Reply To: Search for potential partners in gastronomy tourism

Bogdan BirnbaumBogdan Birnbaum

Dear Ms Viskovic,

The City of Venice has gained significant experience in managing more than 150 EU funded projects, both as LP and PP, mostly in the fields of environment and local sustainable development, cultural heritage preservation and valorisation, urban regeneration, social inclusion.

Connected to the subject of this proposal, Venice participated in the Slowfood-CE project ( funded by the Central Europe Programme. Within this project, Venice organised a Venetian Gastronomy Festival – SAOR – to enhance the gastronomic cultural heritage (GCH) of the city and was in charge of developing a strategy for the sustainable promotion and valorisation of food heritage in line with a vision of integrated economic, environmental and social sustainability.

The City of Venice also signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and is one of the members of the Eurocities Working Group on Food.

Currently, the City is participating in two European projects on tourism: S.L.I.D.E.S. (Smart strategies for sustainable tourism in LIvely cultural DEStinations), funded by the Interreg Italy- Croatia Programme, for the promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and Tourism Friendly Cities – URBACT III programme – exploring how tourism can be made sustainable in medium-sized cities. For more information on our projects, see at

We would be glad to have more info about your proposal.

Thank you for your attention.

Best regards,