VI European Greenways Conference. 

Greenways, much more than sustainable infrastructure for tourism development. 

Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain) 4 – 5 April 2019 

Palacio de Congresos Europa

Organized by: Basquetour, the European Greenways Association and the Spanish Railways Foundation.

download the program here: English / Spanish / Euskera


DAY 1: 4 April 2019

8:30 – 9:00. Welcome and registration

9:00 – 9:30. Opening speeches

  • Isabel Muela López, Deputy Minister of Trade and Tourism. Basque Government.
  • Giulio Senes, President, European Greenways Association.
  • José Carlos Domínguez Curiel, CEO, Spanish Railways Foundation.

9:30 – 10:30.  Session 1: The Greenways in Regional, National and European Policies and Strategies

Regional development instruments need to make provision for greenways to enable projects to be developed and funded.

    Video Sesion 1 (Original version English or Spanish)

10:30 – 11:50  Session 2: Industrial Heritage and Greenways

The valorization of the industrial heritage sites along the greenways: one objective of greenway infrastructure.

   Video Sesion 2 (Original version English or Spanish)

11:50 – 12:20. Panel discussion

12:20 – 12:50. Brunch: Pintxos (tapas) and networking.

12:50 – 14:10. Session 3: Monitoring and Studies on Greenways and Cycle Tourism

Measuring and monitoring are essential for collecting data on current happenings, return on investments and economic impact, and for formulating criteria for future planning.

   Video Sesion 3 (Original version English or Spanish)

14:10 – 15:00. Session 4: Business Round Table on the Greenways Tourist Product

The participation of the private sector is essential to the development of the tourist product. How can we offer what the tourist wants? Expansion of the electric bike market.

     Video Sesion 4 (Original version English or Spanish)

15:00 – 15:20. Panel discussion

15:30 – 18:30. Technical visit to the Vasco Navarro Railway Greenway.

DAY 2: 5 April 2019

8:30 – 9:00. Welcome and registration

9:00 – 10:00. Session 5: Management and Promotion of Non-Motorized Travel Itineraries

How is a successful itinerary achieved? Best management practices; greenways as much more than infrastructures; information and communications technologies and traditional promotional techniques.

    Video Sesion 5 (Original version English or Spanish)

10:00 – 12:00. Session 6: Mobility, Intermodality and Local Development

Greenways as infrastructure for tourism, for the creation of long-distance travel itineraries as well as everyday mobility.

    Video Sesion 6 (Original version English or Spanish)

12:00 – 12:20. Panel discussion

12:20 – 12:50. Brunch: pintxos (tapas) and networking.

12:50 – 13:50. Session 7: Accessible Tourism and Greenways

Greenways: Pioneers and Models of Tourism for All. A right as well as an important market.

    Video Sesion 7 (Original version English or Spanish)

13:50 –14:15. Session 8: Round Table: Women and Greenways

The gender perspective will be present throughout the conference, and all speakers are urged to ensure that their contributions take this issue into account. Notwithstanding, this round table event will be dedicated specifically to Women and Greenways.

  • Mercedes Muñoz, Director, European Greenways Association
  • Carmen Aycart, Greenways expert and co-founder of the Spanish Greenways initiative
  • Arantxa Hernández, Head of Greenways Area, Spanish Railways Foundation
  • Amaia Barredo, Environment and Town Planning Director at Álava’s Provincial Council.
  • María Jiménez, Director, Vía Verde de La Sierra Foundation

14:15 – 14:30. Closing remarks

Conclusions drawn from the 6th European Greenways Conference. Ainara Rodríguez Zulaica, Coordinator, Bilbao Tourism Departmental Area, Deusto University.

   Video Sesion 8 and Closing remarks (Original version English or Spanish)

14:30. End of conference 

Registration on line HERE

⇒ Free participation, prior registration required

⇒  Language: Spanish/ English with simultaneous translation from / to 

download the program here: English / Spanish / Euskera

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Location: Vitoria - Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain