World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day 2016: Age Group 55+ becomes increasingly important within the EU


Ever since its inception, the World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. It seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and this year it was particularly addressing the age group 55+ (silver age) – one of the most pressing challenges.

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National EuroVelo Coordination Centres network goes from strength to strength


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.

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Successful EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference ends with the signing of the Charter of Silver Cyclists


Over 70 participants from 23 nationalities attended the third edition of the conference organised by the European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA).

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EuroVelo search engine for bookable offers is live!


Developed through the SilverCyclists project, the website now features a search engine for bookable offers. This search engine allows you to search for specific cycling offers along EuroVelo routes.

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Just one week to go to submit your abstract for Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen


Velo-city Arnhem-Nijmegen wants your experience, studies, projects and reports on the ‘Freedom of Cycling’, in order to gather, learn and exchange with people from different countries.

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Liepāja welcomes ICTE partners to the Baltic Coast


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.

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New survey on senior’s holiday preferences and cycling


As a part of the SilverCyclists project, the UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) has launched a new survey to find out the preferences of senior tourists and their opinion on cycling during their holidays.

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New Hungarian Commissioner for Cycling makes development of EuroVelo routes a priority


Mariusz Revesz – Hungary’s new commissioner for cycling – held a conference with EuroVelo director Ádám Bodor on the future of the cycle routes in the country, with some very positive implications for the EuroVelo routes.

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Sustrans publishes first handbook on Greenway management for the UK


EuroVelo National Coordinator in the UK, Sustrans, has recently published the first ever guidebook on the management of Greenways in the UK.

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2016 EuroVelo Certification Training Course


This year again, between the 7th & 8th July 2016, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised its Certification Training Course in Brussels, on the European Certification Standard. The 17 participants from different European countries learned about the certification process of the routes.

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EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Interreg Project submitted


Following the fruitful preparation of the ‘AtlanticOnBike’ project proposal meeting in Biarritz, the lead project partner Pyrénées Atlantiques has submitted the Expression of Interest to the Interreg Atlantic Area’s Joint Technical Secretariat.

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Bookable offers for Silver Cyclists

In the context of the Silver Cyclists project, the 7 involved partners have developed a set of bookable offers aimed at senior cyclists. The 16 pilots from 5 different countries use the EuroVelo network as a backbone, going on the EuroVelo 8, 10, 13 and 15 routes.

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EuroVelo at the TEN-T Days Event in Rotterdam


Following the enthusiastic reaction to the ECF’s EuroVelo booth at the TEN-T Days event in Riga in 2015, the team returned again this year to promote the fact that measures related to EuroVelo routes and cycling generally can now be included in TEN-T projects.  The TEN-T Days took place in Rotterdam this time, due to the Netherlands hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and brings together some of the major figures related to transport in Europe.

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New National EuroVelo Coordinator in Austria!


EuroVelo welcomes the addition of the latest national coordinator to the European cycle route network. The organisation ‘Radlobby’ will be in charge of coordinating the national efforts in Austria.

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EuroVelo 5 project kick-off meeting in Canterbury


The EuroVelo 5 – Via Rome Francigena project was officially launched in April 2016, aiming at diversifying the European tourism offer through the development of EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena as an innovative transnational thematic cycle route for sport and wellness tourism, capitalizing on the Via Romea Francigena pilgrims route and its importance to our shared European cultural heritage.

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EuroVelo Certification Training Course 2016


This year, the annual EuroVelo certification training course will take place between Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July 2016. During the two days participants will be trained in how to correctly certify a section of a EuroVelo route.

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Research on the public health benefit of new walking and cycling routes


According to a recent report by the British National EuroVelo Coordinator, Sustrans, called Fit For Life, the construction of new walking and cycling routes has clear public health benefits, especially regarding physical activity.

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Cycling and spa tourism: a winning combination

On the 25th May, EuroVelo’s Ed Lancaster gave a presentation at the European Spa Association’s (ESPA) Annual Congress on the many benefits of combining cycling and spa tourism.  As Ed pointed out, this combination is already proving to be a success is many parts of Europe.

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Latest report on the number of cyclists on French cycle routes shows increases on EuroVelos 1, 6 and 17


The French organisation ‘Départements et Régions Cyclables’ (DRC) has presented its latest statistics on the number of users of French cycle routes in 2015. Compared with the figures collected in previous years in their ‘national frequenting platform’ PNF, the report found an increase in the number of users, especially on the EuroVelo routes 1, 6 and 17.

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Study of the European Commission – digital technologies within tourism SMEs


The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is conducting a research study related to the use of digital technologies within tourism SMEs across the European Union.

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Silver Cyclists consortium met in Madrid


The Silver Cyclists project reached the half way point in the month of April with a second project meeting. Hosted by the Spanish Railways Foundation in Madrid on April 7th-8th, partners from 7 different European countries attended this fruitful meeting in order to monitor the project implementation. The meeting focused on the work developed so far with a special look into the next steps.

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Three new national EuroVelo coordinators in 2016 – Welcome to the network!


This year, EuroVelo is honoured to welcome three new members to its network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators.  The new NECCs in Denmark and Serbia and the new NEC in Slovenia will make the link between the European and the national and regional levels regarding cycling tourism.

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Cycling one of the main reasons for going on holiday in 2015


The European Commission recently published a new Flash Eurobarometer on tourism. This survey highlights the importance of cycling tourism in the general tourism market.

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The role of cycling tourism highlighted in ‘Attracting investment in tourism’ conference


On the 5th April 2016, the European Commission organised a high level conference on attracting investment in tourism. The conference focused on several important aspects, including financing, upgrading skills and improving the business environment, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.  And cycle tourism featured prominently in the discussions!

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First steps taken towards EuroVelo 13 App


Project partners from the EU-supported Iron Curtain Trail Experience (ICTE) project met in Znojmo in the Czech Republic last month.  Top of the agenda was the development of a new application for smart phones and tablets covering the most developed sections of this long distance cycle route.

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EuBike – connecting cyclists and tourism providers to support the development of cyclotourism

The EuBike project connects tourism providers and cyclist tourists in order to improve tourism offers aimed at cyclists.  With the goal of improving the overall quality of cycling tourism, the project developed an electronic learning programme and also encouraged tourism providers and cyclists to provide feedback on good practice.

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Cycling tourism at the Velocity in Taipei


This year Velo-city travelled to Asia or the first time ever, with the latest edition of the premier international planning conferences on cycling taking place in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of February and beginning of March.  As always cycling tourism featured prominently in the programme and the following article provides an overview of the key discussions if you were not able to make it.

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European Cyclist’s Federation approves extension of European cycle route in Portugal


EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route is a long distance cycle route currently running between Nordkap in northern Norway and Sagres in Southwestern Portugal.  Following an application submitted by the Portuguese Federation of Cycletourism and Bicycle Users (FPCUB) it has been announced that from the 1st July 2016 the route will extend from Sagres all the way along the Portuguese Atlantic Coast to Caminha on the Portuguese/Spanish border.

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EuroVelo panel discussion ‘Cycling for all’ at the ITB Berlin 2016


During the ITB Berlin 2016, the world’s leading tourism trade fair, the ECF organized a panel discussion on an increasingly important topic when it comes to bike tourism: ‘Cycling for all’ or how cycle tourism has moved into the mainstream and is now appealing to wide target groups.  Below is a little summary of what was said.

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EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists


On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.

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New Road-Book for the Bicitalia 10 in Italy


The Apulia Region in Italy has published a new road-book for the Bicitalia route 10. The road-book covers the whole Bourbon Cycle Route, from Bari to Naples and Matera in the south of Italy and should give some indications to users on which itinerary to follow.

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The Rhone Cycle Route joins the EuroVelo network


The Rhone Cycle Route has become the first new route to join EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, since 2011. The long distance cycle route, which follows the course of the River Rhone through Switzerland and France, has now officially become EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route.

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Panel Discussion at ITB Berlin 2016: Cycling for all!


Cycling tourism is an enormous business. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycling tourism’s contribution to the European economy is over 43 billion euros. It means that every year in Europe, cycling tourism generates over 20 million overnight trips and employs over 400,000 people.

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Cycle tourism contributes over €9bn per year in Germany

During Velo-city Taipei, the German Cycling Embassy unveiled the latest figures of the economic contribution of cycle tourism to the German economy and the secrets of the success of Europe’s largest cycle tourism market.

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Iberian Cycling Congress 2016 -29th April -1st May – Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)

The 13th edition of the Iberian Cycling Congress (Portual-Spain) will be held in Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal) from 29th April to 1st May.  With the theme ´Cycling cities, smart cities´, the Iberian Cycling Congress is the reference event for urban cycling and cycling tourism in Spain and Portugal.

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New updates on the EuroVelo 8 / La méditérannée à vélo


On the 26th of january, the french partners of the EuroVelo 8 / La Méditérannée à vélo met in Béziers to discuss about the future of the route.

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European Commissioner welcomes Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto


The Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto Initiative has been welcomed by the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry Entrepeneurship and SEMs, Elzbieta Bienkowska.

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The Silver Cyclists project website is live!


The Silver Cyclists’ project website has been launched to disseminate this EU-funded initiative’s outputs, main objectives, activities, partnership composition and latest news.

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EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin 2016


EuroVelo will be attending a new edition of the ITB Berlin. You are all invited to visit us at the hall 4.1 booth 244. This year the ITB brings many surprises including the launch of a new EuroVelo route! For more information and updates, please see below.

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EuroVelo goes global at Velo-city Taipei


EuroVelo will present the newest developments in terms of cycling tourism in Europe at the 2016 edition of the global Velo-city conference in Taipei.

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