Valuable further development in relation to quality can only occur if there is a constant face-to-face exchange of thoughts and experience. Cooperation among members in different sectors and the two annual International Hiking Village Symposia promote on-going reflection and further development across the entire group, thus helping it grow into a community
The term “symposium” is Greek in origin and means something along the lines of “convivial discussion”. Building on this definition, the word symposium has developed over time and is now used for academic conferences
In our case, the word has come to life to create a platform for European Hiking Villages. The continually growing hiking villages throughout Europe bring a different perspective to the tourism sector, which can further expand our own fixed views. The European Hiking Symposium makes it possible to exchange experience, gather new ideas and look behind the scenes.
The 8th European Hiking Symposium was held at the base of the legendary Streif racing piste in Kitzbühel. Nestled between the Kitzbüheler Horn and Hahnenkamm mountains, we sought out answers to the question of how we can rediscover nature and make it visible again in a digital world, so that we can continue to attract guests and inspire them.
The networking day was packed with stimulating impulse lectures, interesting discussions and exciting news from the digital world, as well as new looks for nature on your doorstep.
Next to Jan Schubert (Tourism Director – Pfronten Tourismus) and Matthias Gamper (Hotelier Eagle’s Nest Schnalstal) Stefan Leitner (photographer for nature, landscape and tourism) as well as many other speakers found their way to Kitzbühel.
The practical day started with a lecture on how a new guiding idea and its consequences lead to a new understanding of the landscape. It continued with a ride on the Hahnenkammbahn to the summit station.
In addition to brief keynote presentations, among others by the President of TVB Kitzbühel, Signe Reisch, the view over the Kitzbühel Alps could be enjoyed. After the exciting visit of the start house, the hike continued along the Streif to the finish area.
The 9th Euopean hiking symposium is planned for October 2019.
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