Within the International Forum for Responsible Tourism, at its 5th edition, Iris Constantin, NCR UNESCO expert, gave a presentation on the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was developed to promote cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development in order to: • strengthen the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of cultural activities, goods and services; • develop creativity and innovation hubs and broaden opportunities for people working in the cultural sector • improve access to and participation in cultural life, especially for marginalized or vulnerable groups • integrate culture and creativity into sustainable development plans.
The Network covers 7 creative areas: Crafts and Folk Art, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.
The International Forum for Responsible Tourism (FITR), organized by the Amphitheater Foundation, brought to the public 29 speakers who approached diverse themes ranging from personal development to technology, from civic engagement to entrepreneurship, from urban regeneration to creative industries. The central idea of the event was to identify and promote development good practices based on local identity.
The term „responsible tourism” designates that form of tourism based on the valorisation of local identities, experiences and products. Innovation and creativity are the most powerful vector of community development and promotion of natural and anthropogenic resources. The diversity of communities and resources in Romania is a tremendous potential for development. Creative industries and cultural tourism have become strategic capital for the development of local economies.
The FITR’s short-term objective was to bring together the actors involved in the hospitality industry with impact on their communities and representatives of local and central authorities.
The speakers of the 5th edition were: Iris Constantin (NCR UNESCO), Lorena Diaconescu (Association for Education and Health “Mens Sana”), Denissa Voicu (“Timpuri Noi” Civic Initiative Group), Teodora-Alexandra Desagă (Civic Initiative Group for Bragadiru), Oana Preda (Ce-Re), Mariana Arnăutu (World Vision Foundation), Eniko Matyus (Balneoturisitc Transylvania Regional Cluster), Dinu Drog (Incotroceni – People, Ideas, Stories), Iulian Canov (La Firul Ierbii/ Wolfhouse Productions), Adriana Tran (Europass Association), Cătălina Tira (Better Youth Association), Cosmin Dragomir (Gastroart), Nico Lontras (Chef), Cristian Tudor (Microgreens), Nicu Dumitru (University of Bucharest), Alan Clark (Cidru Clarks), Alexander Ott (Fourwood laundry), Gabriel Morin (Zece la Rece), Claudiu Petria (Questo App), Oana Petre (Bucharest City App / Eventur Group), Doru Răduţă (Urban Adventures), Nicoleta Chiriţă (Enel), Bogdan Papuc (Eco Romania Association), Gabriela Tîrlie (Dizainăr), Cecilia Enache (Viadora Group / Experience Romania), Georgiana Cremene (D’Avent / Violoncelul Hub Association Vice President), Mihai Sibianu (People of Romania / Kraft Made).
The International Forum for Responsible Tourism was the focal point of the Cosy Romania Week – a communities sustainable development project of the Amphitheater Foundation, about which you can find out more here.