Cycle tourism gets more attention every time EuroVelo pays a visit to an international tourism trade fair in Europe. It is a growing sector that employees over 450,000 people in Europe, a figure that could be doubled by 2020 with the right policies. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycling tourism generates over 43 billion euros every year.
EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 meet in Strasbourg. It is a city symbolic of European cooperation and its history gives it a dual identity in which national lines are blurred. This month we will take a closer look at how the people of Strasbourg have taken to the two EuroVelo routes.
One more year, EuroVelo will be present at the ITB Berlin (hall 4.1. b booth no 217). If you want to meet us at our booth or attend our panel about EuroVelo and cycling tourism, you will find here all the information you need updated!
EuroVelo 13 – The Iron Curtain Trail – connects 20 countries, 3 seas and over ten thousand kilometers of formerly closed border. A lighthouse project of this scale has a clear international appeal. By captivating the imagination of an international audience it can bring people outside the typical cycle tourist profile around to cycle tourism and cycling more generally.
After the success of our previous visits, EuroVelo will be returning to the ITB Berlin next month where we will be particularly highlighting EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route.
One recently-formed regional government in Germany is making its plans regarding transport clear from the start and EuroVelo has a leading role to play. Since the start of the new year the German “Bundesland” of Thüringia has been governed by a coalition of the Greens, the Social Democrats and the leftist party “Die Linke”. The promotion of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and cycling tourism in general is a major point in the mobility and transport section of the coalition agreement.
Have you ever been on holiday and itched to see the place by bike only to find it impossible to find any bicycle to do it on? You are not alone. The SEEMORE project has been making traditional holiday destinations more cycle friendly. Sometimes, solutions can be very simple. The weapon of choice was persuasion and the good results are yet another example of how cycling just makes sense.
At the end of last year, the European Commission published a guide on opportunities for using EU funds for the tourism sector. The guide may be of interest to the estimated 524,052 people directly employed in the cycling tourism sector in Europe.
At the end of last year, over 30 partners from along the route of EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route in France met following the invitation of the Seine-Maritime Department. The French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre (NECC), the Départements et Régions cyclables (DRC), initiated the meeting in an effort to coordinate the work of all the relevant local councils along this route and to build a national strategy tailored to route. Here is how they got on.
Once again, EuroVelo will be present at Fitur – the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid. Fitur 2015 brings good news for the EuroVelo project given that the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment will announce the official establishment of an EuroVelo National Coordination Centr for Spain (NECC) with the support of many Spanish regions and the National Cycling Organisation, ConBici.