We attend the II Meeting of Managers of Spanish Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Santiago de Compostela on March 8th and 9th 2023
Organized by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and hosted by Galicia Tourism, the topic of this year’s encounter is: «Local development, citizenship participation and conservation of the cultural heritage».
The technical manager of the ERHG, Ms. Ana Rosa Moreno, is attending this important meeting based on the social and cultural sustainability dimensions that all Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe should meet.
The Meeting has been opened by Mr. Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Ms. Nava Castro Domínguez, General Director of Galicia Tourism, María Agúndez Leria, General Sub-Director of Coordination and Management of Cultural Assets at the Culture Ministry of Spain and Román Rodríguez González, Councilor of Culture, Education, Professional Education and Universities.
Local development, citizenship participation and conservation of the cultural heritage
The encounter includes lectures from some of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and some workshops in which all mangers will contribute to the priority fields of action: Cooperation in Research and Development, Enhancement of Memory, History and Heritage, Contemporary Cultural and Artistic Practices, Cultural Tourism and Sustainable Development, Cultural and Educational exchanges among Young Europeans and Strategies of Communication to Citizenship & Visibility of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
The first Route to be certified as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe was Saint James Way (Camino de Santiago) and it is the best example of how to involve the citizenship in the design and implementation of new inititiatives. Mr. Ildefonso de la Campa Montenegro, Director of the Managing Company S.A. de Xestión do plan Xacobeo, has showed some evidences of the impacts of this Cultural Route of the Council of Europe: about 25% of the GDP in some of the towns that are crossed by the Way in Spain and ROI of the Saint James Way is 10 out of 1, whereas the average satisfaction is 70% and 96% of the pilgrims recommend others to walk the Saints James Way.
Let’s all be inspired by the best example of what can be achieved through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe!