2nd INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF RELIGIOUS TOURISM AND PILGRIMAGES
We are happy to announce that the 2nd International Congress of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimages "Following the Footsteps of the St Faustina Kowalska" will take place in Krakow, from 1th to 12th November 2018. Krakow and Malopolska Region have a great potential as a religious tourism and pilgrimage destination. Every year they are visited by millions of pilgrims and religious tourists, just let us mention the last World Youth Day which took place here in Krakow in 2016, but also the the 1st Edition of the Congress in 2017, that has also been a great success.
The 2017 edition was attended by about 200 tour operators and tour agents from 30 countiries and has already become the most important event in religious tourism branch in Central and Eastern Europe. The highest number represented Spain, followed by Italy, but also other countries such as Japan, Malaysia, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Canada, Israel and many more. The attendants expressed their gratitude for the organisation of such event, mentioning also the professionalism of the organisation and valued the opportunities that Krakow, Malopolska Region and Poland have to offer. The honorary guests of the Congress were also Fátima and San Giovanni Rotondo.You can check some photos here: www.icortap.com/en/gallery and www.facebook.com/ICoRTaP/ and on www.instagram.com/icortap_congress, and some comments here: www.icortap.com/en/opinions
"We saw with our own eyes how this new event has fit the calendar of events in Krakow: religious tourism professionals is what was needed" - says the organiser of the Congress Ernest Miroslaw, the owner of Ernesto Travel - the leading incoming tourism tour operator from Krakow. "We are pretty sure that the 2nd edition will be even bigger, with more participation of the regional and national organisations and that there will be more attendants from all over the World who will come to learn how to offer trips and pilgrimages to Krakow, Malopolska Region and Poland. Last year edition, despite being the first one, attracted 200 attendants. My aim for the second edition is 500 participants. I hope that next time there will be more non-European attendands, so we start promoting this event much earlier.
The Congress will be opened on the 8th November, by the both secular and clerical authorities of Krakow. An opening Holy Mass will be celebrated, followed by speeches, lectures and a workshop with the representatives of the local sanctuaries and tourist attractions. 9th, 10th and 11th November will be a chance for the guests from around the world to visit Krakow and Malopolska Region (Krakow Old Town, John Paul II Center, Divine Mercy Sanctuary, Salt Mine in Wieliczka, former German Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the church and museum of Wadowice - Karol Wojtyla’s birthplace, the Basilic in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and of course the Black Madonna Sanctuary in Czestochowa).
The Congress aims to be a place of contacts exchange between its participants, the promotion of Krakow and Malopolska Region as an important religious tourism and pilgrimage destination not only in Europe, but also worldwide.
The organizers welcome foreign tour agents and touroperatos, bloggers and journalists, bishops and priests as well as other religious tourism and pilgrimage organizers such as diocesan coordinators or the leaders of foundations and congregations, that want to be buyers of the services in Poland.
Check the Congress program here: www.icortap.com/en/program
Check the workshop part: www.icortap.com/en/expo
See you in Krakow! Do zobaczenia w Krakowie!