The Creative Tourism Network® had the honor to speak within the Forum on Creative Tourism organized last March 2d by the Municipality of Gabrovo, in collaboration with the cities of Sofia, Troyan, Veliko Tarnovo et Plovdiv .
The event, headed by the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, Mr. Luben Kanchev and the Mayor of Gabrovo Mrs. Tania Venkova Hristova, gathered experts and practitionners from 12 contries, from Colombia to Thailand, passing through Spain, Austria, Sweden the UK, and of course, Bulgaria, among others (*see below).
They all agreed that these bulgarian cities own a high potential to promote very diverse but complementary tourism segments.
The creative tourism is one of them that fits with the presence of both intangible heritage and creative industries.
As Mrs. Tania Venkova Hristova highlighted, the Carnival of Gabrovo or events like the Festival of the Humour are new purposes of travel that enrich the already existing offer of crafts and folks activities, for which the cities has been awarded as a Creative City by the UNESCO.
In this sense, the Creative Tourism Network® also officially recognized the city of Gabrovo as a Creative Friendly Destination® for its assets in terms of cultural and creative ressources, as well as for its proactive engagement to create an eco-system between the tourism and other sectors like the culture and education among others.
This was also the opportunity for the experts as well as for tour operators and journalists to participate in a creative trip through the cities of Gabrovo, Sofia, Troyan, Veliko Tarnovo et Plovdiv and discover this way the experiences they offer to the new generation of travelers eager to paticipate in authentic and unique activities.