European Tourism Day 2011, this year dedicated to our unique Industrial Heritage, included a session by EGWA President, Gilbert Perrin, who spoke about “Regenerating disused infrastructures for traffic-free tourism”.
He illustrated very clearly how the transformation of former railway lines into greenways is the most effective way to preserve our railway heritage and for utilising it for tourism, which has very positive repercussions for local economic development.
The European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) Awards were presented in conjunction with European Tourism Day 2011. We would like to highlight the prize awarded to the Great Western Greenway in Ireland for the transformation of a disused railway line into a greenway; it provides a fantastic example of the regeneration of industrial heritage. The Great Western Greenway has now joined EGWA