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Danube region commits to sustainable mobility in tourism
22.03.2017















Over 100 participants, representatives from ministries, national and regional organizations and municipalities attended the Kick-Off Conference of the EU-project Transdanube.Pearls in Belgrade on 1st March 2017. The conference was hosted by the Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia (RARIS) and supported by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection. The event followed a two-day partner meeting in which 15 financing project partners from 9 countries discussed the upcoming actions to foster sustainable mobility and tourism along the Danube for inhabitants and tourists.

On the basis of a successful collaboration in the previous EU-project Transdanube, funded under the former South East Europe Programme and under the leadership of the Environment Agency Austria, the project partners of the new project Transdanube.Pearls emphasize the need to establish sustainable mobility solutions and tourist services that rely on the use of eco-friendly means of transport such as trains, busses, ships or bikes. For this purpose, a network of destinations (Transdanube.Pearls) committed to sustainable mobility in tourism will be developed, with the goal to improve sustainable mobility to, within and between these destinations, aiming to reduce the need for private car transport. This will create a unique selling proposition for the participating destinations, increase the attractiveness of the whole Danube region and above all, reduce the negative impact on the environment. The EU-project will last for 2,5 years and is co-funded by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme with an overall budget of 2.9 Million Euro. The project Transdanube.Pearls is bringing together a strong partnership consortium, composed of 15 financing project partners and 24 associated strategic partners, including ministries, regional and national development agencies, cities, regions, NGOs, non-profit organisations and tourism/transport associations. The Kick-Off Conference took place in Belgrade back to back with a workshop of THE PEP Partnership on Cycling. A shared vision and common actions addressing challenges such as the negative impact of transport on the environment and the implementation of sustainable mobility in tourism along the Danube are of high importance, as outlined by Günther Lichtblau, Head of the Department Mobility and Noise of the Environmental Agency Austria. He further argued, that it is important to develop the Danube region as European brand. A first step was the ceremonial signing of the Common Vision for Sustainable Mobility in Tourism, developed in the forerunner project Transdanube by the new project partners and stakeholders. Furthermore, good practices from the mobility and tourism sector were presented and discussed such as the success story of the Alpine Pearls, the competences of the Mobility Information Center Burgenland or the positive impact of cycling tourism on local and regional economies.

During the project lifetime each destination will foster sustainable mobility in tourism through a comprehensive set of actions, such as the implementation of mobility information centers and mobility managers, the elaboration of dedicated capacity building measures for local and regional stakeholders and the improvement of information on mobility and tourism for inhabitants and tourists. In addition to that, pilot actions on bike rental, carriage, parking systems or cycling paths will be carried out in order to enhance sustainable mobility along the Danube. In summer 2017, experts from the mobility and tourism sector will travel along the Danube for 21 days using only sustainable means of transport! This tour will provide valuable inputs about the relevant touristic points of interest, the possibilities to get there with sustainable mobility services and the availability and accessibility of information on sustainable means of transport to, between and within future Pearls.


News
22.03.2017
Danube region commits to sustainable mobility in tourism
15 organisations from 9 European countries along the Danube encourage the development of a Network of Destinations (Pearls) to offer their visitors and inhabitants the possibility to travel and explore the Danube region with sustainable means of transport.
 
23.09.2014
Final conference on project TRANSDANUBE
It marks the official end of a 2-year collaboration between 14 project partners from six countries along the Danube
 
02.09.2014
Sixth partner meeting and Final conference on project TRANSDANUBE
From 8 to 11 September 2014 will be held the Sixth partner meeting and the Final conference of project TRANSDANUBE Sustainable Transport and Tourism along the Danube, in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
 
04.07.2014
Travelling eco-friendly along the Danube
Interactive Map \"Danube Tour\" supports tourists who would like to travel along the Danube by bus, train, boat and on foot
 
23.05.2014
Fifth partner meeting on project TRANSDANUBE was held in Tulcea, Romania
The meeting was attended by representatives of all project partners from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria
 
09.05.2014
Fifth partner meeting on project TRANSDANUBE in Tulcea, Romania
The workshop will begin with meeting of the Project Steering Committee where will be discussed the current status of the project implementation
 
28.04.2014
Regional administration Vidin will hold two seminars on project TRANSDANUBE - Sustainable Transport and Tourism along Danube
On the seminars will be presented products developed in the framework of the project Regional Marketing
 
18.02.2014
The Fourth partner meeting on project TRANSDANUBE ended in Veszprem, Hungary
The members of the team actively joined the organized sessions related with information exchange in the field of tourism, tourism packages and proposals for sustainable transport
 
17.02.2014
The participation of Vidin region on the International Tourist Fair HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO 2014 ended
Vidin region was presented with a unique stand
 
11.02.2014
Fourth partner meeting on project TRANSDANUBE in Veszprem, Hungary
Representatives from Regional administration Vidin will take part in the Fourth partner meeting on project
 
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