XI European Mountain Convention on ”Cultural Heritage as an Engine for Creativity, Innovation and Socioeconomic Development of Mountain areas”

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The XI European Mountain Convention will be organized on 25-27 September 2018 in Vatra Dornei, Romania, by Euromontana in collaboration with the Agency for Mountain Areas (AZM, Romania).

It will focus on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in mountain areas and on how this strategic resource, inherited from the past, can be a key asset for developing sustainable and attractive mountain areas in the future.

It will enhance the role of European mountain areas, their communities and their cultural heritage in addressing the challenges of the future, disclosing larger perspectives and creating new opportunities.

During this European Mountain Convention, mountain actors, being, researchers, policy-makers, officers of development agencies, farmers, tourism actors, practitioners will:

  • Have an overview of strategies to better valorize cultural heritage in mountain areas particularly in the context of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage;
  • Explore responses/actions of mountain actors to enhance cultural heritage in mountain areas and benefit from opportunities, and facilitate exchange of ideas between mountain stakeholders so that they can compare, improve and transfer good practices at regional and local levels;
  • Develop a cultural heritage strategy for Euromontana with a lobbying strategy and an action plan to implement in the coming years at EU, national, regional and local levels.

The draft agenda is available in English here  – in French and in Romanian.

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    ​The conference will take place at Inverness Town House and the conference programme is available to view here. Please note it is still a draft at this early stage but it will be updated regularly. 

    Early Bird rates are £215 if booked before 1 April 2019. This will increase to £250 from 2 April 2019. For PhD students, the fee is £180. This includes a civic reception at Inverness Town House on the evening of the 17th, and a gala dinner on the 18th which will be held at the Glen Mhor Hotel on the banks of the River NessPlease complete the booking form below before purchasing your tickets.

    ​We have secured a deal for student accommodation at the new UHI campus for the reasonable rate of £60 per night for a single en-suite room including wifi. The UHI campus is out of town with good bus links, and is approximately a 10-15 minute drive away by car to the city centre. Take a look at their fantastic rooms and please email if you would like to book a room for the duration of the conference.

    If you are looking for accommodation in the heart of Inverness we have also secured a group booking deal for accommodation at Inverness Pentahotelwhich is centrally located, with comfortable guest rooms, free Wifi, use of a 24-hour gym, and includes a buffet breakfast. A special rate of £169 per night is available if booked by 3 May 2019 and you will need to quote 'REC19' when booking either by phone: 01463 228850, or by email. You can also choose to upgrade to a 'penta plus' room for an additional £10 per night. We advise you to book as soon as possible as there are only 20 rooms secured at this price.

    ​There are some city centre budget hotel options too and if you book early you can get some good deals - Travelodge Inverness City Centre and Premier Inn River Ness are all within walking distance of the conference venue and both relatively new. Or if you want to explore more accommodation options have a look at the national tourist board website - VisitScotland