Final meeting 28.5.-30.5.2019 in Slovenia

Final meeting 28.5.-30.5.2019 in Slovenia

Partners have met for the last time within the INSiGHTS project in Slovenia. The Final Event, hosted by Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia, took place in Litija on May 29, 2019. There were selected key speakers talking about the green, slow and healthy tourism and the project's results were presented by the partners. The panel discussions led to interesting exchanges. The following day project partners met in Ljubljana to discuss the lessons learned over the past 36 months.

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  • [Translate to English:] Mr Zoltan Bara, Pons Danubii presenting the INSiGHTS project
  • [Translate to English:] INSiGHTS project partners at the entrance to the Sitarjevec mine
  • [Translate to English:] Round table on Promotion of green and healthy lifestyle through sustainable tourism
  • [Translate to English:] INSiGHTS project partners at the guided tour of the Bogenšperk castle

INSiGHTS – Integrated Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism Strategies

Tourism in a green and healthy way? It is the only way!

How can we make regions more attractive to tourists in a green and healthy way?

The project INSiGHTS is about finding solutions for this question by developing tourism strategies, which do not only make a region more attractive to tourists, but also protect its natural and cultural resources. All regions in INSiGHTS have outstanding natural and cultural resources, and at the same time they have a great potential related to the fast-growing recreational trend of slow, green and healthy tourism.

What are the main outcomes of the project?

The development of eight integrated sustainable tourism strategies that will be developed by the partner regions and will be adaptable all across the Danube-region.

 Partnership

Partner countries

Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Lead partner

Pons Danubii European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (Slovakia)

Project partner

  • Pons Danubii European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (Slovakia)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria)
  • CEEweb for Biodiversity (Hungary)
  • Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia (Slovenia)
  • Harghita County Council (Romania)
  • Zala County Government (Hungary)
  • Local Action Group “Central Istria” (Croatia)
  • Regional Development Agency with Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Bulgaria)
  • Donautal-Aktiv e.V. (Germany)
  • Regional Economic Development Agency for Šumadija and Pomoravlje (Serbia)
  • Plovdiv District Administration (Bulgaria)
  • Istrian Region – Administrative Department for Tourism (Croatia)
  • Komárom-Esztergom County (Hungary)


Duration

1. 1. 2017 - 30. 6. 2019

Funding

The project is co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA)
Programme: Interreg Danube Transnational Programme


Value: 2,308,170.55 EUR

 

Find INSiGHTS on

Web page: www.interreg-danube.eu/insights Here you can also subscribe to the project newsletter!

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/InsightsDanube

Twitter page: twitter.com/INSiGHTS_Danube

Contact

Alice Wanner M.A.

Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna


Peter-Jordan-Straße 82
1190 Wien
Tel.: +43/1/47654-85325
Email: alice.wanner(at)boku.ac.at

Present activites

  • Director of Pons Danubii, Zoltán Bara.
  • More than 80 participants were present at the public event at Pikant Pajta in Ferencmajor.
  • The mayor of Tata, József Michl.

Kick-off-meeting 27.-28.2.2017 in Hungary

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) with its Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning is partner in a € 2.3 million research project together with 13 other partners from the Danube Region. The INSiGHTS project successfully started with a kick-off meeting and a public launching event on February 27 and 28,, 2017 in Tata, Hungary. The main objective of this project, co-funded by the European Union (ERFD, IPA), is to develop coordinated policies and actions to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural assets in the Danube Region as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies.

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  • Prof. Ulrike Pröbstl-Haider, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Zóltan Bara, Director Pons Danubii
  • INSiGHTS project partners at their 2. thematic meeting in Vienna

Internal thematic meeting 10.5.2017 in Vienna

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) was the host of the second project meeting on sustainable tourism strategies. The participants discussed the applicability of the Self-Assessment Manual in practice and their respective results. The project partners underlined the usefulness of the tool developed by the BOKU Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning and discussed next steps such as the planning of so-called “Walkshops” with joint excursions, the implementation of “Critical Classrooms” and special “Master classes”.

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Internal thematic meeting and study visit 28.-30.6.2017 in Serbia

The Regional Economic Development Agency for Šumadija and Pomoravlje from Kragujevac hosted the first multilateral “Walkshop” and third internal thematic meeting in Aranđelovac, Serbia. Study visits enabled the projectpartners to gain impressions of the region and its local specialities and best practice examples of local tourism facilities. The “Master class” not just joined by numerous local stakeholders, but also by representatives of national institutions. Prof. Ulrike Pröbstl-Haider from BOKU University, Vienna, presented product development in tourism and pointed out the importance of unique and authentic experiences for guests of a certain destination. In the “Critical Classroom” partners analysed strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of Plovdiv area and the region of Šumadija and Pomoravlje. The Bulgarian region of Plovdiv had hosted the first bilateral meeting in the mid of June.

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Internal thematic meeting and study visit 17.-20.10.2017 in Croatia

LAG Central Istria hosted the second multilateral walkshop and fourth internal thematic meeting in Motovun in Central Istria. Study visits to various tourist attractions in the surroundings provided insights into the diversity of offers in Central Istria. They provided the basis for the SWOT workshop, problem analysis and the identification of alternative solutions in the concluding critical classroom. Daniela Beck from BOKU University, Vienna, presented the results of the status quo synthesis and the EU-level policy inventory during the internal thematic meeting.

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  • Project partners in front of the Clattering Forest School
  • Clattering Forest School (educational railway carriage) in Csömödér
  • Ppottery workshop of Rezső Csótár in Szentgyörgyvölgy
  • Tractor tour to Hetés

Internal thematic meeting and study visit 6.-9.3.2018 in Hungary

Zala County Government hosted the internal thematic meeting, multilateral walkshop and SCOM meeting in Lenti in Hungary. Prof. Ulrike Pröbstl-Haider from BOKU University hold a Master Class on stakeholder involvement for tourism and product development. She was also facilitator of the Critical Classroom. In the course of the study visits, project partners experienced various local attractions with potential for slow, green and healthy tourism development. At the 1st year review of the INSiGHTS project the status of the project implementation and progress of the work packages were discussed in the presence of Mr. Gusztáv Csomor, the project officer from the Joint Secretariat of the Danube Transnational Programme.

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  • Project partner on the taiga educational trail in the peat bog
  • Szekler gates in Băile Szejke/Szejkefürdő
  • Sporting facilites in the salt mine in Praid/Parajd
  • Butterfly house in Praid/Parajd

Internal thematic meeting and study visit 18.-21.6.2018 in Romania

Harghita County Council hosted the SCOM meeting, internal thematic meeting and multilateral walkshop in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely in Romania. Michael Meyer from CEEweb was moderator of the Master Class on tourism destination management schemes and product development. During the steering committee meeting and the thematic meeting in the Septimia Resort project management issues and communication activities were discussed along with the methodological guide for national tourism policy assessment. Study visits to the best practice examples of the Harghita region enabled project partners to gain insights in the various local attractions with potential for slow, green and healthy tourism development. The walkshop closed with the critical classroom in which integrated management schemes were discussed.

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Internal thematic meeting 22.-23.11.2018 in Komárno, Slowakei

Internal thematic meeting 22.-23.11.2018 in Komárno, Slowakei

The lead partner Pons Danubii EGTC invited project partners to Komarno in Slovakia for a thematic meeting. Michael Meyer of CEEweb and Prof.Dr. Ulrike Pröbstl-Haider from BOKU lead discussions onfuture publications and project results. The steering committee and thematic meeting centred on sustainable tourism marketing and integrated management schemes. In addition, project partners were given the opportunity to presen current developments of their pilot actions.

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