After intensive project months (implementation of the questionnaires with SMEs, seniors and TIC/ITA, organization of the Tourism related Study Tour in Solcavsko, many internal project meetings etc) all partners met on the 12th and 13th September2016 at “Northern Velebit National Park” Public Institution Headquarters in Krasno, Croatia.
Steering Committee Meetings are good places to talk and discuss activities done in the past and to look in the future how to manage further project steps to reach the milestones and deliverables. And of course, with cross-border meetings we foster transnational cooperation, exchange best practice experience and knowledge transfer among pilot EDEN destinations.
The focus on our work is to create new cross-border EDEN destination tourism products with in-depth experiences. So it was helpful to get to know Krasno and Northern Velebit National Park as a good example of practice as EDEN destination.
After whole-day presentations, program consisted of visiting good practices with degustation of traditional culinary: visit of Our Lady of Krasno Sanctuary – one of the best known Marian Sanctuaries in Croatia; visit of Forestry Museum – dedicated to the first Croatian Forest Office – Forestry Office Krasno – the cradle of sustainable forestry in Croatia and presentation of local products.
A project partner summarized as follows: “I was interested in all topics that were presented today – we received a lot of useful information about further project activities and their implementation”.
Big Thank you to everyone, especially to NVNP who organized the 2 days!
According to the project EDEN55plusNW Agencija M was responsible for preparing tourism related SME’s study tour in Solčavsko on 5th and 6th of September 2016.
We were responsible for accommodation, meals, entrance fees for the museums and events and guiding on the spot. In our organization was also bus transport and escort guiding on the tour.
We chose the bus and tourist company Pohorje tours from Slovenska Bistrica for the transport and tour escort guiding for the services in Solčavsko. The tour was guided in three languages (Slovene, Croatian and German).
In our opinion Solčava program was very well prepared, perhaps a little bit too stuffed. But this is understandable, because our hosts want to present themselves with everything they have to offer.
Suitability of the program:
Solčavsko – Harmony of three valleys: short film and permanent exhibition “Solčavsko – a walk into the lap of Alps” was very appropriate, short enough and educational.
Experience guided walk through the Landscape park Logarska dolina – for 55+ and 55+ couples we have to consider the difficulty of the walking tour.
Solčava Panoramic Road – organized bus access to the road is great, because it allows older people to enjoy beautiful views, which they could not experience by themselves.
Felt making– workshop with wool of local Jezersko- Solčava sheep breed and culinary worshop for making local specialities – very interesting and appropriate for women 55+. For couples we should consider another workshop, more appropriate for men.
Storytelling guided walk, ethno animation and ethno dinner interactive performance were the best choice for our goal groups. Although people don’t understand the language, they can understand the meaning of the show. To make easier the understanding, we suggest to prepare brochure with written summary of the happening.
Culinary was excellent, but we should consider smaller portions with optional supplement.
Agencija M, Maribor 8.9.2016
People who love their home form their habitat with joy and take their lives with confidence in their own hands. These people and their products, cultural heritage and natural beauty are in the focus of our project.
With the meaning of „Slow down and feel the life of EDEN“ we plan and test vacation packages in EDEN regions without artificial animation, attractions and actions. Rather offers from and with people who tell stories, produce itself courageously, offer and market cooperative vacation packages and sell them with confidence and pride. One thing makes the products sooooo valuable: they are filled with producers’heart and producers‘ soul.
The EDEN network is filled with cooperation which will be created different distinctive offers. These offers are for guests who are looking for the authentic and genuine holiday. With EDEN we have the opportunity to bring together those people, to strengthen and promote them in their actions.
We take this passion and positive atmosphere from Solcavsko back home and look forward visiting the Styrian vulcano land.
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