The main objective of the JOINTTOUR project is to increase the opportunities for cross-border tourism in the region by promoting the local tourism opportunities and resources of the five regions. It also aims to raise awareness of cross-border tourist opportunities in the region, presenting it as a common tourist destination.
In this connection, a round table discussion was held in the town of Kirklareli under the cover “2 Countries – 5 Districts – One Destination” which discussed the results of the preliminary study carried out by the experts working within the framework of the project for identifying the tourism opportunities of the five regions.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the local authorities on both sides of the border, representatives of the non-governmental sector, tour operators and travel agencies.
At the event, the experts working on the project presented their preliminary proposals for common tourism packages covering the five districts in the cross-border region.
In the final part, the participants presented their proposals for improving the packages and for building common destinations for the local and Asian tourists.
First project planning meeting was held on 18.09.2017 in Kirklareli between the project partners – the Burgas Regional Tourism Association, the Ministry of Tourism in Bulgaria and the Regional Directorate of Culture and Tourism – Kirklareli.
On the meeting the project partners discussed the activities to be carried out by the end of the project, the responsibilities and duties of the partners.
Project partners come together in Burgas, Bulgaria with local stakeholders and presented tourism packages jointly developed for local and Asian tourists.
On the round table opening speech was made by the Nuray İNÖNTEPE – General Councul of Republic of Turkey in Bourgas.
In the event, project partners and local tourism institutions and organizations talked about developing a joint action plan to promote the tourism opportunities of the cross-border region, joint publicity campaign, joint integrated tourism packages.
During the meeting, the logo of the joint tour packages in the cross-border region was also selected.
Project Lead partner Burgas Regional Tourist Association realized its trial tour covering 5 targeted border districts in Bulgaria and Turkey. The Tour included main cultural and tourist destinations in Turkish and Bulgarian part of the border as Thracian and Antic City and archeological reserve Cabile in Yambol, Haskovo Historical Regional Museum, Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Uzunkopru Stone Bridge, St. Nikola Stone Monastery in Kiyikoy, Dupnisa Cave in Demirkoy and many other places.
Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism – Project Partner 2 realized its trial tour aiming presenting to tour operators and journalists the cross-border region as one joint destination.
The trial tour was organized to show the best tourism destinations in the targeted border places. After the tour there was made a TV show presenting the project and the cross-border destination.
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