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Dragon boats

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to create a news joint tourism product- Dragon Boats” along the Danube in the cbc area.

What’s the budget?

497,763.43 euro, out of which 423,098.90 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Agency for Regional Development and Business Center – Vidin (ARDBC Vidin) - Bulgaria

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Local Employers’ Association for Small and Middle Enterprises (LEASME) - Romania

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Association Consult-Group - Bulgaria

When is it happening?

Start date: 01.08.2018

End date: 31.10.2020

Duration: 27 months

Where is it happening?

7 counties in Romania

8 districtsin Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?                      

  • procurement of necessary equipment for the creation of the new joint tourism product
  • 10 alternative tourism seminars;
  • 10 Dragon boat festivals in Danube towns;
  • cross-border dragon triathlon 2 cross-border Dragon boat mini marathons in Bulgaria and Romania;
  • 6 one-day rowing simulation events in the bigger cities in the cbc area
  • Promotion of the developed tourism products and project events

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

Programme outputs: 735 expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction, 1 integrated tourism product, 1 management plan for valorizing the cultural and natural heritage

Programme results: increase of the number of overnights in the cbc area with 2000

Project status

The Project Implementation has been finalized on 31.10.2020;

The following main achievements have been reported so far:

- 2 press conferences have been held, in Calafat on 25.09.2018 and in Vidin on 11.10.2018;

- The project website has been elaborated: ;

- All the equipment foreseen for the Creation of technical capacity on behalf of LB have been delivered: a cargo van, 2 dragon boats, trailer for dragon boats, safety boat with trailer, floating dock, 40 life vests and the media equipment (wireless microphones, speakers, go pro camera, etc.)

- B2 have received 40 rows, 40 life vests, a drone and a sound system;

- 9 out of 10 alternative tourism seminars have been organized, promoting the upcoming events and coordinating the creation of a management plan for valorisation of water tourism:

Five in Bulgaria

1. in Lom on 12.06.2019 with 44 participants;

2. in Oryahovo on 14.06.2019 with 41 participants;

3. in Ruse on 18.06.2019 with 44 participants;

4. in Sviston on 20.06.2019 with 40 participants;

5. in Vidin on 25.06.2019 with 41 participants;

Three in Romania

1. in Drobeta Turnu Severin 02.07.2019 with 41 participants;

2. in Turnu Magurele on 06.07.2019 with 40 participants;

3. in Giurgiu on 08.07.2019 with 41 participants;

4. in Calafat on 22.10.2019 with 40 participants;

- The Dragon triathlon has been organized on 27-28 July 2019, with 80 participants, promoting the project and the unique nature of the Rabisha lake,situated close to the Magura cave in Bulgaria;

- A rowing simulator has been delivered to B3 and 5 out of 6 rowing simulation events with the help of the rowing simulator have been organized:

Three in Bulgaria

1. in Vratsa on 30.06.2019 with 62 participants;

2. in Pleven on 13.07.2019 with 58 participants;

3. in Veliko Tarnovo on 20.07.2019 with 59 participants;

Two in Romania

1. in Drobeta Turnu Severin on 03.07.2019 with 52 participants;

2. in Craiova with 58 participants;

- 1 mini dragon boat marathon has been organised in Orsova on 27-28 October, 2019 with 80 participants;

- 6 out of 10 ”Dragon boats” Festivals have been organised within the reported period as it follows:

1. in Lom on 5-6 September, 2019 with 80 participants;

2. in Oryahovo on 7-8 September, 2019 with 81 participants;

3. in Vidin on 25-26 October, 2019 with 94 participants;

4. in Calafat on 27-28 October, 2019 with 76 participants;

5. in Svishtov on 24-25 July, 2020 with 83 participants;

6. in Turnu Magurele on 26-27 July, 2020 with more than a 100 participants;

- A 50 minute ‘Dragon boats’ Movie have been elaborated and delivered in a digital version and on 500 DVD copies and can be found on , while the DVD copies have been disseminated during the events organized within the project;


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