On-site presentation and demonstrations

On the 8th of October, ACTIE Cahul has organized an on-site event (D.C.3.1), part of
Activity A.C.3 within the GreeTHiS BSB- 305 project.


The event was held inside the "Museum of History and Ethno-folklore" from Valeni and
gathered together about 25 representatives of different institution from Valeni and Cahul,
local public authorities, representatives of local tourism from Valeni, etc.


The event started with a presentation of the major results of the project and the presentation
of the Virtual Guide.


In the second part, a debate was held on the development of local tourism, about the brand
of Valeni village and the name of the " Holiday Village" that it owns. Also, it was discussed
about the capacity of tourists that can host it, the economic and tourist benefits for the
Cahul area, etc.

GreeTHiS in Bulgaria acknowledged the International Day of Touorism

Green tourism and historical heritage, as the light motive of GreeTHIS project, were
the topics of discussion panels to acknowledge the International Day of Tourism on
27 th September 2021. The conference part was organized as separate event, part of
the Green Tourist Weekend within the project. Stakeholders and key actors in tourism
met to share the results of the last tourist season 2021 impacted by Covid-19 and to
discuss opportunities for future partnerships.
The international scope of the event is the first of its kind organized in Varna due to
the active involvement of the GreeTHIS partners.
During the first part of the hybrid event, Dr. Frank Kvante, General Manager of
Fraport Twin Star Airport Management Inc. made an overview of the number of the
tourist flow in 2021 in Varna and Burgas airports and forecasts for the next season
2022. Mrs Stela Baltova, the Minister of Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism commented the
future of the tourism sector in Bulgaria and Mrs Sonya Georgieva, director of Tourism
Department of Varna municipality provided summary results of the summer season in
Varna and highlighted the marketing tools the municipality shall use the next year.
Mrs. Petruta Moisi from the Eco Counseling Center in Galati, Romania shared good
practices of cooperation between the stakeholders in this cross border region to
improve the conditions for tourism development. Mrs. Tetiana Pasmarnova, an expert
in tourism within the Agency of Sustainable Development and European Integration
"Lower Danube” in Izmail, Ukraine focused on the local resource management and
practices for tourist business improvement. Mrs. Nino Gvasalia, advisor in investment
and infrastructure affairs to the Mayor of Poti shared specific mechanisms of state
support and tourist resource management for expanding the tourist season in Georgia
and Mrs Afroditi Kamara, expert to Municipality Orestiada presented the culture
heritage and tourism development and its impact on the economy in Greece.
During the discussion panels representatives of the National Association of the tourist
agencies in Romania, the Black Sea Development Agency in Trabzon, Turkey, the
National Association of Inbound tourism in Moldova and UBBSLA experts shared
thoughts and reflections on the tourist development across the Black Sea countries.
In the programme slots the participants and the guests had the chance to visit
emblematic culture heritage buildings and locations in Varna which illustrate the
signs and the traces of the town development. They were also introduced with the
stories of outstanding people who lived and worked here after the Liberation in 1878
and contributed to the vast transformation of Varna as a major industrial, commercial
and maritime center in this part of the Black Sea region.
The events complemented the annual Tourist Expo – Destination Varna and in 2021 the
moto was targeted to “Tourist destinations with history and future” as well as
celebration of the 100 th anniversary of Varna declared as resort city. The UBBSLA was represented in a special stand focused on the Black Sea tourism and the international
cooperation.

UBBSLA 22 nd June 2021 Press Release

On 22 nd June 2021 business breakfast was organized by UBBSLA focusing on the
cultural tourism development in the Bulgarian Black Sea region. The meeting
gathered tourist companies, organizations in tourism, arts & craft, local public
administrations from the member municipalities, representatives of regional
historical museums and NGOs, The stakeholders shared best practices in the field of
historical and green tourism, preservation and promotion of intangible culture
heritage in the local communities. Funding opportunities and grants provided at
national level were discussed targeting exploitation of local resources and explicitly
on investment activities in culture heritage monuments and sites. These are to
stimulate the entrepreneurial approach in cultural institutes’ activity for improved
management and presentation of cultural heritage and attracting audiences through
revitalization of premises and spaces, educational programs. The participatory
actions will stimulate the revival of peripheral areas, small towns and villages and
attraction of new audiences through organization of artistic and creative events,
festivals, performances, exhibitions and initiatives.

3rd Business Breakfast in Poti Municipality

In July 19th NALAG has hold its 3rd Business Breakfast in Poti Municipality, Georgia. Due to
the worsening pandemic situation in the Country the meeting was attended only by 10
participants.
The meeting was held in the historical building of Kolkheti Cultural Museum. The aim of
the meeting was bringing together the local market players from the tourist branch and
the green innovation companies, so as to facilitate the exchange of possible solutions and
investment ideas in regard to development of the tourist potential of the protected areas
and sites.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the target municipalities,
representatives of Museums as well as by the representatives of the touristic company
Hobby Studio which will prepare the Virtual Tours for the Municipalities.
The main topic of the meeting was presentation of the works from the company Hobby
Studio, the works which serves for the promotion of any kind of tourism in the country and
abroad. Mr. SHAMOEV Alexandre, the representative from the Hobby Studio, introduced to
the participants their experience in development of green tourism and historical heritage
in Georgia, which mainly served as the trigger for the company to start new initiative the
preparation of virtual guides for hotels, museums and for the all kind of institutions which
work in touristic issues. The virtual tours represents one of the most effective tool to
promote tourism in the Country as well as worldwide, as this tool gives great opportunity
to people to travel to the fascinating and mesmerizing places. Mr SHAMOEV presented to
the participants the works prepared by the company the aim of which is fostering green
and historical tourism in the Region.

The third international workshop

In May 28th the third international workshop was organised in Kobuleti Municipality, Georgia.The event was organised in hybrid format, local participants from Georgia participated on site however the representatives from partner countries participated distantly via Zoom platform. Despite the fact that partners have no chance to meet each other physically the conference was really fruitful and successful.  The stakeholders had a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experience with their colleagues, sharing the specificity of the topics in preserving the national heritage while using it as tourist attraction and as a mean of bringing together the nations in terms of culture and history. The discussions and presentations was based around the theme “Green Tourism Potential in the Black Sea Basin Regions”.

The stakeholders from all six partner country had chance to share their own experiences with regard green tourism potential in their regions.

During the workshop was broadcasted the video footage: Kobuleti Municipality – Cradle of Ancient, Historical and Natural Heritages. As international participants were not able to travel to Georgia to attend physically the event, as well as to go for the study visit, the video footage was prepared to provide unique opportunity for the stakeholders to get familiar with Kobuleti Municipality and to avaluate its tourist and energy efficient potential in heritage protection.

This kind of events respond to the necessity of the target group for obtaining opportunity for closing up the business environments, public authorities and heritage institutions and organisations from the Black Sea countries and facilitating the mutual relations. Multicultural and multidiverse events possess a strong potential to become traditional ones, as these correspond to the stakeholders aims and help them keep constantly updated. Additionally, the publicity of such forums and events attracts the users, which is additional benefit for the Black Sea tourist business.