Project code:CB005.2.21.018
Project call:CB005.2
Priority axis / Specific objective:2.1. Increasing the touristic attractiveness of the cross-border area through better utilisation of natural, cultural and historical heritage and related infrastructure
Type of project:Investment
Project duration in months:24
Project final contract amount:492463.30 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:24.07.2019
Project end date:23.07.2021
Project intervention field:094 Protection, development and promotion of public cultural and heritage assets
Project summary:

The overall objective of the project is increasing the touristic attractiveness in the regions of Sredets Municipality and Vize Municipality through the effective utilization of the common cultural and historical heritage and the creation of relevant infrastructure for the development of creative tourism across border.
A joint creative tourism complex „The Thracians: Antiquity and Contemporaneity” near the Ancient Town Deultum will be created in Sredets Municipality. It will offer visitors direct participation in creative tourism practices – workshops, trainings, performances – in order to demonstrate the intangible Thracian heritage. In addition, an interactive tourist centre providing information on the common cultural and historical heritage and on shared creative routes will be set up. On the other hand, the access road to Ancient Thracian Town Bizya will be reconstructed and areas for creative tourism, which will present traditions, customs, crafts, etc., will be created in Municipality of Vize. Within the project, these areas will be used for conducting the Street Performance Festival.
As a result of the implementation of the project, the infrastructure conditions for development of integrated creative tourism across border and the visitor accessibility to common cultural and historical sites will be improved.

Project status: Finished

The project is innovative for both the Partners and the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Bulgaria - Turkey. The project model for the development of cultural / creative tourism is flexible, adaptable and easy to apply. Based on a broader partnership, project activities can be multiplied in a wider area. In addition, it can be reasonably expected that the model of creative tourism will be adopted by other municipalities and NGOs in new cross-border destinations. Multiplication can also be done in an informal way. Local communities are a major player in the presentation of the common intangible heritage and therefore share it using a face-to-face approach. The created joint integrated web platform - will become part of the International Network for Creative Tourism (ICTN - This will create a multiplier effect outside the CBC area and will improve the tourist image of the region. Thousands of visitors and international partners will be introduced to the project ideas. The results of the project can also be multiplied by creative tourism events organized by ICTN (conferences, workshops, meetings), which will increase reservations by international tourists. The idea of ​​the project has an extremely easy and useful application in any educational environment. In the form of games, children's workshops and projects, the concept of promoting a common cultural heritage can be spread carelessly among children.



Leading partner
Municipality of Sredets, Bulgaria
Municipality of Vize, Turkey