Bike tour: Following Secrets of Pribuzhye

The overall objective of the project "Bike tour: Following Secrets of Pribuzhye" is to strengthen cross-border tourist capacity of the Belarusian-Polish border region (region of Biala Podlaska, Brest) to improve social and economic development of this area by 2013. The overall goal will be achieved through specific objectives: i) to develop a number of cross-border tourism products such as marked bike route through the territories of two countries, a guidebook, a tourist map, and route maps;ii) to improve conditions for active cross-border tourism; iii) to establish a sustainable platform for the development of tourist relations and conditions of cross-border tourism products, including the prospects of developing a zone with the simplified border crossing procedure for local citizens. The project partners aim to create a strong channel to share information and continuously improve the quality of their products. A web-based platform will be established on both sides of the border to promote cooperation. The platform will be updated on partners’ websites during and after project implementation. The web-based platformwill describethe project, projectimplementationstages and progress, and attractions of the region. The initiative launched as a part of the project aims to increase the role of cross-border tourism in social and economic development of the region. To raise the efficiency of cross-border tourist movement in the project area,the conditions should be improved by developing cross-border tourist productssuch as integrated tourist routes and by publishing a guidebookand tourist maps. All these measures will increase the number of tourists spending their active time in the project area and proceeds from tourist business. With increased number of tourists,local residents will also have better income. This will promote economic situation in tourist business throughout the region. Achievement of this goal will boost regional hotel and restaurant business where the number of consumers is also expected to increase. This will lead to new jobs and could slow down migration to more developed countries in the future.



Advancing remote areas by development of cross-border VH tourism route on basis of local resources (Via Hanseatica)

Via Hanseatica (VH) is a tourism route connecting St Petersburg, Narva/Ivangorod, Tartu, Valga/Valka, Valmiera and Sigulda in the Programme territory. In addition to the abovementioned towns the route passes through areas rich in nature and cultural heritage. As VH is a tourism route passing Russia, Estonia and Latvia, and its potential is based on the diversity of these countries, the most efficient and beneficial way to promote VH is doing it via cross-border cooperation. More specifically, creation of tourism package and modules based on the VH route, promoting of the VH and marking the VH route must be done on the cross-border level. This approach is essential, as one of the main advantages of VH is its international character, while most of the tourism products in the Programme area are either local or regional. ACTIVITIES: Trainings for VH tourism entrepreneurs and trainings for tour guides; organising thematic seminars for compiling joint VH tourism package&modules, which include at least 90 VH tourism products/objects/services (ca 30 in RUS, LV and EE), all this helps to strengthen VH tourism development cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Russia. Project focuses also on raising awareness and visibility of VH tourism region, objects and services via targeted marketing actions. VH multilingual promotion tools include both electronic (improved website with route planners, video clips, audio guide) and printed (travel guide, map) materials with a focus on attractive information presentation. Most importantly, the project organises active promotion activities, such as FAM (familiarisation) tours, fair participations with special VH booth and final conference. VH project deals also with visibility of VH route and objects on the route by making small-scale investments into 12 objects on the route, preparing technical documentation for 11 objects, setting up over 300 road signs, ca 40 object signs, over 20 road info-boards and 15 info terminals. In addition, joint implementation of all the project activities, where active involvement and maximum cooperation between the partners is put in the first place, lays solid basis for strong international partnership of regional and local authorities, entrepreneurs and tourism development organisations in VH area in EE, LV & RUS for enabling coordinated product development and tourism service provision. Network will involve at least 115 organisations and its functioning is based on common cooperation structure and strategy. These activities have been selected, because joint implementation of these specific activities brings along the biggest added value and change in the VH area. In addition, the activities are strongly interdependent. In other words, it would not make sense to carry out promotion activities without investments, or train entrepreneurs without promoting the VH package&modules, or make only investments without marketing and promotion activities.

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JOUSSOUR aims to support the cooperation within the audio-visual industry through the common production of TV and Internet products in order to better inform the general public of the Mediterranean basin about cross-border environmental challenges. To this end, and taking into account that the exchange of audio-visual products is still relatively limited in spreading regional information at the Euro-Mediterranean level, the project intends to harmonise audio and video co-production practices, concerning both content and methodological issues by:

· Skills of professionals of the partner broadcasters strengthened in the field of multilateral co-production

· Innovative series of documentaries produced

· Environmental best practices disseminated through several communication channels


Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism

The project improved the bike tourism proposals in Sicily and Malta through the creation of cross-border cycle routes spanning more than 1000 km, the modernisation of existing infrastructures and the adaptation of overnight stop-offs providing bike tourism services. In particular, through the project activities, the map of 24 cycle routes in five Sicilian provinces (Agrigento, Ragusa, Siracusa, Trapani, Caltanissetta) and Malta were created. Along the routes in Sicily, Malta and Gozo, street signs have been installed. They take into account some elements useful for cyclists, such as distances, elevation, degree of difficulty and the coordinates (longitude and latitude) of each path. Finally, the project carried out important promotion activities for the created routes by participating to the most important European trade fairs in the sector, such as London, Expobici of Padua and BTS of Montecatini, where meetings were held with stakeholders, tour operators and the specialised press. Project Results include:

· The betterment of bike tourism proposals in Sicily and Malta through the creation of 24 cross-bordercycle routes spanning more than 1000 km;

· The modernisation of 7 existing infrastructures (5 in Sicily and 2 in Malta);

· The adaptation of 70 overnight stop-offs providing bike tourism services.

