The 2nd INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR of the SUSTOWNS project has been successfully implemented in Thessaloniki

The 2nd International Seminar of the SUSTOWNS project was successfully implemented on the 23rd of September 2021 in Thessaloniki, with the participation of all project partners and stakeholders from the pilot territories of the project. The Conference was organized as a COVID-FREE hybrid.

The 2nd International Seminar of the SUSTOWNS project was successfully implemented on the 23rd of September 2021 in Thessaloniki, with the participation of all project partners and stakeholders from the pilot territories of the project. The Conference was organized as a COVID-FREE hybrid event which means that only people that hold a vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery from the virus of COVID-19 could attend the meeting in a face-to-face way and also, the event was broadcasted via the ZOOM Web Platform, allowing people that participated online, to also being able to make questions and make a presentation via Internet. The 2nd International Seminar was the 2nd big milestone of the project, after the 1st one that was implemented with great success in July 2021 in Faro, Portugal. Responsible for the organization of the event was ANATOLIKI S.A., Organization for Local Development, partner of the project in Greece. The event was co-organized with the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization and the Municipalities of Volvi and Aristotle, pilot territories of the project.

The 2nd International Seminar was also a part of a bilateral program, where international guests, coming from the 7 partner countries of the project, had the opportunity to participate in a study visit by boat around Mount Athos and had a view to the UNESCO protected monasteries of the area.

The Conference was separated into two parts. During the first part, Mrs. Argyro Papaioannou, representative of the Region of Central Macedonia, presented the Actions of the Region for its transformation to a Sustainable Destination. Mr. Evangelos Kyriakou, representative of the Municipality of Edessa presented a good practice for sustainable tourism and the “Destination Management for Small-Scale Cities for Sustainable Tourism Development-The case of Via Egnatia Cities”. Mr. Charalampos Vasileiadis (ANATOLIKI S.A.) and Mr Francesco Filippi (MUSOL Foundation) presented the Methodology for the transformation of small fascinating MED towns to Sustainable Tourism Destinations, of the SUSTOWNS project. The last two presentations of the first part were made by Ms. Pascale Fauveau-Lagaye, Project Officer of the Interreg MED, who made a general overview of the Programme and presented the targets and goals of the next Programming Period 2021-2027, and Mr. Spyros Niavis, representative of the Sustainable Tourism Community of the Horizontal Interreg MED, who referred to good practices of Sustainable Tourism and other MED projects, related to tourism.

During the second part, the project partners and representative stakeholders of the pilot territories presented the experiences of their participation in the SUSTOWNS project. All partners contributed with the presentation of one pilot area per country since the other half of the pilots were presented in the International Seminar organized in Faro, Portugal.

The 2nd International Seminar paved the way to the Work Package 5 of the project-Capitalization. The project is planned to be finalized in June 2022.