Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:11
The VeRoTour project ended successfully during a major event organized in Turkey, entitled Venetian Routes : a transnational cultural route from Venice to Istanbul – united in diversity for intercultural and sustainable tourism development.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Bilkent University, and Mocha Tours, in cooperation with Veneto Region and UNWTO organized a two-day event in Bodrum, on 17 October 2014 and in Istanbul, on 18 October 2014, to present project results while emphasizing the added value of the Venetian routes project for the diversification of cultural tourism offer and development of thematic clusters of SMEs. The events involved European, national, local stakeholders and all project partners. On 17 October, in Bodrum an educational tour was addressed to tourism operators, local stakeholders and project partners which raised awareness about the opportunity of developing tourism products around this theme and encouraged professional . The educational tour was followed by a conference in the Castle of Bodrum, in the English tower where the Director of the Museum of Underwater Archeology, Mr. Emel Özkan, Ilhan Ersan, of Bodrum Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Antonio Ionio, Consul of Italy in Izmir welcomed the guests. On 18 October, in Istanbul, a conference took place in Topkapi palace. The guests were welcomed by Mr. Mesut Özbek, Director of Foreign relations and EU Coordination of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and by the Ambassador of Italy in Turkey, Mr. Gianpaolo Scarante. Mr. Marino Finozzi, Ministry for Tourism of Veneto Region, the leader of VeRoTour project gave initial addresses to the discussion. The thematic session was chaired by Prof. Mehmet Kalpakli, from Bilkent University. Ms. Penelope Denu, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, in Luxembourg illustrated the Council of Europe cultural routes Program while Mr. Paolo Rosso, Director of Tourism Department of Veneto Region and Ms. Silvia Lecci, project coordinator of VeRoTour project presented Veneto Region tourism strategy and the results of the project. Project results and future perspectives were also presented by Mr. Pietrangelo Petteno’ (Administrator of Marco Polo System EEIG) and Mr. Daniele Sferra (Marco Polo System EEIG). The international dimension of the partnership as well as the contribution of each partner to the Venetian routes project were illustrated by Ms. Alla Peressolova (Silk Road Program Manager), Dimitris Michelogiannis (Councillor, Region of Crete), Francesco Martines (Mayor of Palmanova Municipality), Sanja Cinkopan (Director of Pula Tourism Office), Majlinda Hafizi (Director of the Albanian Tourism Service Office), Gianangelo Bellati (Director of the Association of Veneto Region Chambers of Commerce and Member of the Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce). The partners defined a Memorandum of Understanding to continue their cooperation for the development of the Venetian routes and cultural and tourism activities related to this trans-national route in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Published on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:09
The final events of the VeRoTour project will take place in Turkey from 16 to 19 October 2014. After 18 months of project during the which partners have developed the network and pilot tourism products by sailing boat along the historical Venetian routes, the journey ends in Istanbul where the Venetian routes cross the ancient Silk Road. Two events will take place in Bodrum and in Istanbul, in the framework of a major event entitled: Venetian Routes : a transnational cultural route from Venice to Istanbul – united in diversity for intercultural and sustainable tourism development. Both events are organized by University of Bilkent and Mocha tour operator, in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism and Culture of the Republic of Turkey, Veneto Region and UNWTO. On 17 October, in Bodrum an educational tour will be addressed to tourism operators, local stakeholders and project partners in order to raise awareness about the opportunity of developing tourism product around this theme. The educational tour will be followed by a conference in the Castle of Bodrum about the value of networking with multidisciplinary stakeholders in Turkey, for intercultural dialogue and development of the Venetian routes in Turkey as the western stretch of the Silk Road. On 18 October, in Topkapi Palace, in Istanbul, all project partners will present project results and discuss on future perspectives of their cooperation. The discussion will be further placed in a larger framework and a long-term cooperation thanks to the contribution that will be given by the European Institute of Cultural Routes of Luxembourg, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, The Ambassador of Italy in Turkey.
Published on Sunday, 06 April 2014 16:50
The first navigation of the trans-national travel on sailing boats recalling the ancient Venetian maritime trades routes foreseen by the WP 3 “Developing Pilot Maritime Tourism Products along Venetian Routes “ took place from 30 April to 4 May along the route Venice-Piran/Pirano-Novigrad/Cittanova and back to Venice.
