Building effective partnerships at the destination level between cultural and tourism sectors as well as between local government authorities.

Project information

Index: 1328R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location BULGARIA SEVERNA I IZTOCHNA BULGARIA Yugoiztochen Start/End date of the practice
Start: 7 December 2012
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

Improving the offer and developing innovative pilot projects that encourage visitors to stay longer and engage with local culture & heritage. Involving all stakeholders from the public, private & voluntary sectors and all tourism-related providers for sustainable tourism development. Interregional and transnational cooperation and networking for raising awareness in cultural & heritage tourism.

Good Practice Information

Encourage cooperation at the local level, involving public, private and voluntary sector, local authorities and relevant state agencies.
Partnership among Municipalities is a result of the necessity to offer a whole tourist product based on the variety of resources, elaboration and implementation of common programs, projects and policies facilitating the development of the entire region.

In April, 2009 as a result of an informal partnership, the Union of South-East Region Local Authorities (USERLA), Bulgaria, was founded as a non-governmental, non for profit organization.
USERLA became a member of the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN).
USERLA organized “Effective partnerships café” with representatives from Tourist associations from SE Bulgaria within CHARTS project event.

Evidence of success

USERLA Bulgaria, as a non-statutory, voluntary effective partnership, has demonstrated achievements in terms of promoting regional image and identity, including joint presence in cultural & sustainable tourism promotion events.
Other partnerships showed results including tourism development, culture and heritage preservation and promotion, cooperation between culture, heritage & tourism sectors.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Kamer Ahmedov

Burgas Municipality, Member of Union of South-East Region Local Authorities,

Annex completed on: 03-27-2014

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