is the headline of a newspaper article, which we have received as part of the project idea. The press release was also a call to small and medium enterprises in Feldbach in the Styrian volcano land, to participate in the common package development for people over 55.
Twentyfour entrepreneurs followed the invitation. Owners from accomodations, restaurants, guides, cultural attractions, culinary tastings, souvenir-shop, gardens. Mrs. Adler-Neubauer presented the project, the cooperation of the target groups in the project and that it gives a change to look to other regions, exchange ideas and learn from the partners. Mrs. Neuhold presented the actual analysis by Tourism Feldbach and the participants were amazed at the range of offerings is given.
A workshop followed on the questions: What do you expect from the project? What can you bring as operating for the target group? In addition, we didinterviews by the representatives of senior citizens’ organizations with interesting suggestions. The result is a clear desire for a networked offer and its marketing. That is how we will do it. To the press articles
Introduction in EDEN Destination benchmark analysis and presentation of pilot EDEN destinations (Solcavsko, Vulkanland, Idrija, Sjeverni Velebit, Kolpa) and presentation of other partners. Additionally we had presentation of the EDEN Network and good practices in some other destinations in Europe. So we had time to talk about the particularities of each region with the meaning of life-long-learning.
In the afternoon the group was invited to a field presentation of storytelling guided walk and ethno Animation in the EDEN destination Solcavsko. Our study-tour ended up on the Panoramic Road with a breathtaking view over the valley. take a look to the pictures EDEN55plusNW Solcavsko
Start of the COSME project with the 1st steering committee meeting in Idrija. Development of a SMEs network in EDEN regions in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria and increase awarness of sustainable tourism. Presentation of draft Internal rules in five workpackages (WP) with annexes and approval by project partners.
WP1 Presentation of Guidelines to financial reporting and Finaces monitoring template. WP2 / WP3 Presentation of planned activities in next months with the target groups seniors, their organiszations and other NGOs, local communities, local tourism organizations, EDEN-Destination Stakeholders as tourism providers and other with tourism related SME´s. WP4 Presentation of content proposal for project website and plan for other communication and dissemination activities. WP5 Presentation of Monitoring quality and evaluation plan. After this first work on the round table followed an afternoon-visit with good practices and degustation of traditional culinary in Idrija.
Underground tour – tourist mine Anthony´s Shaft. We visited the second largest mercury mine in the world surely is a unique and pleasant experience. Anthony´s Shaft was first opened in the year 1500 and is known to be one of the oldest still preserved entrances into mines in Europe. It is also the oldest part of the mine in Idrija. Anthony´s Shaft presents the hard daily work rountine of miners, the precious cinnabar ore, drops of mercury and the unique and extraordinary underground chapel.
The short guided tour trough the center of Idrija toke us through the centre of town and presented the history of the oldest Slovenian mining town under UNESCO protection and its development. Idrija also is known for the lace festival every year in june and we degusted a newly developed cake with elements of idrija lace “The Rezi Cake”. Where intertwine the Idrija lace with mercury guests see the thread of history woven Features. More about Idrija: www.visit-idrija.si
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Those project partners, which present documents for product development and working with the various target groups at the 1st steering meeting, have met in Maribor to exchange their methods and to set various lists for SME Study tour and the pilot testing tour. Ad1 Presentation of SMEs study tours model Tanja Lešnik Štuhec has presented SMEs study tours model to the participants. In the group the model for SMEs study tours was upgraded. Ad2 Instructions for completing the model for SMEs study tours Tanja Lešnik Štuhec has explained the instructions for completing the documents for two days SMEs study tours: Solčavsko (5th-6th of September 2016) and Vulkanland (8th– 9th of November 2016). Ad3 Presentation of Pilot testing (PT) tours model Tanja Lešnik Štuhec has presented PT tours model to the participants. In the group the model was upgraded. Ad4 Instructions for completing the model for PT tours Tanja Lešnik Štuhec has explained the instructions for completing the document for five days pilot testing tour for women in Vulkanland-Solčavsko-Idrija (24th– 28th of April 2017) and pilot testing tour for couples River Kolpa-Sjeverni Velebit-Idrija (25th – 29th of May 2017).
“Developing the network of tourism products for seniors – building a cooperation along the tourism value chain for EDEN destinations in partner countries for more competitive and sustainable growth”
EDEN=European Destinations of Excellence, aims to promote sustainable tourism development models across the EU. The initiative is based on national competitions and promotional campaigns that result in the selection and promotion of a tourist ‘destination of excellence’ for each participating country.