EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference is the premier event of its class in Europe. Aiming to gather professionals from the tourism and cycle tourism sectors from around the world, this edition will take place in Limburg (Belgium) on 26-28 September 2018.


The conference’s programme (still subject to changes and updates) can be found below or you can download it here

Pre-conference Day, 26 September 2018 

18:00 - 19:30 Pre-registration at the Hotel Radisson Blu for all participants of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018


19:30 - 21:00 Welcome Reception at SKY Bar, Hotel Radisson Blu

Conference Day, 27 September 2018 

07:30 - 09:00 Registration


09:00 - 09:30 Conference Opening

with Christophe Najdovski, President of the European Cyclists’ Federation and Jeroen Luys, Director of Toerisme Limburg


09:30 - 10:45 Plenary sessions

  • Ward Segers (Toerisme Limburg): Limburg is the Cycling Paradise of Flanders
  • Dries & Yuri (Wasbar – Chez Claire): Experience an ‘out of the box’ session
  • Josh Ibbett: Ever wonder what goes in an around-the-world bikepacking kit?

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 - 12:45 Parallel Sessions


Session A

Experiences: Innovation

Moderator: Ed Lancaster



  • Wolfram Hinnenthal (ADFC): Bett+Bike
  • Bart Gregoor: Café coureur.Bikefriendly Accommodation and Café, the “Veloromantic” Approach
  • Johan Vanswijgenhoven (Kingo):E and Smart Bikes for Tourists
  • Paul Cheese: Rock and Roll: An Innovative Approach to Reach a New Cycle Tourist Audience
  • Camille Perretta: Innovating Governance for a Peaceful Achievement
  • Eveline Sierens: The Cycle Platform: a Demand-Oriented Tool Based on Collaboration


Session B

Cycling hardware: Cycle highways

Moderator: Aleksander Buczynski



  • Bert Celis: BikeValley
  • Monica Silvestrini: High-Rate Bike Paths for Commuting Offer Opportunities for Touristic Cycle Networks
  • Bart Jansen: The Cycle Highway Accelerator
  • Tina Caers: Cycle Highway F1 Antwerpen – Mechelen: Evaluation, Users Experience, Lessons learned and Future Services


Session C

Marketing and Promotion

Moderator: Jesus Freire



  • Dany Heck (Vennbahn): Routeplanner Software Innovation
  • Dries Verclyte: Cycling Flanders Project (Cycling Culture of Flanders)
  • Jeroen Peeters (Toerisme Limburg): How to Use Social Media?
  • Fong Choo Leong: CyclingHoliday in Germany – Truly Inspiring: Marketing Strategies of Long Distance Cycle Routes
  • Carlos Martin Ruiz: Bikefriendly World: 5 Key Success Factors in Promoting Cycle Tourism
  • Hillel Sussman: Israel Bike Trail – Developing a National MTB Route


12:45 - 14:15 Lunch Break


14:15 - 15:45 Parallel Sessions


Session D

Experiences: Developing successful cycle tourism products

Moderator: Jesus Freire



  • Sjantal Sillius (Tourism Antwerp): Bike Holidays Flanders
  • Marie Secrétant: How to Put Together a Tourist Program?
  • Miklos Berencsi: EuroVelo 14: Development Process in Hungary
  • Will Haynes: Cycle Tourism: Developing the UK National Cycle Network
  • Ozlem Taskin Erten & Duygu Aral: Local Cycling Routes: EuroVelo in Izmir + Olivelo
  • Fidelma Ray: Creating a Successful Tourism Experience Along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • Eric Nijland: The Dutch Cycling Platform – Maasfietsroute


Session E

Cycling hardware: Innovation

Moderator: Ernst Fahrenkrug



  • Mercedes Munoz Zamora: Greenways Heritage: Innovation in Accessible Walking and Cycling Routes
  • Monica Silvestrini: Quality Monitoring of the Tourist Cycle Network in Limburg
  • Harald Kuhn: Heijmans Infra: Bike Innovations (Van Gogh Bicycle Path)
  • Ana Santos: Ethnography of Cycling in Portugal
  • Eveline Sierens: Smart Collaboration on the Management of Recreational Cycle Routes
  • Richard Weston: Who Comes and Who Spends? Understanding the Demand and Impact of Cycle Tourism


Session F

Sustainable Tourism: Combining bicycles with public transport

Moderator: Ed Lancaster



  • Martin Bethge: Flixbus
  • Joeri De Visser: Blue Bike
  • ÖBB [Speaker tbc.]
  • Alexander De Bièvre: Mobit Tourism Platform

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break


16:15 - 17:15 Plenary sessions

  • [Speaker tbc.]
  • Adam Bodor (ECF)

17:15 - 17:30 Closing and the end of scientific programme


18:30 - 22:00 Conference dinner

Social Activities Day, 28 September 2018 

Morning: Several organised site-visits (approximately 9am - 1pm)

  • Bike Valley
  • Circuit Zolder
  • Cycling through water
  • Meuse route
  • Cultural heritage route

For more information on each visit, please click here.


Registration is now open, you can register here.


24 May - Call for Abstracts

19 June - Registration opens

25 June - (Extended) Deadline Abstract submission

mid July - Abstract acceptance notification

12 September at 12:00 CET - Registration closes

Conference secretariat

Klinkhamer Group | conferences & events

Maastricht, the Netherlands


T: +31 (0)43-36 27 008