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DTP (ROBG-453)

Development of tourism potential, protection and promotion of the common heritage    

What’s the goal?

The main objective of the project is to support the sustainable socio-economic development of the cross-border region by enhancing the tourism potential related to the development and marketing of competitive tourist products.

What’s the budget?

1,219,951.26 euro, out of which 1,036,958.56 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): General Toshevo Municipality

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit – Murfatlar Town

When is it happening?

Start date: 12.09.2018

End date: 11.08.2021

Duration: 35 months

Where is it happening?

Dobrich in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Training and enhancing the capacity of local communities. Conducting of thematic camps
  • Creation of common tourist products. Conducting of tourist forums and exhibitions
  • Realization of studies, research, information system, tourism development strategy

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 4 integrated tourism products/services created, 5,000 expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction, common strategies, policies or management plans for valorizing (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses - 1.

Programme results: 3,500 tourist overnights in the CBC region.

Project status (reflected in progress reports)

The project is under implementation. The main reported actions achieved from the project beneficiaries are described below:

Two round tables of representatives of youth councils and young volunteers were held in 2019 in General Toshevo and Murfatlar. Both events were addressed to the young people and their needs to better understand the cross-border cultural features of Dobrudja area and their relevance for cooperation and tourism promotion.

Two summer thematic camps were organized - one in General Toshevo and Balchik, and the second one in Murfaltar and Mamaia/Constanta. Both camps included cultural-related visits to museums and historical sites, tourist tours, workshops related to traditional and popular art and crafts, exhibitions, sport and leisure activities, networking.

2 studies of tourism potential and opportunities for tourism development for both municipality and a strategic plan were developed.

A seminar "Intangible cultural heritage - conservation, promotion, development and opportunities for organizing festival and event tourism" was held in General Toshevo and Balchik in the period 23-24.10.2020. The seminar was attended by 30 participants - representatives of local business and local administrations, museum specialists, representatives of cultural institutions and NGOs.

LB completed the editing and printing of a common strategy for tourism development and a multilingual tourist guide for General Toshevo. The two printed documents were delivered to the LB, following to be disseminated during the forthcoming project events.

Two websites were developed: http://robg453-tour.eu/ and https://www.murfatlarulturistic.ro/ro/, available in three languages (Bulgarian, Romanian and English).

The status of the investment activities is described, as follows:

Lead Beneficiary – General Toshevo Municipality

Three works contracts have been signed by the LB for modernization of the following objects:

1. Contract for the investment object - Historical Museum of General Toshevo. The works were finalized and accepted according to the delivery receipt protocol signed on 6th of November 2019.

2. Contract for the investment object - Cultural Center “Probuda”, Kardam village. The construction works were finalized.

3. Contract for the investment object - Cultural Center “Otets Paisii”, Spasovo village. The construction works were finalized.

Three temporary billboards were elaborated and installed at the investment objects. The park equipment was purchased by the LB. The delivery of benches, tables, folding plastic chairs, tents is completed. The delivery of furniture and furnishings for the community centers was also completed.

Beneficiary 2 – Territorial Administrative Unit Murfatlar Town

The public procurement of works for the three-site small-scale investment – extension and rehabilitation of Murfatlar House of Culture, a thematic park and the rehabilitation of Heroes' Monument, was finalized by signing of contract for works execution. Order for beginning of works execution was issued. The announcement on the works beginning was registered within the Construction State Inspectorate of Constanta on 10.08.2020. The construction works are ongoing, planned to be finalized in May 2021.

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