France and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route has been selected as the most popular cycle tourism country and EuroVelo Route in 2017.
The inaugural EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were held at ITB Berlin. The ceremony formed part of the first ever Cycle Tourism Day organised by ECF (European Cyclists’ Federation) and ADFC (German National Cyclists’ Association) at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Representatives from France and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route received the awards from Michael Cramer, Member of the European Parliament and “father” of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.
Cycle tourism is becoming an increasingly significant sector of the tourism industry. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament cycle tourism contributes over €44bn to the European economy annually in addition to the environmental, health and transportation benefits.