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A joint opened window to the universe mysteries

What’s the goal?

To capitalize on the touristic potential of the region (both natural and cultural), by diversifying the touristic offer of the cross-border region, focusing on scientific tourism.

What’s the budget?

1,473,253.99 euro, out of which 1,252,265.87 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Natural Science Museum Complex Constanta

Beneficiary 2 (B2): History Museum Kavarna

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Naval Academy Mircea cel Batran

Beneficiary 4 (B4): National College Mircea cel Batran

When is it happening?

Start date: 04.10.2018

End date: 03.09.2023

Duration: 59 months

Where is it happening?

Kavarna, Dobrich District in Bulgaria

Constanta in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Development of 3 tourism products: Astronomy camps, Navigation by stars and Origins;
  • Development of the strategy for valorising the natural and cultural heritage through its restoration (where applicable) and promotion;
  • Setting-up of a center of excellence that will offer a common image of the region Constanta-Dobrich in order to attract tourists;
  • Organization of communication events.

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

Programme outputs:

- 3 integrated tourism products/services created;

- 1 common strategy, policy or management plan for valorising (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses;

Programme results: increase of the number of overnights in the CBC area with 47.000.

Project status

The project was finalized on 03.09.2023. The following main results were achieved:

Kick-off press conference was organized in Constanta on 23.06.2021 with 38 participants.

Within the work package T1. Creation of tourism products, 180 astronomy lessons were organized in the period February 2021 – May 2022; 62 astronomy observations were organized in the period January 2020 – October 2020. As well, 15 astronomy camps, 7 days astronomy camp, Open Days activities were organized by the project beneficiaries necessary to launch the tourist product “Astronomy camps”. The necessary equipment such as 4K Hybrid Planetarium shows set, mobile and stationery telescopes, astronomy observatory, VR glasses, astronomy packages, tents, sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses were purchased and installed by the project beneficiaries, was used for outdoor astronomy observations. All the lessons were recorded and uploaded on the project website, in section Courses. Workshop for the launching of the touristic product “Astronomy camps” was organized in Constanta on 23.06.2021 with 32 participants.

In regard to the second tourist product “Origins”, B3 – Naval Academy “Mircea cel Batran” organized the first offshore sail in the Black Sea on 10.10.2019 within the second touristic product, Navigation by stars and three offshore sails with yola-type sailing boats on 02.08.2021, 03.08.2021, 04.08.2021. Workshop for the launching of the touristic product “Navigation by stars” was organized in Constanta on 02.08.2021 with 52 participants.

In regard to the third tourist product “Origins”, B2 – History Museum Kavarna developed a 3D movie – application of virtual tour, which was uploaded on the purchased virtual reality glasses. Workshop for launching the touristic product was organized by B2 on 12.05.2022 in Kavarna.

In regard to implementation of the work package T2 was developed the Joint strategy for valorising the natural and cultural heritage. The Joint strategy is available at the following link:

In regard to implementation of the work package T3. “Center of excellence”, the Centre of Excellence was created and registered in the Register of Associations and Foundations. The documents related to registering of the association were presented by the Lead Beneficiary - Decision no. 137/07.01.2022 of Constanta Court – Civil Section, the Certificate of registration no. 32196/212/2021/23.02.2022 and the Certificate no. 10/23.02.2022 for registration of the association to the Special registry.

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