Final events were organized in Alexandroupolis, Greece from 25 to 27 May, 2022, under the project e TOURIST
Final events were organized in Alexandroupolis, Greece from 25 to 27 May, 2022, under the project e TOURIST, with a leading partner Regional Association of Municipalities "Maritsa" under the Cooperation Program INTERREG V-A-Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020. Representatives of administrations, community centers and business from Haskovo region took part, who had the opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of their colleagues in Greece, to exchange experiences and ideas and to plan joint projects to improve the tourism potential of border areas. The events were organized by the three Project partners from Greece - Association of Municipalities DIMOSINETERISTICS EUROS SA; Ethnographic Museum of Thrace - Ageliki Gianakidou in Alexandroupolis and Partnership of Active Citizens. The participants were acquainted with the achieved results of the project, as well as presented gastronomic and wine routes in the region, as a key tool for the perspective of cross-border development, complementing the attractions of southern Bulgaria and northern Greece, established as a factor in the development of the tourism sector.
The interest of the hosts, citizens and guests of Alexandroupoli was aroused by the organized exhibition of customs and products presented by the participants from Haskovo region during the two-day festival - part of the final events..
Apart from having the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful costumes from the Haskovo region and feel the rhythm coming from the heart while catching the Bulgarian dance, the Greek participants also tasted the unique taste of milk and dairy products, sausages and local specialties, wine and honey, which the Bulgarian participants offered them with a smile and neighborly goodwill.
For their part, the Greek partners had taken care to present the region of Evros with manufactured products typical of their region, as well as the traditions that accompany them to the present day. The Bulgarian delegation tasted prepared traditional dishes, for which everyone agreed that they are very similar to the Bulgarian ones - not only because of their taste, but also because of the love with which they are prepared. Love - which brings people together and for which there are no borders.
At the end of the third day, all participants shook hands to work for everything that unites the people on both sides of the border and especially for achieving growth that will provide other opportunities for lasting and promising partnerships.
The e TOURIST project practically ended with these final events, but certainly during their implementation many partnerships with a promising future were launched..
The project explored the natural and cultural heritage and traditional foods and wines of the Haskovo and Evros districts, which can be read on the interactive digital web portal "Cultural and Natural Heritage of Haskovo-Evros": https://www.maritza-evros.euand https://etourist.dimossin.gr. There, an application with routes and information about cultural and natural sites on the territory of the two border areas can be downloaded to any mobile device. The application also offers many interesting facts about traditional cuisine and wine, typical for the regions of Haskovo and Evros.
Promoting and developing the natural and cultural heritage of the Bulgarian-Greek cross-border region through smart and electronic instruments - eTOURIST
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