainable tourism, within   the context of alpine traditional communities.  

 During the second day participants were involved in the GEMS conference and parallel workshops that delineated actions and strategies to allow   members of “new minorities” to become active parts in tourism promotion activities. Both presentations and workshop debates focused on the potential of sustainable tourism as an ‘integration’ engine in Alpine communities.  

Moreover, debates highlighted the following priorities on the GEMS network agenda: i) development of an inclusive and open community through   intercultural dialogue and ii) promotion of culture and local traditions to strengthen a sense of belonging to small Alpine communities, as part of a   wider EU community.  Consequently, workshop debates have focused on possible network activities that could promote the Alpine heritage and   the ‘activation’ of young ‘Alpine’ generations as a way to contribute to strengthening of integration and solidarity attitudes at local level (e.g. Alpine   Culture Festival, establishment of an Alpine Youth Association, etc). The debates during the sessions were facilitated by the Scientific Partner – ISIG and Alpine Pearls.

The event was organised in parallel of St. Martin Celebrations at the Blade Lake promenade.
A traditional market was coordinated by Bled local producers, under the motto “Taste Bled”, in which GEMS participants had the   opportunity to experience the richness  of local culinary, culture and tradition.

The project activities are open to a wide range of interested citizens from all involved towns. All citizens may visit the project web-site (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for receiving further information.

 

“New minorities promoting sustainable tourism in traditional communities”​ (Bled, 11-12.11.2017) – PRESS RELEASE

The Municipality of Bled will host on 11th and 12th November 2017 the fifth Transnational Event “New minorities promoting sustainable tourism in traditional communities” organised within the EU project “GEMS – Integration and Solidarity European Models for Sustainability”, co-funded by EACEA Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The project coordinated by the Alpine Pearls Association, links in a network of “Active GEMS”, five Alpine towns from four countries of the Region: Werfenweng – A, Bad Reichenhall – D, Municipality of Bled – SI, Municipality of Forni di Sopra – I, Municipality of Moena – I.

The international event will focus on the promotion of sustainable tourism and the importance of the inter-cultural dialogue with new minorities in the EU scenario. Participants had the possibility to identify actions and strategies that capitalise on the cultural diversity in the promotion strategies of sustainable tourism, within the context of alpine traditional communities.

The first day will be dedicated to a Networking Event held at the Visitor Centre Triglavska roža, in which local practices of sustainable development, solidarity and social inclusion will be presented by local partners. GEMS Task-Force will be then involved in a guided tour in Bled to discover the local and inclusive community. After that participants will take part in a multicultural dinner with folk music and performances.

During the second day participants will be engaged in a public conference and parallel workshops on the sustainable development and integration strategies in the alpine communities. During the GEMS parallel workshops participants will be guided in debate sessions about: valorisation of EU and “non-EU” diversity in local development, de-activation of EU-skepticism vis-à-vis third countries immigrants and how to actively engage new comers in the promotion of traditional EU communities.

The debates during the sessions will facilitated by the Scientific Partner – ISIG and Alpine Pearls.

This event will be organised in parallel with St.Martin Celebrations on the lake promenade where GEMS participants will have the opportunity to experience the richness of local culinary, culture and traditions.

The project activities are open to a wide range of interested citizens from all involved towns.All citizens may visit the project web-site (www.gemsproject.eu) or write directly to the Consortium (info@gemsproject.eu) for receiving further information.