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In 2016 Georgia became 27th Member State of the Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes.
The agreement reinforces the member states to participate in the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme and to implement the guidelines of the agreement. In response to this, Board on Strategic Development and Certification of Cultural Routes of Georgia has been established, as a multidisciplinary, advisory body of the Ministry, which supports the participation of Georgia in Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme and also, the development of local cultural routes. There are representatives of different Governing bodies in the board.

According to the approved criteria and terms of the competition, the National Board will stimulate the development of new projects, which are committed to enhance the history, memory, identity, heritage, cultural traditions and cultural diversity of Georgia; also, to create new initiatives and innovative projects in the field of cultural tourism and sustainable development of culture; to develop new tourism products for different groups of society and to promote the existing ones in active collaboration with travel agencies, cultural and tourism operators.

The aim of the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia and the National Board is to collect the scattered information about existing cultural routes, also to support the development of new cultural routes and to raise the interest to get involved in international cultural routes, such as Council of Europe Cultural Routes. The Ministry holds intensive meetings and consultations with different stakeholders.

Georgia is already actively cooperating with some of Council of Europe Certified Cultural Routes, such as “Iter Vitis”, “The European Route of Jewish Heritage”, “European Route of Historical Thermal Towns” and “Prehistoric Rock Art Trails”.
See the link on the Council of Europe Cultural Routes web-site about Georgia.
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Cultural Routes of Georgia

Application form for Cultural Routes of Georgia and the Criterias for Certification