The “Venetian fleet” was composed by two 12 meters length sailing boats “Arina” (photo) and White Moon”.
The navigation started on 30th boats reached the berthing in S.Elena at 2030 hours for the overnight stay. On 1st May the sailing convoy has left the Venetian lagoon at 0600 hours After 8 hours of navigation at an average speed of 6 knots, mostly with only sailing propulsion, it was approached the Slovenian coasts at 1400 hours and reached the berthing in Piran in front of Square Tartini at 1600 hours.
Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 19:51
Two major events promoted and strengthened partnership around the VeRoTour project, in the framework of one of the most successful international tourism fairs in the world, the ITB Berlin. On March 5th Veneto Region Ministry for Tourism, Mr. Marino Finozzi, participated at the 4th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers' Meeting at ITB Berlin 2014 on the invitation of UNWTO. This Meeting brought Ministers of Tourism together to discuss how Silk Road countries can advance the visa facilitation agenda in 2014/2015 and beyond and the VeRoTour project as well as the cooperation between UNWTO and Regione Veneto was underlined at different points of UNWTO speeches. On March 6th a very successful event was co-organized by Regione Veneto – Tourism Department, in close cooperation with UNWTO. This event gathered a large number of tour operators, media representatives local authorities along the routes and European bodies. It raised awareness about the Venetian routes development and promoted networking and exchange of ideas on how to develop Venetian cultural route product
Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 15:49
Veneto Region and the Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce exhibited VeRoTour project in a stand completely devoted to the project. The participation to ITTFA Belgrade 2014 was a very good opportunity to increase visibility of VeRoTour project during a key tourism fair fot the Ionian and Adriatic region. Many tourism operators, media and SMEs working in the areas crossed by this cultural route project visited the stand of VeRoTour project and showed interest in developing the route locally or supporting the product development for tourists.
Published on Friday, 29 November 2013 17:47
The first workshop for SMEs was organized by Forum of the Adriatic and Ionian Chambers of Commerce, the Association of Chambers of Commerce of Veneto Region and Regione Veneto – Tourism Department. It aimed at providing a platform for information and shared work among the SMEs in the Veneto region on the theme of the Venetian routes, cultural and sustainable tourism as well as ICT development for Tourism in order to raise awareness about this project and create new opportunities for networking and tourist product development.
Published on Thursday, 28 November 2013 17:46
The first steering committee meeting aimed at agreeing the road map of the different WPs development. All project partners validated the project visual identity and defined the strategic addresses concerning the development of the Venetian routes. The Steering Committee was preceded by a magnificent visit to the Textile and Costume Museum in Palazzo Mocenigo and by the visit to the historic weaving craft company Luigi Bevilacqua, both sited in historic centre of Venice.
Published on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 17:44
The VeRoTour project will be promoted in the stand of Regione Veneto in the International tourism Fair of World Travel Market, in London, from 4 to 6 November 2013.
Published on Saturday, 15 June 2013 17:43
The first project workshop was held in Venice, at Venice International University, on 14 June 2013. It gathered the international public-private partners of the project which presented their experiences in terms of enhancement of cultural heritage linked to the strong connections between the Republic of Venice and the other countries in the Euro-Mediterranean area through touristic and cultural activities (18 project partners from six countries brought their experiences). Mrs Ilona Lelonek Husting from the European Commission – Dg Enterprise and Industry presented EU Tourism Policy. Moreover, the presentation of one of the more dynamic Council of Europe cultural routes, Transromanica, showed the functioning of a transnational network of a cultural takens into consideration for a long term working network. The audience of the workshop was comprised of students, Venetian maritime authorities, Venetian cultural operators, Consulates in Veneto region of the VeRoTour countries.
Published on Friday, 14 June 2013 17:38
KICK-OFF MEETING OF THE PROJECT VEROTOUR 13.06.2013, VENICE
The kick-off meeting among the project partners took place in Venice, on 13 June 2013, at Venice International University premises. The San Servolo island sited in the Venice lagoon was the splendid scenario in which all international partners met. The meeting facilitated networking and dialogue among all partners. Discussions focused on financial and operational regulations of the Grant, on the definition of project activities calendar and on exchanging the different private and public partners’ points of views and expectations with respect to the Venetian routes development.