After months of being locked up at home and participating in online meetings, the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism will provide a much needed opportunity to meet with peers from across Europe (while complying with all relevant safety requirements). There will also be the chance to stretch the legs on one of several technical visits carefully planned to showcase new cycling developments in and around Barcelona.
The EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference brings together professionals involved in developing cycle route networks and the cycling tourism sector, including tourism officials, public authorities, public transport companies, tour operators, universities/academia, accommodation providers, user groups and many more.
These conferences have been held every other year since 2012 to share knowledge, highlight good practices and encourage further development of the EuroVelo network and cycling tourism generally. It is the leading cycle tourism event held in Europe and is promoted by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) together with the host city.
The last opportunity to bring together the cycling tourism community was back in Limburg in 2018. Since then, we have experienced some unpreceded times but the number of cycling tourists has been increasing and we believe that cycling tourism has great potential to contribute to a safe, greener and more inclusive tourism in the future. The conference therefore provides an excellent opportunity to bring together the cycling tourism sector in Barcelona for engaging sessions, lots of networking opportunities and inspiring technical visits!
Bringing together the cycling tourism sector in Barcelona
Besides an enticing programme with thought-provoking sessions featuring experts on a variety of different fields, the participants of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference will have the chance to network with peers from all around Europe working for #MoreCyclingTourism. Not only will it provide an opportunity for the exchange of best practices and possibilities for collaboration, it will also help to refuel your motivation to work for a greener, more inclusive, and healthier future through cycle tourism. You might even get inspiration for your next cycle trip!
The conference will kick-off with a Welcome Drink and some speeches from Henk Swarttouw, ECF President, and representatives of the Catalan Government and Barcelona City – the hosts of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2021. This event will be held in the unique setting of the Royal Shipyards of Barcelona, which now forms the Barcelona Maritime Museum.
On the 6th October, after a full day of engaging sessions with international experts at the AXA Auditorium, the participants of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference will head for with a dinner at Barcelona’s beachfront. In the restaurant Shoko Barcelona – Restaurant & Lounge Beach Club you can enjoy authentic Catalan cuisine. This will be an opportunity for the cycling tourism community to get together and celebrate after a day full of inspiration.
Full delegate participants will have access to bikes to move around from one venue to the other during the conference, and also to discover the city!
Discover first-hand recent developments through thematic technical visits on a bike
On the third day of the conference, the participants of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference will have the opportunity to join one of several bespoke technical visits through some of the most scenic areas of Barcelona. The visits will of course be undertaken by bike and be a great opportunity to see first-hand the developments being made in and around Barcelona (as well as providing a chance to stretch your legs and meet other delegates in an informal setting!). From the Mediterranean Sea along newly signed sections of EuroVelo 8 to the hilltops of Barcelona – choose the one that appeals you the most!
This year, the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference is being organised as part of CICLOBCN21, which incorporates two further congresses dedicated to cycling and numerous side events and activities that continue to the weekend. All told there will be plenty to keep you occupied in Barcelona that week!
The EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference is the leading cycling tourism event held in Europe. Register here for engaging sessions, lots of networking opportunities and inspiring technical visits!