- 11-04-2019 15:05
- Velizar Petrov
The five districts and the three tourist regions included in the South Central Planning Region supported the integrated strategy for slow, green and healthy tourism, developed under the INSiGHTS - Integrated Strategies for Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism.
This took place during a round table, attended by over 60 participants - deputy ministers, representatives of various ministries, regional and deputy regional governors, mayors, representatives of employers' and trade union organizations, representatives of the three tourism management organizations - Thrace, Valley of the roses and Rodopi, all Plovdiv universities, RDA BSC SMEs (Regional Development Agency with Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - Plovdiv), as well as experts from the Regional administrations of Plovdiv, Smolyan, Kardzhali, Pazardzhik and Haskovo
It was organized by RDA BSC SMEs (Regional Development Agency with Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - Plovdiv) within the framework of the project "INSiGHTS - Integrated Strategies for Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism", co-financed by the Transnational Cooperation Programme "Danube 2014-2020".
In the beginning Mr Zdravko Dimitrov - Regional Governor of Plovdiv District welcomed the participants and wished a fruitful presentation and discussions.
The focus of the round table was the presentation of the Strategy for Integrated and Sustainable Tourism of Plovdiv District 2019-2025 by Snezhana Alexandrova, Head of Coordination and European Integration Department at Regional Administration Plovdiv, which is an Associate Partner of the project.
The strategy includes the following four strategic objectives:
· Providing conditions for creating a favorable environment, business and living environment for development of integrated and sustainable tourism in Plovdiv region;
· Providing resources (human, financial, information and material) for the development of integrated and sustainable tourism in Plovdiv region;
· Providing conditions for development and management of specialized and integrated tourism in accordance with the potential of resources in Plovdiv region;
· Strengthening the interaction between the participants in the management and implementation of tourism and promoting interinstitutional and international cooperation to ensure the development of integrated and sustainable tourism in Plovdiv region.
The presentations were followed by lively discussions.
Mrs. Venelina Chervenkova, a representative of the Ministry of Tourism, expressed her satisfaction with the implementation of the INSiGHTS project and the developed Strategy for Integrated and Sustainable Tourism in Plovdiv 2019-2025. She recommended to develop a plan for the implementation of the Strategy and made some remarks to Annex 1 of the Strategy.
Ljurozar Fratev, Chairman of the Management Board of the Trakia Tourism Region Management Organization, presented the main commitments of the organization and noted the contribution of the strategic document for the creation of a regional tourist product and a marketing strategy for tourism development in the tourist region. He urged all municipalities to join as members of the three touristic regions Thrace, Rhodope and Valley of the roses tourist organizations. He expressed their satisfaction with the developed Strategy for Integrated and Sustainable Tourism in Plovdiv 2019-2025.
Velizar Petrov, Executive Director of the RDA BSC SMEs, expressed his satisfaction with the fruitful partnership with the Regional Administration of Plovdiv in the implementation of the project "INSiGHTS - Integrated Strategies for Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism" and announced that the active cooperation will continue in order to implement the following actions in this strategy. He thanked the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, managing authority of all INTERREG programs, for the opportunities for developing and implementing international projects, including the Danube Transnational Cooperation Program 2014-2020.
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