IGCAT invited to European Conference on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism


The European Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) and the Cantabria Region organized a European Conference held in Santander on 30 April 2015. The Conference “Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism as key contributors to local and regional development” aimed at assessing the contribution of cultural heritage and sustainable tourism to regional development. The event was the summit of the 3rd SEDEC meeting, and gathered policy-makers from all levels of government, representatives of cultural heritage organisations and academia around the two following themes:
· European Cultural Heritage – source and resource
· Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism for local and regional development

IGCAT was invited to this major event to present the European Region of Gastronomy project. Dr Diane Dodd, Director of IGCAT, stressed the goal of the awards which looks for contribution to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation. European Region of Gastronomy is also a network involving academic, public and private stakeholders who share knowledge and experience in order to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the regions. During the presentation, Dr Dodd invited the regions to see the opportunities that food diversity is creating for new creative and cultural industries, and to join the project which will be officially launched on 2 July 2015 in Barcelona at the famous La Pedrera Building.

The main speakers of the Conference included Yoomi Renström, SEDEC Chair, José María Lasalle Ruiz, Spanish Secretary of State for Culture, Juan Ignacio Diego Palacios, President of Cantabria, Cristina Mazas Pérez-Oleaga, Cantabria’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment and CoR member, and Iñigo de la Serna, Mayor of Santander.

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    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.

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    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.

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    Montserrat Garrido Romera

    Sant Pol de Mar is proud to share knowledge in raising the quality of culture and gastronomy offers.

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    Carme Ruscalleda

    Catalonia is committed to raising the quality of local cuisine and food products.

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    Francisco de Calheiros

    Minho IN aims to create synergies with other areas that share the same views on competitiveness and economic development.

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    Maurizio Zanella

    East Lombardy promotes food and wine tourism, with a particular attention to local cuisine and sustainable food production.

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    Dzintars Kristovskis

    Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. Riga-Gauja 2017 European Region of Gastronomy is going to be about that.

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    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.

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