Finally, the survey dealt with the impact of the Corona pandemic. It has had a major impact on life. Last year, the usability of all cultural offerings was limited or completely discontinued. In this situation, tourist paths and trails as well as visits to towns and villages with their architectural features gained in importance for locals and guests alike. In 2020, individual respondents were more active in the district (e.g. by bicycle) and dedicated more time to history and traditions.
The EU project SPOT (Social and Innovative Platform on Cultural Tourism and its Potentials for Deepening European Rapprochement) is carried out within the framework of the EU funding program Horizon 2020. In the period 2020-2022, case studies from 15 European regions will be examined in a large network. Cultural tourism is understood as a type of travel that combines recreation with getting to know the cultural attractions of the destination regions. Until now, the focus has been set on so-called "high culture" (i.e., opera, theatre, galleries or museums), which is primarily found in cities. Nowadays, rural regions with their personalities, events, sights, (cultural) landscape attractions and historical heritage are increasingly coming into focus. In the Lusatia region, the IOER team is investigating how the unique cultural landscape can be used for tourism and sustainable regional development. The scientists, together with local stakeholders, are also looking for new ways to make cultural tourism economically viable for the surrounding communities. Ideas and strategies that may emerge from this process will be incorporated into the project platform.
Further information on the SPOT project
The article was first published in the "Mitteilungsblatt für das Amt Lieberose/Oberspreewald" (No. 3/2021, Friday, March 5, 2021).