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Glacial Park and information centre at the river “Oder”

The landscape around Joachimsthal and Moryn exhibits many features and characteristics of the former glacial period. Many places of interest in this region show a strong bond to geological, archaeological and cultural themes, as well as a common history of former human settlements. From the start, project partners placed special interest on excellent cooperation and unique thematic and organisational integration of these regional historic sites. Exhibitions and event rooms for visitors are being prepared, infrastructure is established and technical equipment is to be installed while video clips are also being created. A recreated walkable glacial landscape and a stone amphitheatre are extra special features of the park created in cooperation in this project. Furthermore, cycling paths and pedestrian walkways were built in the region of Elsenau and Joachimsthal - to reach the area; as well as a loop road named “Large Cancer“ around the Morzycko-lake. Visitors will also find information there about such things as the genesis of the landscape and glacial animal footprints. In order to be able to inform about all these regional attractions and also to coordinate them, project partners established a joint German/Polish visitor and information centre.

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Development of the „European Huguenot Park“ in Schwedt/Oder and revitalisation of the nature park ”Dolina Miłości” in Zatoń Dolna

The “European Huguenot Park“ and the nature park “Dolina Miłości” belong to an area along the German/Polish border containing a strong relevance to the history of the Huguenots. This common historic heritage, and the territorial closeness of both parks are the foundation and the drive for the region to engage in a creative way with the history of the Huguenots in the joint “Valley of Love“. Both parklands were developed by the project as national attractions and places for cross-border events for a stronger integration of the population. AS of project activity different cultural landscapes in the German/Polish border region were connected with each other – the English meadow countryside in Criewen featuring a French park arrangement of the “European Huguenot Park“ in Schwedt/Oder was connected with the rebuilt English park in a hilly landscape at the slope of the river Oder ”Dolina Miłości”. Common facilities were built in the parks, common events are now to be offered in the joint region – the “Valley of Love“, targeting various target groups from the German/Polish border region.

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“KOLiBAR” Reconstructing the cycling path at Ustronie Morskie – Kołobrzeg - Dźwirzyno and at the city of Barth – belonging to the International Cross Border Baltic Sea Cycling Path Nr. 10

Kołobrzeg and Barth are famous targets for tourists alongside the German/Polish border. Many tourists and spa guests visit these places for activities, especially cycling along the Baltic sea coast, which is one of the most famous leisure and recreational activities. Unfortunately, the existing facilities in and around Kołobrzeg and Barth are not developed in a sufficient way for this type of active recreation. All project partners are located alongside the European Baltic Sea cycling path Nr. 10 (EUROVELO 10). The project developed and reconstructed various parts alongside the cross-border European Cycling Path Nr. 10; various associated touristic facilities (e.g. picnic and resting areas) were refurbished. The cycling path is merchandised as joint touristic product in the German/Polish cross-border region.

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Cross border network of crafts as promoter of attractiveness of Latvia-Lithuania borderlands

The project MID-BALTIC CRAFTS has been developed, based on previous cooperation between 11 partners who decided to make positive change in Mid-Baltic region, covering the border areas of Latvia and Lithuania. According to the assessment of situation, the region has common history, social and cultural traditions and very similar economic backgrounds. Therefore, the main idea of the project was to develop this region, make it attractive and visible, favourable for living as well as friendly and charming for visitors. Throughout the project, ten crafts and art centres were established where craftsmen, local people and crafts lovers, who wish to engage in traditional activities, may gather. These centres are the right place for a dream to come true - to learn a desired craft. Each centre plays an important role in the promotion of entrepreneurship as it provides support for a starting business in crafts by encouraging inhabitants not be afraid of the possible obstacles. All crafts centres also are significant for tourism and are included in 5 developed crafts tourism routes on maps which show the Latvian-Lithuanian border ( Moreover, at each centre travellers can observe how craftsmen work, try his/her luck in producing items and also buy the favourite products. A brochure on craft centres and their offers is available at tourism routes and ten centres for arts and crafts were created. Here every enthusiast can try out both old crafts and modern skills; learn something new and being introduced to up-to-date novelties in the field of craftsmanship in Latvia and Lithuania. A digital museum of wood crafts, success stories of craftsmen and a catalogue of traditional Mid-Baltic crafts were developed.

