Last Friday 24 March, The Empordanet (Catalonia) was nominated “Creative Friendly Destination” by the Creative Tourism Network®.
Under the name “Visit Empordanet”, the municipalities of la Bisbal d’Empordà, Forallac, Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l’Heura, Corçà i Ullastret and have created a program of creative tourism as part of their strategic plan for the local economic development, in order to make more visible the tourist offer linking tourism and crafts, within the international markets. And it is true that the Empordanet has all the ingredients to attract creative tourists from all over the world.
As underlined by un the director of the Creative Tourism Network®, Caroline Couret, “beyond its natural beauty, the Empordanet area owns tangible and intangible cultural assets to become a creative tourism destination, as well as the voluntee and vision to clearly position the destination in this growing segment worldwide. “
In fact, both the official presentation as well as the training that was held the day before, gathered a large number of artisans, artists, comercians, farmers and the general public interested in joining this project.
The closing ceremony was presided by the Director General of Tourism of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Mr. Octavi Bono, who congratulated the initiative that links creativity, tourism, and the desire to collaborate five municipalities. Bono concluded that they are “perfect three vertices of a triangle that can give all the momentum you are looking at this area for tourism.”
The presentation had fifty participants, including the head of the Consortium of Commerce Crafts, Crafts and Fashion of Catalonia, the Director of Tourism of Costa Brava, the director of the Public Service Employment in Catalonia, the mayors of La Bisbal and the surrounding municipalities, representatives of associations, organizations and companies related to tourism and handicrafts of the region.
The event ended with a decorative ceramic mural by the authorities and attendees, accompanied by students from the first grade vocational ceramic training carried out at the premises of the School of Ceramics La Bisbal Emporda. In the coming days, a piece of the mural will be given to each of the governments participating in the project as a souvenir of the event.