While WWI tourism is one way of preserving heritage and its history, it should also allow for meaningfulness and reflection. Stefaan Gheysen (Director General Westtoer), Stephen Lodewyck (Programme coordinator Centenary of the Great War) and Koen Defour (Researcher Westtoer Knowledge Centre) explain how the Westtoer team achieved this in remembrance tourism (2014-2018) during the Travelling to Tomorrow summit on 12 and 13 September 2019 in Bruges.
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Jenny Andersson had a great opportunity to talk about the potential of regenerative tourism with three leading lights of the industry; leading speaker Anna Pollock, marketing director of Visit Flanders Elke Dens, and Tina O’Dwyer, head of The Tourism Space in Ireland.
Rob Hopkins is best known as the founder of the Transition Network, a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating resilient societies powered by community-based imagination and locally generated energy. Since forming the Transition Town Network in Tones, England in 2005, Rob has witnessed and nourished several thousand initiatives in over 40 countries and has also overseen the development of numerous practical tools to assist communities in becoming better equipped to shape their own destiny.