Targeting integration and development policies in the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Mariani Routes and religious tourism in the southern Salento

Adriapol Institute participated July 11, 2015, at the international conference on religious tourism in Carpignano Salento, organized under the program of European Territorial Cooperation Greece-Italy "Piltour".

Innovation as a tool for fostering the attractiveness, competitiveness and connection of the Adriatic and Ionian Region, and the strategic role of capacity building are the main topics of the conference "Targeting Integration and Development Policies in the Adriatic and Ionian Region: Balkans 2020 Toolkits" organized by Molise Region, at the EX-GIL Palace in Campobasso on 25 May 2015, in the framework of AdriGov, a European project of territorial cross-border cooperation co-financed by the IPA Adriatic CBC Programme 2007-2013. The conference, divided in two main topical panels, was introduced and moderated by Francesco Cocco, Secretary General of AIE and AdriGov Project Coordinator. The keynote speeches were delivered by Simona Iammarino, Head of Department of Geography & Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science, by Angelo Marino, Head of Unit, Security Research of Research Executive Agency (REA), European Commission, by Esmeralda Hasani, Adriapol Institute for Smart and Creative Director and by representatives of institutions and organizations of this specific area.

"Mariani Routes and religious tourism in the southern Salento" was the title of the international conference. Organized under the program of European Territorial Cooperation Greece - Italy "Piltour", compared international experts. The meeting was helded in the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Grotto, and started at 9 am with greetings of municipal authorities to presenters and participants.

Attended by professors from the University of Marin Barleti, Esmeralda Hasani, University of Tirana, Teuta Starova, University of Salento, Eugenio Imbriani and scholars of the territory, the main topic was to explore in all the aspects, cultural, historical, tourist, economic and the opportunities that the European projects can have for the development of tourism. Mr. Esmeralda Hasani stressed the need of collaboration in the field of European project, as an opportunity to develop the religious tourism.

The project aims to enhance a great and rich artistic and cultural heritage of a religious nature that becomes a source of economic recovery and local development.

In the program, the City of Carpignano Salentino was present as a partner with the Italian towns of Zollino and Calimera and the Greek municipality of Metsovo and Pogoni, leader of the initiative with the Public Agency for Culture, Environment, Youth and Sport of the Municipality Ioannina.