Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Tourism Academy supported the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT) to organize the Europe Day on Tuesday , 9 May 2017.
The reception was attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media. On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Council President had welcomed the visitors to the event with a powerful speech:
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Colleagues, fellow Europeans and friends of Europe,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Namaste, Salam Alaykum, Good evening, Bonsoir, and a very warm welcome to you all to the 2017 Europe Day celebrations.
First, I would like to express my gratitude to Academicians Mircea Constantinescu and Ionut Costea, Directors of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, for kindly agreeing to make available this splendid hall for today’s gathering.
We thought that this year it would be great to bring Europe closer to academicians and professionals and leaders of all walks of life, and to hold our celebrations in this excellent establishment.
Thank you very much to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.
Today, 9 May, is Europe Day.
On this day in 1950 Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, called on the nations of Europe to unite and make war on our continent unthinkable.
His message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.
The dreams of our founding fathers have become a reality, and Europeans live together in peace and prosperity, bound together by principles of democracy and human rights.
Yet, as anyone who follows international news knows, the European Union faces considerable challenges, and I do not want to gloss over these.
But despite all our difficulties the Europe represents the most successful process of regional integration, and remains the richest continent in the world.
In no other place is there so much freedom – freedom to speak our mind, freedom to move, freedom to pray and not to pray, freedom to love, freedom to vote and freedom to choose our own destiny.
Everywhere in the world Europe is a major trading partner, a major investor and we are proudly launching here BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF WORLD program.
Climate change is another example of Europe prowess and a dear subject to myself as Ambassador for World Protected Areas .
On 22 April 2016, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement in New York. Fifteen countries deposited their instruments of ratification on the same day sending a signal to the international community on the paramount importance of the implementation of the Agreement.
Our Ambassador office is committed to continue to work closely with all the nations on climate change, not only alongside it in international negotiations, but also as a key partner – providing support for mitigation and adjusting, and on the implementation of the Paris Agreement – the next big challenge.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I want to welcome you this evening not only to the Europe Day Reception, but also to our exhibition showcasing our engagement in tourism, trade and development across the world.
WithWORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATIONand WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM programs we succeeded in the last ten years to bring over 6 billion euro investments in tourism, development and growth sector in Africa and Asia and we created more than 100.000 jobs in tertiary sectors of all the countries that have being supported by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY programs.
I would like to thank all our development implementing partners for their contributions to the exhibition and for their efforts.
I hope that everyone will take time to discover the breadth and depth of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE co-operation with developing world.
I would like to express my gratitude in particular to key partners of ours in this day, as DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIEwho offered you not only wonderful gifts but provided you with a symbol of what Europe stand`s for culture like Salvador Dali works and the joy of living embodied by wonderful perfumes and also a word of gratitude to our European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI who had offered you the gift of incredible European wines.
A word of gratitude to the 23 masters of pastry and cakes, who created the incredible cakes that we will taste tonight.
I will no longer stay between you and the incredible cake awaiting us!
For 18000 years, wine grapes have been cultivated in Europe this is how European council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea started the ceremonies for Wine Tourism Day.
Europe is marked down by historians and archaeologists alike together with the Middle East in the greater the Mediterranean region under the sobriquet of “Cradle of Wine”,
From immemorial times wine tourism has being recognized as a center of tourism and tourist attractions.
The first recollection of wine as a driving force for tourism comes from Roman Republic and later Roman Empire when roman citizens where regularly heading towards Campagna province and Naples to taste the wine and discover the regions.
In today world wine is recognized as an essential segment of the tourism industry.
Authorities and companies from wine regions and tourism destinations have realized that the benefits of wine tourism extend well beyond the cellar door to all areas of the regional economy.
In a new concept carved-out by European Council on Tourism and Trade we blended history, wine, food, tourism and the arts in order to create the core elements of the wine tourism product experience.
This program was presented as a lifestyle package for world-wide wine tourists in the framework of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE IIIrd BUCHAREST WINE EXHIBITION (29 March April 3rd 2017).
