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EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2025 – Call for bids!

Monday, October 9, 2023
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is looking for a city/region to host the 2025 edition of Europe’s leading cycling tourism conference. Could it be you? Apply by 31 January 2024.

The EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference is the professional event that fosters the growing interest in cycling and sustainable tourism, and explores what the future holds for these sectors. It aims to inform, inspire and connect on EuroVelo, cycling tourism and cycle route networks.

ECF co-organises the EuroVelo Conferences with a host city or region, in order to reach and involve a diverse range of stakeholders who are involved in the cycling and tourism sectors. EuroVelo – the European cycle route network – provides the framework for the main discussions as a European success story and an accelerator for active and sustainable travel.

Who can apply?

The next host city/region of the leading conference on EuroVelo and cycling tourism should:

  • Be located on a EuroVelo route
  • Be keen to show and promote its work on cycle route networks and cycling tourism to an international audience, thereby raising its profile
  • Aspire to deliver a 3-day high-quality event with around 300-400 delegates (depending on domestic interest) thanks to an enthusiastic team ready to work with ECF’s EuroVelo Management Team
  • Aim to lead in developing sustainable tourism and aspire to realise a long-term strategy for cycling tourism.
EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2025 bid timeline
EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2025 bid timeline

Why host the EuroVelo Conference 2025?

There are several benefits of hosting the EuroVelo Conference 2025. The key ones are:

Boost cycling and cycling tourism developments

Hosting a EuroVelo Conference should be integrated into a strategy to improve cycling, sustainable tourism and cycling tourism. All cities/regions that have hosted the conference have benefitted by developing their provision for cycling tourism around the event. Working on the conference has also proven to be a good way to grow productive working relationships between the city/region, cycling and tourism stakeholders.

Increase international visibility of the city/region as a cycling destination

As a key event in the cycling tourism field, the conference helps raise awareness and enhance the reputation of the city/region and even the country as a cycling tourism destination. It generates added value in terms of international prestige by attracting renowned speakers, opinion leaders, and media in the fields of cycling, tourism and beyond.

Enhance public support

The publicity generated by the EuroVelo Conference can also help the city/region raise awareness and present the benefits that their cycling policies and accomplishments provide to their citizens, businesses and others. This could lead to enhanced public support for further pro-cycling measures.

Economic benefits

The EuroVelo Conference promotes and publicises the host city/region by attracting visitors and boosting the local economy. In order to maximise these benefits, tourist and convention bureaus should be involved in the bidding process.

How to apply?

ECF invites all European cities or regions committed to shaping a better future through cycling and sustainable tourism to bid for EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2025. The bidding procedure is now open until 31 January 2024.

To know more and receive the complete bid documentation, please contact Maria Scandurra at [email protected].

We look forward to submissions and expressions of interest!