International Extended Report.
SMEs, good practices, opportunities and innovation on pilgrimage and religious tourism and cultural management
Innovation and Capacity Building in Higher Education for Cultural Management, Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism in European Cultural Routes (CULTOUR+) is a Strategic Partnership (SP) of universities, local governments, SMEs and NGOs funded by the programme Erasmus+.
Participating organizations share the concern, expertise and experience in proving that cultural management, sustainable tourism and European Cultural Routes and Heritage can be a source to promote creative, high-quality work for young graduate and postgraduate entrepreneurs. As well as SME generation, networking, co-working and clustering.
Cultour+ has coordinated research in cultural routes, specially focusing in pilgrimage routes and religious tourism in Europe gathering also in scientific and professional international conferences, expertise and good practices cases of America and Asia.
During the research, we have been able to perform research visits on the following cases:
- Spain: Silver Route (Vía de la Plata)
- Portugal: Portuguese Inland Way to Santiago (Caminho Português Interior a Santiago)
- Greece: St. Pauls Footsteps
- Poland: Radom-Czestockowa
- Bulgary: Cross Forest
Based on the European Cultural Route “The Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes”, as a transnational model of inspiration, imitation and transformation, CULTOUR+ is connecting expertise in cultural heritage and tourism management to a selected number of significant religious routes and centers´ case studies from the participant countries.
CULTOUR+ is establishing links with different levels of authority – local, national and European – financial and governmental institutions, tourist organisations, and other bodies that would encourage future development of the routes and sites. It is also providing insights on and contribute to SMEs’ performance, innovation capacity, and network and cluster development in the partner countries cultural religious routes and sites. Chaves and Sao Pedro do Sul in Portugal are some of the inspiring models of thermal tourism management, another strategic area for most of the participant partners regions and organizations.
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