The island leads the project which aims to create astrotourism routes in the different participating European nations
This week Tenerife is hosting the first meeting of EUSky Route, the European project funded by the European Commission and granted by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, which aims to create astrotourism routes in the participating countries. .As well as Tenerife, the other seven partner institutions in the initiative are Poland, Italy (two members), Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece and Spain.
The Cabildo , through Turismo de Tenerife, is leading this pioneering project in Europe.
“It will bring new possibilities for leisure and active tourism, economic development and job creation through the revaluation of astronomical heritage and associated resources to further enhance the destination’s diversification from the sun, sea and sand model, ” says the president of the island government, Carlos Alonso.
The CEO of Turismo de Tenerife, Miguel Ángel Santos, stresses the quality of Tenerife’s night sky, “confirmed by the recent granting of the Starlight Certification to Teide and Tenerife’s peaks, and the fact that we have the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics and the observatories at Izaña where prestigious national and international scientists are working.”
EUSky Route envisages the design of sky watching and star gazing routes in participating regions for different target groups, such as families, groups of friends or older people. It also aims to incorporate new professional profiles to cultural tourism and promote the development of a mobility scheme based on sustainability and respect for the environment.
The drive not only includes tourism and astronomical bodies and institutions but those of a social or economic nature which will foster an integral approach to the project and will include the input of the experience of each one in their respective fields.
Taking part with Tenerife Tourism, the coordinator of the EUSky Route drive, are the National Astrophysics Institute of Cagliari (INAF) and the Institute of Regional Economic Trends (TENDER ), both from Italy; the Institute for Social Development of Lisbon (IDS ) from Portugal, the Centre for Science and Museum of Technology of Thessaloniki (NOESIS) from Greece, consultancy firm Gantcho Popov (GPOPOV) from Bulgaria , the Regional Tourism Organization of Subcarpathia (PROT) from Poland and the Valencia Agency of Tourism (AVT) from Spain.
The group arrived on the island yesterday [January 27]. A series of intense work sessions has followed, which have continued to today and have included a visit to the Teide National Park, the Izaña Observatory telescopes and stargazing in the evening.
During the meetings an agenda has been outlined for the different activities to be developed for creating the astronomy routes within the next 18 months. During this period, members of the project will resolve issues such as funding and technical resources and available infrastructure and those that need to be created; designing tour packages and their contents according to traveller behaviour and market circumstances as well as the involvement of the other participants.