Co-organization of International Conference on Cultural Tourism Advances

On 27 and 28 of June, 2023, the SmartCulTour consortium collaborated with the European Research Executive Agency and its 5 Horizon 2020 sister projects IMPACTOUR, SPOT, TeXTOUR, Be.CULTOUR and INCULTUM in the organization of the International Conference on Cultural Tourism Advances. KU Leuven served as the host institution for the conference.

The first day of the conference programme consisted of academic sessions in which the state-of-the-art in cultural tourism advances was highlighted, as supported by the findings of the six projects. The conference was happy to welcome keynote speeches by Prof. Greg Richards (Tilburg University) and Ms. Milena Popova (Europeana).

The second day started with a keynote speech of Dr. Ronald de Bruin (COST – European Cooperation in Science & Technology) and focused on policy sessions. Apart from demos on the developed tools and methods of the six projects, the day introduced a panel session with valuable contributions by Oriol Freixa Matalonga (UNESCO), Iulia Niculica (ETC), Manos Vougioukas (ECTN), Graham Bell (Europa Nostra), Christina Sarvani (DG RTD), and Mariachiara Esposito (DG EAC).

More information on the conference can be found at

To download the conference proceedings with presentations, click here

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