• Moving forward to a destinations-centred COOPROUTE

    Several cooperatives across Europe are offering a sustainable and innovative tourism experience. In 2014, CECOP, together with other cooperative organisations, local authorities and entities from all around Europe, launched the European route of Cooperative Culture, known as the Cooproute, in order to make people aware of these initiatives. Cooproute groups together cooperatives and museums all around Europe: they preserve local cultural and industrial heritage while promoting the history and values of the cooperative movement.

    “The purpose of Cooproute has been always to show... continue

  • Travel co-ops and the rise of sustainable tourism

    Almost 25 years since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro first floated the idea of sustainable tourism, it is clear to world leaders that a fundamental change is needed in the way we approach the whole concept of travel. This is one of the reasons why 2017 has been designated by the UN as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

    Bodies like UN’s World Tourism Organisation are doing their best to help change the lives of local communities, but as tourist demands grow, it is increasingly recognised... continue

  • Cooperatives for the European Cultural Heritage, this was the topic of an event hosted by the European Parliament

    The cooperative model was highlighted by eminent experts and policy makers as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe, at the event “The cooperative model for a sustainable development of the European Cultural Heritage”, hosted by the European Parliament on February 8th 2017.

    “Culture create bridges and should be put at the heart of European policies”. This is how Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and coordinator of the Committee on Culture and Education, opened her speech calling for stronger support and promotion of cooperative... continue

  • Cooperatives included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural assets

    UNESCO has added cooperatives to the list of intangible cultural assets. Cooperatives are among the sixteen new entries added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The decision was adopted by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place on 2 December in Ethiopia.

    The list of intangible heritage now includes the idea and practice of organising shared interests in co-operatives. The list describes cooperative as entities that “allow for community building through shared interests and values creating... continue

  • Cooproute at the World Social Tourism Congress

    The Secretary General of CECOP, Bruno Roelants is participating today in the World Social Tourism Congress organised by the International Social Tourism Organisation ISTO - OITS in Zagreb from 18 to 21 October 2016.

    "Given its potential, tourism should develop its capacity to generate benefits for the whole society in fields such as employment, wealth generation, culture, sustainability and environment. Thanks to their enterprise model, Cooproute destinations are already offering a sustainable and innovative... continue

  • Today is #WorldTourismDay!

    Thanks to their enterprise model, cooperatives represent an important source of inspiration for a more responsible and people-centered tourism! Several cooperatives all around Europe are already offering a sustainable and innovative tourism experience.

    Today on World Tourism Day Cooproute destinations want to remind how the cooperatives and museums that you can explore here offer a sustainable and innovative tourist experience all around Europe!

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  • July, 2nd: The 2016 International Co-operative Day

    “If Cooperatives were a State, they would be in G8 Summit, representing third highest populated country in the world”. In this way Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane (the Italian co-operatives alliance) comments on the International Day of Co-operatives, celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. Its aim is to increase awareness on co-operatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. The International Day also aims to strengthen and extend partnerships between the international... continue

  • Rochdale SOUP

    Earlier this year the Rochdale Pioneers Museum held a stakeholders meeting which included individuals from the trustees, the Co-operative Heritage Trust, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and volunteers.

    Throughout this meeting it was discussed how to improve our standing within the local community. We, as a museum have been very passive of recent and this was evidenced by the fact that Elena Rowe, the Resilience Project Co-ordinator with Jordan over the course of a couple of days went into Rochdale Town Centre and asked locals about the museum and where it was. The results showed that... continue

  • SCOP Ardelaine, actively promoting the COOPROUTE project

    Invited by Mr Christophe Moreux, director of territorial policies (AFCCRE) and Mrs. Sybille Diterich, in charge of Europe, International Relations and Cooperation (DERIC) at the regional delegation in Brussels, Beatrice Barras, head of SCOP Ardelaine, shared her experience regarding her participation in the COOPROUTE project to 180 participants as part of a day organized by the Region "Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes on the EUROPEAN PROGRAMS TOURIST projects.

    As a touristic site with a couple of museums, a library-café, a shop and a welcoming 20,000 visitors annually restaurant, the SCOP... continue

  • Biciclot gets bigger with Can Picó

    The Cooproute member Biciclot, a bike recycling cooperative that works with people in need and offer bike tours for groups of 4 to 40 people in Barcelona, is getting bigger, thanks to the City Council support.

    The Ada Colau´s Administration is concentrating in Biciclot one of its main projects for the city in Social Economy Issues and bike issues. They are constructing Can Picó, a bicycle “hub” -as they call it-, with an initial fund of 200.000 Euros.

    The money goes in part to make the proper renewal of... continue