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TWTLD (ROBG-290)

The Wrriten Treasures of Lower Danube

What’s the goal?

Overall project objective is encouraging joint conservation, protection, promotion and development of the written intangible cultural heritage of the RO–BG CBC region through diversification of tourist services and literary tourism development, as a major factor for using and exploiting common advantages and potentials, and overcoming discrepancies.

What’s the budget?

486 028.75 euro, out of which 413 124.43 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Global Libraries Bulgaria Foundation

Beneficiary 2: Alexandru & Aristia Aman Dolj County Library

Beneficiary 3: „Lyuben Karavelov” Regional Library

When is it happening?

Start date: 10.10.2018

End date: 08.10.2020

Duration: 23 Months and 29 Days

Where is it happening?

Craiova – in Romania

Sofia, Ruse – in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • A new integrated tourist product Lower Danube Cross-border Destination for Literary Tourism (Lower Danube CBDLT)
  • Two pilot modern and innovative for the whole region literary tourist attractions will be created in the libraries in Ruse and Craiova, based on the newest digital technologies,
  • At least 5 literature tourist packages and 5 tourist routes will be created in the cross-border region
  • Two international literary festivals.
  • An Integrated Development Strategy of Lower Danube CBDLT worked out with the active participation of all kind of stakeholders in the CBC region;
  • A Three Year Action Plan for Management of the New Lower Danube CBDLT;
  • A Strategic plan for Cross-border network of stakeholders development will be prepared
  • An Innovative Marketing strategy for internationally promoting the new image of Lower Danube CBDLT.

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

Programme outputs: Increase in expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction, 2 integrated tourism products/services created, 4 common strategies, policies or management plans for valorising (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses.

Programme results: increase of the number of overnights in the cbc area with 4.320.

Project status

The project is under implementation, with the following results reported so far:

The first opening press-conference for the project took place in Craiova in December 2018. Publicity materials - 4 roll-up banners and 4000 leaflets have been prepared and disseminated accordingly.  The Communication Strategy of the project has been developed.

Two of the most impactful activities of the project are Work Package T1 “Conducting regional research and working out Integrated Sustainable Development Strategy of the Written Treasures of Lower Danube Cross-Border Destination for Literature Tourism” and Work Package T3 “Developing cross-border tourist packages and routes in WTLD CBDLT” were finalized. As a result of the completion of the Work Package T1,the Research and the Integrated Strategy for Sustainable Development of The Written Treasures of Lower Danube Cross-border Destination for Literary Tourism was delivered on 20.05.2020. Also, from the completion of the Work Package T3 resulted 10 integrated Bulgaria-Romania cross-border literary tourism products: 5 cross-border literary tourist routes and 5 cross-border literary tourist packages. The development of the cross-border tourist packages and routes in Written Treasures of Lower Danube Cross-border Destination for Literary Tourism wasBeneficiary 2 - Alexandru & Aristia Aman Dolj County Library and Beneficiary 3 - „Lyuben Karavelov” Regional Library’s responsibility.

All the project outputs (Research, Strategy, the 10 integrated cross-border literary tourist packages etc.) will be soon available on the project website which can be accessed at the address https://twtld.com/web/ .

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