Thessalia Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism
The purpose of the “Thessalia Charter for Sustainable Cultural Tourism” is to bring together in a single, comprehensive and integrated document the main principles, features, findings, priorities, conclusions and recommendations on good practices regarding ‘Culture & Heritage Added-value to Regional policies for Tourism Sustainability’ (CHARTS). This Charter aims to build on all relevant previous initiatives, declarations, resolutions, opinions and charters, to exploit synergies and facilitate implementation of the recommendations by the national, regional and local destinations authorities responsible. The overall aim is to encourage sustainable and responsible tourism policies and actions across Europe and beyond, through engaging culture and heritage with innovation and cohesion.
This Charter has been developed, discussed and agreed as an output of the CHARTS project in the INTERREG IVC interregional cooperation programme of the European Union, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is aimed at national, regional and local government authorities, destination management agencies, tourism promotion bodies, tourism boards, tourism associations, tourism networks, cultural networks, civil society bodies and community groups, non-governmental organisations, associations of small medium enterprises, European Union institutions, international bodies and other interested bodies and relevant stakeholders.
The Charter was first proposed at the CHARTS Project final conference held at Agria, Thessalia Region, Greece, in September 2014. The second edition with additions and enhancements was presented in Brussels on 30 November 2016, by the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), as a contribution to #IY2017 and the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
The Charter is open to consultation with all stakeholders till June 2017.