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EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 at the ITB Berlin

16.03.2017
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The Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 and the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Francigena) were presented at the world’s leading travel show, the ITB in Berlin last week. The possibility to maintain and grow a touristic network was used to plan existing and potential projects. During the weekend, the ITB opened its gates to the general public. Many interested visitors used the opportunity to get valuable information about the two routes.

From Wednesday, March 8, to Friday, March 10, the tourism fair opened exclusively for fair visitors. The Rhine Cycle Route and the Via Romea (Francigena) were featured on the shared booth of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) in the Adventure Hall (hall 4.1). The whole EuroVelo network includes a total of 15 established cycle routes. The Rhine Cycle Route was the first cycle route to be certified according to European standards from its source in Switzerland to the Netherlands. The EuroVelo 15’s brochures were very well received by the many fair visitors and the public: A total of 1,000 copies of the manuals and 1,200 of the Rhine Cycle Route maps.

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It was definitely a year of record for EuroVelo and its national partners within whole Europe as the visits of professional visitors but also the cycling fans from the public was way higher than last year. Next to the mentioned information we were also able to share cycling overview maps from the Netherlands, Latvia and the Alsace region as well as the cycling news from the ADFC and specific cycle tour products linked to the project of the EuroVelo 5.

New EuroVelo Overview Map

During the ITB, the new map of the EuroVelo network was presented. Every three years, an updated version of this map is released in cooperation with the EuroVelo partners. The latest edition includes some brand new routes and further information and contact details about the existing routes. A total of 1,500 copies of the new EuroVelo map were handed out throughout the ITB.

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Panel discussion about the development of cycle tourism products

After the presentation of the new EuroVelo map, representatives of the EuroVelo routes 5 and 15 joined the ECF for a panel discussion on the “successful development of cycle tourism products”. While the Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 has been well established, consistently signed and certified, the Via Romea (Francigena) EuroVelo 5 is in large parts still in the planning process. Using specific examples, the participants concluded that the infrastructure of a region, a consistent and easy to understand signage and suitable accommodation are some key factors of successful cycle tourism products. The panel discussion was highly visited not only by our national partners and the father of the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail, Mr. Michael Cramer, but also it inspired new potential partners and contacts within Europe.

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This press release was issued by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH on behalf of the partners listed above and slightly edited by the EuroVelo Management Team.
Further information: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, An der Königsbach 8, 56075 Koblenz, info(at)romantischer-rhein.de, www.rheinradweg.eu / www.rhinecycleroute.eu / www.rijnfietsroute.eu / www.velorouterhin.eu