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New destinations in cross-border tourism

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to promote cooperation among institutions and people by using the cultural and natural resources in a sustainable touristic way.

What’s the budget?

1,364,438.31 euro, out of which 1,159,772.56 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Varshets Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): The Oltenia Museum in Craiova (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 30.08.2018

End date: 29.03.2022

Duration: 43 months

Where is it happening?

Dolj in Romania

Montana in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • Cultural tourism;
  • Balneal-climatic services;
  • Scientific/academic tourism;
  • Promotion and information platform;
  • Awareness campaign.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 4 integrated tourism products created, 1 Cooperation agreement & a strategy of cooperation, 11,663 visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction.

Programme results: 16,100 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project is finalized.

The project is finalized.

The Cultural-Tourist Conference of the project was organized in the period 30.06 – 02.07.2021 by B2, in Craiova. It was attended by 45 participants.

A press conference was organized, attended by the officials of Dolj County Council and Varshets Municipality and mass media representatives from Craiova and Varshets. During the conference, a demonstration of the operation of the new interactive equipment from the Department of Natural Sciences (hologram, interactive totems, virtual assistants and interactive table), purchased within the project, took place.

The Paleontology Conference of the project was organized in the period 15.03.2022 – 16.03.2022 by the LB, in Varshets. The conference was attended by the officials from Dolj County Council and Varshets Municipality and mass media from Craiova and Varshets. All participants received promotional materials.

It was completed the installation of the equipment at the 3 sections of the Museum of Oltenia (B2). In April 2021, artefacts from the 3 sections of the Museum of Oltenia were 3D scanned and along with the 3D objects scanned by Varshets Municipality are displayed on the hologram and on the 3 interactive totems. Also, a database with pictures & clips from Craiova and Varshets was created.

3 exhibitors were purchased, which are now displayed at the 3 sections of the Museum of Oltenia and are promoting the 3 types of tourism - cultural, academic and balneal.

The works on the investment objective: “Paleopark, Fence and Information Centre with Exposure Area”, were completed. The site "Paleopark, Fence and Information Center with Exposure Area" was put into operation with the issuance of Certificate no. 10/14.10.2021 by Chief Architect of Varshets municipality.

The Cooperation agreement (translated in Bulgarian and Romanian) with strategy of cooperation, between the partners was signed after the official opening of the Paleopark on 15.03.2022. The Strategy was prepared in English language. Both documents are available on the project website at the following links:

The “Common Tourist Information Center” part of the investment objective, namely “Paleo Park and Information Center with Exhibition Area in Varshets”, consists in distribution of promotional materials in order to present the cross-border tourist offer for the three types of tourism, developed within the project. In addition, tourists can watch the movies developed under the project. This is a common service, and it is coordinated with info-desks in the Oltenia Museum sections, which displayed these materials.

The presentation film and two virtual tours are uploaded on the website of the project and can be accessed at the following link:

The final conference of the project was organized by LB in town of Varshets on 17th of March 2022 with 55 participants, promoting the results achieved during the project implementation and the new developed tourist products and services: Cultural tourism, Balneal-climatic tourism, Scientific / academic tourism and Common Tourist Information center.


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