Programme

Read more about the programme of each day and the session topics by clicking on the plus symbol.

We are currently defining the final programme of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2023. Please consult this page regularly for updates on speakers and sessions. 

Accordion Content
13:00 – 17:00
EuroVelo General Meeting (only for National EuroVelo Coordination Centres)
18:00
Welcome Reception
 TGA and ECF invite everyone attending the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2023 to a cosy get-together at the Historical Gas Factory. Over refreshing drinks and snacks, you will have the opportunity to chat with fellow cyclists, share ideas and make new contacts. The evening welcome reception is the ideal occasion to get to know and reacquaint yourself with exhibitors, speakers and other visitors to the conference in an informal setting. 
18.30 – 20.00 Registration at the Swisshotel Grand Efes İzmir
19.00 – 20.30 Welcome Reception at izmir Historical Coal Gas Factory

The second day of the Conference takes place at Swissotel Büyük Efes in Izmir for a full day of exciting sessions and debates. Inspired by the theme ‘Cycling: A new perspective on heritage’, it encourages participants to consider the role of cycling in shaping cultural and natural heritage and boosts debate on best practices and innovative approaches.

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Delegates are invited to collect their name badge and enjoy a coffee in the exhibition hall before the Conference programme starts.

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A few welcome words from the organisers to start the Conference.

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What better way to launch a full day of lively exchanges and insightful presentations than a lively discussion on the Conference’s theme! Two inspiring keynote speakers will share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on cycling as the best way to make the most of a destination’s heritage. A dynamic and outside-of-the-box session sets the pace of an exciting and packed programme.

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There is clear momentum for cycling tourism. To ensure that its growth is continued, sustainable and backed by investments, cycling tourism must be brought to the political agenda at national and international levels with stronger commitment and determination than ever before. This panel will discuss the politics of cycling tourism with high-level representatives.

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Cycling tourism products often take advantage of heritage by promoting it from a two wheels perspective. What can be learned from successful experiences? What ideas can be shared? This fast-paced, lively session brings several best practices and ideas to the table.

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How can cycling infrastructure give access to natural areas without adding pressure on biodiversity and ecosystems? Examples from several countries will help shape the debate on enhancing natural heritage for cycling tourism purposes and protecting nature and its ecosystems.

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In the quest to make cycling a part of everyone’s life, it is crucial to motivate new cyclists and young people to join the community. How marketing strategies and targeted activities can help? This panel offers insights across Europe, comparing and exchanging perspectives.

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Guidebooks, TV shows, games, apps… There are plenty of ways to link bicycle practice with the promotion of heritage, especially locally, and to invite users to explore a destination by bike. This interactive session explores examples from across Europe and is sure to inspire cycling tourism professionals to communicate cycling and heritage in innovative and curious ways.

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Without proper services to meet the needs of cyclists, they will simply pass by heritage sites without stopping! High-quality services are crucial to make the perfect match between heritage and cycling tourism a reality. The session will discuss experiences and perspectives from different countries and backgrounds.

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A successful cycle route network connects the main attractions of a destination and other means of transport in a direct, attractive and safe way. How to plan a cycle route network? From densely populated cities to rural areas, several infrastructure parameters must be considered to fit the users’ needs, be them daily commuters, cycling tourists, or leisure cyclists. The session will present best practices and share common challenges.

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Cycling can be an obvious choice when the infrastructure, the services or the culture consider it as such. If that is the case, people will just cycle. But when it is not the case, many barriers can prevent users to jump on a bike. From an anthropologist’s point of view, how can we better understand the decisions made by tourists and locals, their needs, and encourage them to adopt sustainable practices? What is needed from destination managers, tourism experts and businesses to inspire new cyclists? This keynote is sure to open your eyes to new perspectives.

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The final plenary session looks at the future of cycling tourism, mapping out the relevant trends in the sector and reflecting on the opportunities for sustained growth within the EuroVelo network and beyond. Based on data and successful examples, our speakers will discuss new forms of cycling tourism, but also solid and lasting trends, and the role of heritage in the future of our sector.

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Wrapping up the event with the announcement of the next host city of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference.

18.30 – 20.00 Registration at the Swisshotel Grand Efes İzmir
19.00 – 20.30 Welcome Reception at izmir Historical Coal Gas Factory
19:00
All participants are invited to a dinner in the scenic Agora of Izmir. Between columns and archaeological ruins, discover one of the most impressive locations of ancient Smyrna for an unforgettable sunset and seated dinner. The historical centre of public and social life is the perfect setting to enjoy the renowned Turkish hospitality and cuisine, and continue networking and exchanging ideas on cycling tourism and beyond.
18.30 – 20.00 Registration at the Swisshotel Grand Efes İzmir
19.00 – 20.30 Welcome Reception at izmir Historical Coal Gas Factory
9:00 – 13:00
Technical visit to EuroVelo 8 in Izmir
 

After a full day of sessions and debates, a technical visit will take place. Participants will explore Izmir’s cycling infrastructure in a dense urban area that is also a holiday destination. 

Lunch will be kindly offered to all technical visit participants. Visit the dedicated page for more information.

15:00 – 17:00
Optional afternoon programme: Tour of Türkiye stage finish

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