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Official launch of the new EuroVelo  13 – Iron Curtain Trail App, Vidzeme Tourism Association

Official launch of the new EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail App

03. May

A new application has been launched for smart phones and tablets to help people plan and then cycle the route of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.  The route invites people to retrace and experience the former border that for almost half a century divided Europe into East and West.  

2nd CHRISTA workshop on Industrial Heritage Tourism, Vidzeme Tourism Association

2nd CHRISTA workshop on Industrial Heritage Tourism

29. March

The second interregional workshop with study visits dedicated to ‘Industrial heritage Tourism’ took place in Borås on 14 – 16 March 2017, organised by Region of Vastra Gotaland/Vastarvet, at an old industrial site transformed into the Textile Fashion Centre.

Gdańsk hosts Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project, Vidzeme Tourism Association

Gdańsk hosts Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project

02. March

There can be few more symbolic locations to hold a project meeting related to EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail then Gdańsk – home of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement, which played such a key role in bringing down the iron curtain.

ECTN President addressed Cultural Routes Forum in Vilnius, Vidzeme Tourism Association

ECTN President addressed Cultural Routes Forum in Vilnius

01. November

President of European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Mr Raitis Sijats (who is also VTA's Chairman of the Board), addressed the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Forum, which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva from 26 – 27 October 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This year`s forum focused on ‘Expanding the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: challenges and opportunities’.

National EuroVelo Coordination Centres meet in Vienna, Vidzeme Tourism Association

National EuroVelo Coordination Centres meet in Vienna

29. October

On Saturday 15th October representatives of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) met in Vienna to present best practices, exchange experiences and agree how to continue the successful development of EuroVelo across the continent.

CHRISTA project 1st Thematic Workshop on Intangible Heritage, Vidzeme Tourism Association

CHRISTA project 1st Thematic Workshop on Intangible Heritage

11. November

The first exchange of experience process started with capitalization of good practices related to one of the priority theme ‘Intangible Heritage Tourism’  on 22 – 24 September 2016 in Guimaraes, Portugal, at the ‘Platform for Arts and Creativity’ centre, linked to the European Heritage Days and European Cooperation Day.

Liepāja welcomes ICTE partners to the Baltic Coast, Vidzeme Tourism Association

Liepāja welcomes ICTE partners to the Baltic Coast

04. October

During the last days of August, the Latvian city of Liepāja welcomed representatives of the transnational consortium working on the Iron Curtain Train Experience (ICTE) project.  Despite not being located on the border of two countries split by the ‘Iron Curtain’, this section of the route contains lots of reminders of the Cold War period and how Europe was once divided into East and West, as the participants in the project meeting found out.