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Last 24 hours to register for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference!

10.09.2018
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The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 is almost at our doors, and the registrations are closing tomorrow, 12 September! There are only 20 seats left and no registrations will be possible on the spot, so make sure to register in time for the premier cycle tourism event in Europe. In two weeks, speakers and participants from all around Europe will be heading toward Limburg for two days full of discoveries about the EuroVelo routes and cycle tourism in general. In this article, you will find a summary of the Conference’s programme.

After the registrations and Welcome Drinks taking place in the evening of 26 September, the Conference day will start with introduction speeches from ECF President Christophe Najdovski and Toerisme Limburg Director Jeroen Luys.

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Christophe Najdovski – CC BY-SA 3.0

The morning plenary session will take place from 9:20 to 10:45, featuring Ward Segers, project coordinator at Toerisme Limburg, Dries Henau & Yuri Vandenbogaerde, a couple of young entrepreneurs from Ghent, and Josh Ibbett, adventure bikepacker from Flanders. Follow the links to learn more about each of them!

Ward Segers will give a presentation titled “The cycle node network in Limburg, adding new experiences”. This historian with experience in the heritage and regional development sectors is currently responsible for the development of several bicycle projects at Toerisme Limburg. Dries and Yuri are creators of Wasbar and Chez Claire and will propose to experience an ‘out of the box’ presentation during the Conference. And Josh Ibbett has been racing and exploring the world by bike for over 15 years, following a childhood passion for mountain bike racing which has evolved into a passion for travel and riding long distances by bike. At the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference, he will give a presentation titled “Ever wonder what goes in an around-the-world bikepacking kit?”

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From 11:15 to 12:45, the first three parallel sessions will take place in the Radisson Blu‘s conference rooms. Click on each session’s name to find out more and discover the speakers!

This session brings together examples of innovation that are allowing visitors to enjoy unforgettable experiences on two wheels.

As a backbone of a regional cycle network, cycle highways connect different cities, towns or major workplaces. They are characterized by a new, higher standard of design, build and maintenance.

Communication is now more visual and digital than ever before and this session focuses on the latest trends in communicating and promoting cycle tourism products.

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After a well-deserved lunch break during which participants will have the chance to visit the Conference’s exhibition, the three last parallel sessions will take place between 14:15 and 15:45.

In this session, learn from some of the best destinations at providing unique experiences for cycle tourists.

Ingredients for the popularity of cycle trails include infrastructure, efficient stakeholder communication and network monitoring, as you will learn in this session.

This session will look at good practice examples of combining bikes and public transport, taking in trains, buses and public bike sharing systems.

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Further plenary sessions will close the day’s programme, featuring Adam Bodor, ECF Advocacy and EuroVelo Director. Adam holds a Master’s degree in Geography and economics. His cycling carrier started as board member of ECF in 2004, and he was the first “ministerial commissioner responsible for cycling” and the co-chair of the inter-ministerial working group for cycling in Hungary form 2005 to 2010. Since working for ECF, he reorganized the management of EuroVelo and achieved its first recognition by the European institutions. Since 2016 he has been coordinating the advocacy work of ECF and the preparation of the EU cycling strategy. At the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference, Adam Bodor will talk about “The Future of Cycle Tourism in Europe”.

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Adam Bodor

On 28 September from 9am to 1pm, participants to the conference will be invited to participate in a social activity of their choice. The available site vitis are listed on this page. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Limburg at the end of the month! And once again, do not forget to register for the conference before full capacity is reached.

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