ABOUT PROJECT

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SaBS: SAILING ACROSS THE BLACK SEA

Joint Operational Programme „Black Sea Basin 2014-2020”, financed from European Union Funds

Implementation period: 22.08.2018 – 21.08.2020

Main applicant and coordinator: Port Authority of Alexandroupolis 

Partner 1: Sport fishing Club "Glarus" 

Partner 2: International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis

This project supports the cooperation between three partners from different countries with similar social, economic, geographical characteristics (Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia). Moreover, these countries share common cultural background since people travelling between ports of these countries and trading goods has been taking place for millenniums. Modern tourism routes are the outcome of these bonds that need to be enhanced in order to achieve maximum cross-border cooperation between bodies/businesses in all participating countries.
 
The basic idea that delivers the basis for the proposed project is the cooperation between bodies from the three countries to address common factors that create obstacles to tourism flows between the Black Sea ports and North Aegean Sea ports, while investing in means to enhance the capabilities of the participating bodies regarding their involvement in the tourist market.
 
More specifically, some of the most important outcomes of the project are:
- The development of 6 new tourist routes aiming to create sailing trips (2 in each country), emphasizing in cultural heritage attractions.
- The establishment of new floating docks to host tourist boats that are not able to visit the north Aegean Sea due to severe lack of infrastructure.
- The deployment of an new eco-friendly tourist boat that is going to travel to the newly created tourist routes from Burgas port.
- The establishment of three separate but integrated into one network tourist offices (1 in each country)
- The elaboration of a complete guide-manual for boat owners that want to travel between black sea ports and north Aegean Ports.
- The establishment of movable info points to approach stakeholders and tourists
- The establishment of an interactive database for the virtualization of the routes providing open access to the information.
- The implementation of a grand program of international and national events that are going to emphasize on ways to enhance tourism flows between participating countries.
 
Cross border cooperation is the only mean of approaching sustainable tourist development while at the same time enhancing common cultural heritage and crossborder business opportunities.



Project Objective
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The project’s overall objective is to develop new maritime tourist routes alongside with the enhancement of the crossborder tourist flows leading to cross-border business opportunities and exchange best practices in the field of tourism development. Cross-border cooperation is targeted through joint efforts to enhance tourism flows and deliver new tourist product's alongside with supportive means such as a network of tourist offices and guide for boat owners that want to travel between Black Sea Countries.

Project Results
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Outcomes of the project are:
- The development of 6 new tourist routes aiming to create sailing trips (2 in each country), emphasizing in cultural heritage attractions.
- The establishment of new floating docks to host tourist boats that are not able to visit the north Aegean Sea due to severe lack of infrastructure.
- The deployment of an new eco-friendly tourist boat that is going to travel to the newly created tourist routes from Burgas port.
- The establishment of three separate but integrated into one network tourist offices (1 in each country)
- The elaboration of a complete guide-manual for boat owners that want to travel between black sea ports and north Aegean Ports.
- The establishment of movable info points to approach stakeholders and tourists
- The establishment of an interactive database for the virtualization of the routes providing open access to the information.
- The implementation of a grand program of international and national events that are going to emphasize on ways to enhance tourism flows between participating countries.