May 22, 2017

Future of Our Past- Workshop and round table, 25 May 2017, Rome


The ENPI CBC MED co-funded project Future of Our Past (FOP) ended in December 2016 with excellent results. FOP promoted the creation of a pilot widespread hotel in Bethlehem, and the creation of a network of Mediterranean historical centers to develop joint cultural and touristic initiatives.

On the occasion of the European Week of Sustainable Development and, in particular, in the framework of the first Sustainable Development Festival (Italy, 22th May-7th June 2017), the Italian Geographical Society (SGI) together with Temi Zammit Foundation (FTZ), will organise a workshop entitled “Future of Our Past (FOP): a sustainability project to build a network of hospitable communities of the Historical Centers of the Mediterranean”. The workshop will take place in Rome, on 25 May 2017, at the premises of the Italian Geographical Society.

For further information, please find here the programme of the event as well as the press release.

The FOP Project  

The FOP (Future of our Past) project aims at developing an innovative tourism plan model for cultural and environmental heritage. Some selected sites in Italy (Lazio, Basilicata, Campania), Spain (Córdoba), Malta (La Valletta), Egypt, Palestine (Bethlehem), Tunisia (Mahdia) and Lebanon (Byblos) will become part of a cross-border network of historical centers in order to mutually strengthen their visibility in the tourism sector. Through the enhancement of these centres, touristic diversification and de-seasonalisation, and the positioning on broader market segments, the concerned local economies will be boosted and further developed.

In addition, a widespread hospitality will also be implemented in Palestine in order to stimulate tourism in specific locations with new itineraries including old towns that, despite their value, have never been fully exploited.

For further information, please visit the FOP website at or download the leaflet of the project at: