EuroVelo – Programme

EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2021 Programme

5 – 7 October 2021

The 2021 EuroVelo Conference programme will include presentations and communications based around the following themes:

THEME 1 – HEALTH AND CYCLING TOURISM

Active, healthy, sustainable tourism is no longer a trend and has become a reality. In the present-day context, tourists demand safe, closer-to-home destinations, and in this respect those regions specialized in cycling tourism have a great opportunity to combat depopulation in rural areas, promote an all-season tourist offer, and develop proposals for sustainable tourism in urban settings. These are just some of the advantages associated with cycling tourism.

THEME 2 – INFRASTRUCTURES, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

The extension and consolidation of the EuroVelo network requires the design and implementation of a series of infrastructures. With the goal of generating an internationally recognised cycling tourism experience, these infrastructures must guarantee optimal standards of quality and efficient management and maintenance. Route managers, companies and users obtain great benefit from innovative solutions and new technological developments, which contribute to the continuous improvement of EuroVelo destinations.

THEME 3 – ECONOMIC RECOVERY, EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Specializing in cycling tourism provides an opportunity for many regions, contributing to a better seasonal distribution of tourism and the production of quality employment. The training and coordination of all the agents involved in the value chain of the sector will play a key role, as well as the different communication, promotional and marketing campaigns aimed at both traditional and emerging markets.

5th October 2021

16:00 - 18:00
Registration
20:00
EuroVelo Conference Welcome Drinks
Place: Reial Drassanes de Barcelona, Av. de les Drassanes, 1, 08001 Barcelona

6th October 2021

08:30
Registration
09:30
Opening: "Welcome to Barcelona: Destination EuroVelo 2021!"
Auditorio
Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation
Isidre Gavín, Secretary of Territory and Mobility, Department of Vice-Presidency, Digital Policies and Territory, Generalitat de Catalunya
Marta Domènech, Director general for Tourism of the Government of Catalonia
Abigail Garrido,  Barcelona Provincial Council (Deputy Delegate for Tourism)
10:00
Plenary session 1: The contribution made by cycling tourism in confronting the challenges faced by society
Auditorio
Dirk Glaesser, Director of Sustainable Development of Tourism at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Fiona Bull, Head of Unit, Physical Activity. Department of Health Promotion at World Health Organization.
Raluca Fiser, President of the World Cycling Alliance
Patrick Torrent – Executive director of the Catalan Tourism Agency
11:00
COFFEE BREAK + NETWORKING
11:30
Parallel session 1:

Thematic axis 2: EuroVelo network in Southern and Eastern Europe – In colaboration with Agència Catalana de Turisme, Comunitat Valenciana, Costa Cálida – Región de Múrcia and Junta de Andalucía

13:00
LUNCH + NETWORKING
14:00
Parallel session 2:

Thematic axis 2: Infrastructures, innovation and digitalization – In colaboration with Agència Catalana de Turisme, Comunitat Valenciana, Costa Cálida – Región de Múrcia and Junta de Andalucía

15:30
COFFEE BREAK + NETWORKING
16:00
Plenary session 2: The resilience of cycling destinations
Auditorio
ModeratorEd Lancaster, Director of EuroVelo
Xavier Perpinyà, Director of La Molina
Catia Chiusaroli, Sustainable Mobility Urban Plan Coordinator, Metropolitan City of Bologna

Ward Seegers, Project coordinator at Visit Limburg (Belgium)

16:45
Plenary session 3: The future of Tourism
Auditorio
Nagore Espinosa, CEO of IN2destination, Vice President of INRouTe and Expert Consultant for the UNWTO
17:30
Closure of the Conference
Auditorio
Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists

Xavier Flores, General Director of Infraestructures and Mobility, Generalitat de Catalunya

20:30
EuroVelo Conference Dinner

Place: Shôko Barcelona – Restaurant & Lounge Beach Club, Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 36, 08005 Barcelona

Video abstracts

Throughout the day of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2021, video communications can be viewed in Room 3 of the Axa Auditorium.

7th October 2021

08:30 – 13:30
Technical visits
The official language of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2021 is English.
A simultaneous translation service into Catalan, Spanish and English will be available for those sessions taking place in the Auditorium.