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Enhancing cultural capital value for tourism and business development through cross-border cooperation

Aran Jбnos is a very well-known Hungarian poetry and prose writer. He was born in Salonta and he lived both here and also in Debrecen, triggering the idea for the common project between these two cities that lay on either side of the border between Romania and Hungary. The two cities have now found themselves in perfect timing and circumstances to take advantage of their common heritage and promote it world-wide, along with their other cultural and tourist assets. Their common approach and the results of the CoolTourA project are quite innovative, while being an incentive for other similar cultural and tourist projects. In both cities cultural tourism is not very developed, while tourists prefer other locations to spend their free time. Although both Salonta and Debrecen have cultural attractions, these have not been exploited accordingly up until now. Through its objectives, the project was geared towards the sustainable development of existing cultural and historical values, at the common tourism development by producing common cultural/tourist products and at enhancing cross-border links. Tourism promotion and advertising materials aim to attract more tourists and complete tourism development activities, which promote the central figure of Arany, local monuments and other attractions in an innovative way. By cooperating towards tourism development, the 2 communities have had the opportunity to become acquainted with each other, to communicate and to interact. The cross-border impact of the project is determined by its long-term results in the Bihor-Hajdъ Bihar area.

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Revitalisation of Istrian hinterland and of tourism in Istrian hinterland

The overall Project objectives were: stopping the deterioration of rural Istria through the protection of cultural heritage and promotion of integrated development and tourism products, the creation of cross-border tourist destinations and the promotion of sustainable tourism development in the Istrian rural area based on cultural and natural heritage of the whole area. Within the Project, a network of info centres has been established, which encourage the flow of tourists from urban areas into rural ones with environmentally friendly transportation (biking and walking trails). Joint cross-border education and cultural exchanges have provided additional development of human resources in the cross-border areas and exchange of experience of development potentials in Slovene and Croatian Istria. All of the Project’s activities have contributed to the creation of a joint destination of rural Istria, cross-border tourist itineraries and routes, and to the creation of a recognizable Istrian identity regardless of state borders. Joint integrated products have been developed which are founded on common history, while, at the same time, respect local specific features, thus raising awareness of local population on the value and uniqueness of the interior of Istria. The project has revived the cross-border destination and through modern IT (info points and info kiosks) also enabled an easy flow of information regarding local specifics within the entire destination of Istria. An integrated tourist offer has extended the tourist season, which will have an impact on the economy of the border area, with tourism as its main sector.

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Development of unique Narva-Ivangorod fortresses ensemble and Surrounding Area

Narva and Ivangorod, cities on the border between Estonia and Russian Federations, standing on the Narva River opposite each other, possess a genuine historical pearl – a unique ensemble of ancient fortresses and fortifications that serve as the main tourist magnets of entire region. Cross-border cooperation between Narva and Ivangorod entered into an active stage when the Municipal Agreement was signed between the two cities in August 2006. During the last years, thanks to common projects financed from the EU funds, both cities have started reconstruction and development of their common cultural and historical heritage. The main goal of the project is to secure complex development of the cities’ unique ensemble of historical areas, fortresses and fortifications in the first turn and also, due to an innovative approach, develop single tourist products used to make the area a main attraction of border region for local and foreign tourists. Substantial investments, better-accessible and safe tourist infrastructure will be created for the Programme. All this will give impulse to tourism development within the region, increase competitiveness in the cities and add balanced and sustainable socio-economic development to the region on the whole. Three projects are expected to develop with remarkable investments for the tourism infrastructure: improvement of access roads to Narva and Ivangorod fortresses, improvement of historical promenade areas, and reconstruction of Narva-Ivangorod fortifications (Narva Victoria bastion and Ivangorod fortress Small Powder Granary). The forth project will also contribute to tourism development making border crossing easier and also increasing the capacity of the road and pedestrian border crossing points.

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Danube Velo Route

The main objective of the project is to promote and develop cross-border tourism along the Danube in Romania and Bulgaria. More specifically, the project's goal is the continuation of the well-known Danube bicycle route from Budapest to the Black Sea; the development and promotion of various forms of tourism along the Danube and a regional image of the Danube River between Bulgaria and Romania as tourist destination. Project collected and regularly updated database for tourism offer in the cross-border region visible in a well-promoted website; supported and coordinated development of tourist offers within the cross-border region through workshops, trainings and a conference; produced promotional materials for the tourist cross-border region; signposting of the Danube bicycle route; promoted Danube Velo route, publicity and information.

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Establishment of cross-border Roma cultural-tourist transversal: “Drom” and development and promotion of the integral Roma cultural tourist product

General objectives of the project: enriching tourist services of the cross-border region with a new, innovative integral Roma cultural-tourist product, stimulating the development of Roma social entrepreneurship adjusted to the specifics of Roma lifestyle, Roma culture and values and to contribute, through planned media promotion of positive events in the lives of Roma, to the elimination of negative stereotypes and the declining attitude of a major part of the population towards the Roma population.

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