The Bucharest held WINE EXHIBITION presented a perfect occasion for wine lovers and tourism wine aficionados to meet the best of what world and European wine industry has to offer.
The first day of the conference was destined to the presentation of tourism packages and tourism destinations from across the world and in the second day the heart of the tourism wine: wine itself was appreciated and tasted.
On the second day of the International Wine Fair, the diplomats accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade, representing countries well branded as wine importers, had made a stop over to the diplomatic partner stand: DOMENIILE PANCIU, the creator of European flagship wines: EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE.
On the spot, the foreign dignitaries were greeted not only with good wine but also with sparkling wine that open the appetite for discussions and made the guest inquire more about the legendary land of Vrancea, a Romanian Champagne look a like.
PANCIU DOMAINS (DOMENIILE PANCIU) is the new name under which the Vrancea winemaker`s from CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU) has decided to conquer the world with the new phenomenon of sparkling wines.
The new names highlighted on the international sparkling wines market are: Blanc de Blancs and Cuvée Prestige, both commercialized on limited editions, available only on HORECA and specialized wine stores.
The diplomats on the venue requested an opening of the tasting with the famous Cuvée Prestige and the PANCIU DOMAINS representative acknowledge the request and started a detailed presentation of the new and enticing sparkling wine.
To achieve a perfect balanced and special sparkling wine: Domeniile Panciu Cuvée Prestige, the winemaker`s blended in the perfect XVII century tradition of Dom Perignon wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and for a touch of modernity added some Fetească Regală (Royal Girl).
The sparkling wine is fully complying with the world known classic recipe of Dom Perignon, the friar who invented the perfect fizzy wine.
The magnificent beverage is the result of bottled secondary fermentation coupled with special cave maturation during 18 months and disgorging „à la volée” (without bottle refrigeration) that is fully preserving the exceptional flavor and created a sparkling wine of amazing quality and benefiting the uniqueness of Panciu area terroir.
The colour is yellowish and with pastry flavour that is transforming slowly in a after-taste of honey and dried fruits.
The specialized tasters are describing the palate as profound and rich with aromas of dried apricot, roasted nuts and a pinch of tropical fruits that evolves in a after-taste long-lasting and reinvigorating that is making us day dreaming on fines french pastry.
The second beverage on the tasting list, a result of the legendary Vrancioaia son`s ability, was Blanc de Blancs (the french for: White of Whites).
Here also, the spokesperson for DOMENIILE PANCIU has quite some stories to tell with good measure to do so as Blanc de Blancs is considered the most refined of all the sparkling wines ever created with classic methods.
On the account of the specificity of the land (terroir) of Panciu vineyard, the wine used to make the sparkling wine has developed unique capabilities unmatched in the world, specific to the high acidity lands.
The bottle fermentation and ageing process, in special conditions for a period of over 18 months, are bringing to the glasses a special aromatic sparkling wine, full of palates ranging from of lily of the valley, white flower fields and lime, all surrounded in discrete mineral aroma and flavour of freshly baked bread out of the oven.
The specialized tasters are describing the taste as fresh and balanced with a mixed of green apples, asian pear, roasted nuts and pomelo.
The Royal Vineyard of DOMENIILE PANCIU by HOUSE OF PANCIU are heading towards a bright future and the new creations outlined for 2017: Blanc de Blancs and Cuvée Prestige are entering in the highest luxury category of sparkling wines.
This by tacking into account factors like: aroma, classic methods used in creating them, incomparable craftmanship of Panciu winemaker`s and incredible aroma of the wines used.
Concluding the tasting session, the diplomats present on the venue stated in one voice that: sparkling and still wines of DOMENIILE PANCIU (PANCIU DOMAINS) are an illustration of all that is best in European wine-making, on equal footing with once famous French sparkling wines.
The event convened over 2000 participants, including representatives from the Ministries, Destination Management Organizations (DMOS), Destination Marketing Organizations, National Tourism Organizations (NTOS), and wine and tourism experts from 20 countries.
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