The European Commission awarded the 10 winning destinations of the first phase of the project "European Destinations of Excellence", at the end of very challenging and tight competitions among hundreds of candidates. The broad aim of this initiative is twofold to draw attention to the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations; and to promote destinations where the economic growth objective is pursued in such a way as to ensure the social, cultural and environmental sustainability of tourism. The Awards Ceremony was held in the framework of the 6th European Tourism Forum where the European Commission launched its strategy to foster sustainable and competitive tourism in Europe. Ministers for Tourism from the EU and European tourism authorities participated in the forum to discuss how to improve competitiveness by managing resources and waste, and by taking care of the natural and cultural heritage.
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||General view of the audience at the Awards Ceremony (2 shots)
||General view of the stage with Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry (2 shots)
||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that EDEN promotes the specific characteristics of European destinations and offers particular support to those where competitive tourism is developped as to ensure social, cultural and environmental sustainability
||EC Spokesperson (in ENGLISH) on Pielachtal (Austrian awarded valley); saying that it used to be a valley without industry, now is the valley of sustainability and health
||Günter Verheugen handing over the award to the Austria valley of Pilachtal (3 shots)
||Günter Verheugen handing over the award to the district of Sveti Martin na Muri in Croatia (3 shots)
||Video presenting the region of Troodos in Cyprus
||Günter Verheugen handing over the award to Troodos area in Cyprus (2 shots)
||Group photo with all the winners (3 shots)