The Paphos regional board of tourism has joined a new EU programme which concerns cultural tourism with the aim to protect and preserve natural and cultural heritage assets, and to develop and promote them in the best way possible.
Paphos is now a partner in ‘CHRISTA’ – Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism Actions, which is a programme of Interreg, the European Union’s framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local bodies from different member states.
Paphos is also a lead partner in the European Network of Cultural Tourism (European Cultural TourismNetwork – ECTN), which is based in Brussels, and has been a member since 2012 and represented on the board since 2014.
Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism said: “After successfully participating in other EU projects, we are continuing our inter regional cooperation with destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria, on major issues of sustainable development and cultural tourism projection. About 85 of the project is co-financed by the European Union.”
“Paphos continues to make a significant contribution to cultural tourism, taking advantage of the European programs and as a member of ECTN. The new project will examine the synergies of culture and heritage in innovation and sustainable tourism development, and will draw up an ‘action plan’. We expect to launch the programme and for important partners to visit Paphos during the period of the Cultural Capital 2017,” he said.
The European Capital of Culture is the most important cultural institution of Europe and one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world. Pafos has abundant historical legacy with many wonderful cultural heritage sites. Among them the remains of Aphrodite’s temple, castles, amphitheatres, fortresses, the famous Roman period mosaics and the Tombs of the Kings situated in the UNESCO listed archaeological sites of Kato Pafos. The first capital of Cyprus in Hellenistic and Roman times is now once again a capital: THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE FOR 2017.
2 years ago, Paphos has been included in the top 100 tourist destinations recognised globally for their commitment to sustainability. The Paphos district was awarded a gold medal for the quality of its coast for the period 2013-2014 and additionally selected as one of the top 20 “most clean, green and in harmony with nature” sustainable tourist destinations.
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