• Rochdale Pioneers Museum in the top ten destinations, according to TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the most popular Rochdale destinations and the #Cooproute location, Rochdale Pioneers Museum, is the 5th place. 

    The review says: "We visited here with my two kids (1.5yr old & 3yrs). As soon as we enters kids found the sensory baskets and wheelbarrows and settled in! Staff were helpful and friendly (definitely showing cooperative values), the museum has been done up really nicely. This is one of the best museums for kids we’ve visited, they loved the shop activities on top floor. All kids activities were... continue

  • The European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship showcases Cooproute

    Cooperatives and social enterprises from several European countries and representatives from the European Union met for the fourth time in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to participate in the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This event combining a fair, conferences and workshops is co-organised by CECOP and the National Union of Worker and Production Cooperatives of Bulgaria.

    The Vicepresident of CECOP Manuel Mariscal participated at the conference "Entrepreneurship for growth and jobs" and CECOP set up its own stand at the fair where Cooproute was... continue

  • Cooproute, building European heritage


    Today Cooproute, the European Route of Cooperative Culture, has been presented in Brussels, the capital of the continent where the cooperative movement was born in 1844, near Manchester.   As a key sector of the European economy[1] which easily connects European citizens, tourism represents a very effective sector to enhance the European heritage. “Meeting tourists, cooperatives can easily transmit their culture and values, which play a key role in building the European society. Supporting Cooproute is an opportunity we offer to enrich our citizens through the... continue

  • 24/02 - How to promote sustainable tourist experiences through the European route of cooperative culture?

    Tourism is one of the largest socioeconomic activities in Europe. Given its potential, it should develop its capacity to generate benefits for the whole society in fields such as employment, sustainable wealth generation, culture, environment etc. What’s the added value of cooperatives involved in tourist activities in terms of local development? How do they promote the European cultural and industrial heritage?

    On 24th February (9am – 1pm), concrete cooperative experiences from Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, together with eminent experts, will answer to... continue

  • Cooperative buildings hit the headlines

    Over the summer the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, one of the sites of Cooproute, invited people to submit a photograph of their favourite cooperative building to be included in the Coopography exhibition. The photographs included current or former cooperative stores, factories and even cooperative housing from the UK but also a cooperative hotel in Italy and a cooperative basket making factory in France.

    The exhibition opened on 8th November and will run until 28th February 2015. It can be visited during Museum opening hours.

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  • Green Economy & coops: a place for tourism?

    A report recently published by the Andalusian Federation of Worker Cooperatives (FAECTA) in Spain provide evidence that the green economy offers new business opportunities and job creation for worker cooperatives in this region, including sustainable tourism. The study reflects that the philosophy behind the green economy (equitable distribution of wealth, equity and economic justice; intergenerational equity; sustainable production and consumption; redefinition of welfare; gender equality, etc.) matches with the cooperative DNA, especially in rural areas.

    This link between... continue

  • SAVE THE DATE: Cooproute conference in Brussels

    Save the date for the event "How to promote sustainable tourism experiences through the European Route of Cooperative Culture" to be held in Brussels (Belgium) on 24 February (9am - 1pm), organised by CECOP-CICOPA Europe in partnership with the Government of Catalonia.

    CECOP-CICOPA Europe, in partnership with other cooperative organisations, local authorities and entities from all around Europe, has designed Cooproute, the innovative transnational itinerary of cooperative culture. This route gathers a number of cooperatives and museums all around Europe offering a... continue

  • Key Challenges for the Future of European Tourism

    The European Commission celebrated the European Tourism Day through an open discussion about the future of tourism, towards stronger competitiveness and sustainable growth in Europe. Public Authorities at EU, national and regional level, European Sector Associations, representatives of the Industry and other stakeholders were invited to debate key topics such as digitalization, the "Destination(s) Europe" Brand, a better regulatory framework and governance.

    At that occasion, the MEP István Ujhelyi stressed on the importance of tourism to be a focus point of the European... continue

  • Cooperatives, boosting local wealth and social cohesion through sustainable jobs and activities

    On the European Tourism Day, CECOP, the European confederation of cooperatives active in industry and services wishes to stress the socio-economic development power of more than 8,000 enterprises[1] (18% of our network) active in tourism-related activities. What makes their contribution so special? Worker and social cooperatives belonging to the CECOP network, as participative and democratic enterprises rooted in the territory, have a strong community embeddedness and a proven capacity to contribute to local wealth and social cohesion through sustainable jobs and activities.

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