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Theme unveiled and Call for abstracts open for the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2024

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
ECF and the City of Viborg are happy to announce ‘Legacy and Localhood’ as the theme of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2024, taking place in Viborg, Denmark, from 23 to 25 September. A Call for abstracts is open and will help build an enticing programme.

The 2024 edition of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference will be hosted in the city of Viborg, in the centre of the Danish Jutland peninsula, from 23 to 25 September. The city is located on EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route and represents a key meeting point on the ancient road Hærvejen. This year’s goal is putting the focus on people: this is why the Conference theme will be ‘Legacy and Localhood’.

EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2024 logo
EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2024 logo

Cycling is a way of life in Denmark and the 2022 Tour de France Grand Départ contributed to the Danish economy, society and cycling practice. By exploring the topic of Legacy, the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2024 reflects on the impact that cycling events and the valorisation of local heritage for tourism purposes can have on the economy, the local community, and the use of the bicycle overall.

Localhood is a key Danish concept. In tourism, it means involving the locals in creating a more valuable experience for the visitor. There are several ways to involve the locals in cycling and cycling tourism, including volunteering and original ways that Viborg is keen to explore as a UNESCO Creative City. With Localhood, we wish to understand how the relationship between the local community and the development of cycling tourism is essential for multiplying positive impacts.

Together with the main theme, three subthemes have been selected by the International Programme Committee:

  • Cycling towards local development – focusing on the quality of cycle routes and services, as well as business models and data
  • Engaging the locals – making the local communities ambassadors of cycling and EuroVelo through events and innovation
  • Widening the horizon of cycling tourism – exploring the diversity of cycling (tourism) and the impact of large events.

The programme is defined based on the call for abstracts around the main theme, its subthemes and a set of priority topics. An international reviewing team help us identify the best contributions to ensure the high quality of the programme.

Read the detailed description of the theme, subthemes and priority topics on the Conference website and don't miss your chance to be part of an enticing programme.

Call for abstracts

Professionals and academics in the field are warmly invited to contribute to the programme of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2024 by submitting an abstract by 9 April 2024, 23:59 CEST.

Presenting an abstract has many benefits, including showcasing the ideas and best practices to an international audience of 300+ professionals in the cycling and tourism sectors, including public bodies, businesses and non-profit organisations; increasing awareness and enlarging the network, as well as receiving feedback and meeting new partners to develop a concept.

Submit an abstract via the Conference website and do not forget to consult the Guide document before the submission.

We look forward to receiving your abstract!

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