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About EU project "Bella Dvina-2" and "Bella Dvina"

BELLA DVINA-2  (2012-2014)

NEWS AND EVENTS| PROJECT IN BRIEF| OTHERS ABOUT US| FOTOS

NEWS AND EVENTS

20-21 January 2014 - Seminar on e-commerce in tourism in Polotsk 

16-17 October 2013 - Seminar on communication ethics in Polotsk 

04-07 October 2013  - Promotion tour around Vitebsk region. See more

08-09 August 2013 - Sports festival in Livany (Latvia) 

27-28 July 2013 - City festival in Anycsciai. See more 

05-06 July 2013 - International sports-musical festival in Braslav. See more

23-24 May 2013 - Polotsk hosted transboundary tourist forum. See more 

10-13 April 2013 - Bella Dvina took part in the 16th international tourist fair "Otdyh-2013" in Minsk. See more 

27-28 March 2013 - Bella Dvina  conducted the first training session in Polotsk. See more

08-10 February 2013 - Bella Dvina took part in the international travel trade fair "Balttour" in Riga. See more

01-03 February 2013 - Bella Dvina took part in the international travel expo "Adventur 2013" in Vilnius. See more 

10-11 December 2012 - the third route elaboration workshop whithin the project "Bella Dvina-2" took place in Polotsk. See more

24-27 October 2012 - Bella Dvina took part in the international tourist exhibition 'Turbiznes-2012' in Minsk. See more

21-22 September 2012 - the second route elaboration workshop within the project “Bella Dvina-2” took place in Utena region

27-28 July 2012 – Water Festival in took place within the project “Bella Dvina-2” in Zarasai, Lithuania. See more

13-14 July 2012 – The Daugava Festival organized in Kraslava (Latvia) within the project “Bella Dvina-2”. See more

13 July 2012 – the first route elaboration workshop within the project “Bella Dvina-2” took place at the recreational centre “Dridzi” in Kraslava region (Latvia). See more

1-3 June 2012 – Festival of Medieval Culture “Rubon” has become the first event, organized in Belarus within the project “Bella Dvina-2”. See more

17 April 2012 – the first meeting of the project Managing Committee and the working group.

5-8 April 2012 – the project “Bella Dvina-2” took part in the 16th international exhibition “Leisure without borders” in St. Petersburg (Russia)

2-4 March 2012 – the project “Bella Dvina-2” took part in the international exhibition “Vivattour 2012” in Vilnius (Lithuania)

10-12 February 2012 – the project “Bella Dvina-2” took part in the international exhibition “Balttour 2012” in Riga (Latvia)

PROJECT PRESS RELEASES (avaliable only in russian)

1. 1-3 June 2012 - Festival of Medieval Culture "Rubon" in Polotsk скачать (1.01 Mb, doc)  

2. 13 July 2012 - first route elaboration workshop in Dridzi  скачать (1.01 Mb, doc)  

3. 13-14 July 2012 - Daugava Festival in Kraslava (Latvia)  скачать (1.01 Mb, doc)   

4. 27-28 July 2012 - Water carnival in Zarasai  скачать (1.01 Mb, doc)

5. 21-22 September 2012 - second route elaboration workshop  скачать (1.01 Mb, doc) 

6. September- October - collection of information for the tourist map and brochure  скачать (747.00 Kb, doc)

7. 24-27 October 2012 - Bella Dvina took part in the international travel expo "Turbiznes 2012"  скачать (746.50 Kb, doc)  

8. 10-11 December 2012 - third route elaboration workshop in Polotsk  скачать (754.50 Kb, doc)

9. 1-2 February 2013 - Bella Dvina took part at the international travel expo "Adventour 2013" in Vilnius  скачать (756.00 Kb, doc) 

10. 08-10 February 2013 - Bella Dvina took part in the international travel trade fair "Balttour 2013" in Riga  скачать (1.00 Mb, doc) 

11. March 2013 - five new tourist routes are available for  acquaintance  скачать (756.50 Kb, doc) Available only in Russian

12. March 2013 -  Bella Dvina launches series of seminars and welcomes parties at the first training session in Polotsk  скачать (762.00 Kb, doc) 

12/1. 27-28 March 2013 - the first trainning session took place in Polotsk  скачать (1.19 Mb, doc)  

13. April 2013 - Bella Dvina welcomes interested parties at the forum in Polost on 16-17 May 2013.  скачать (756.50 Kb, doc)  

14. April 2013 - Bella Dvina took part in the international tourist fair in Minsk Otdyh-2013 скачать (760.50 Kb, doc)  

15. Forum date has been changed.  скачать (755.50 Kb, doc)

16. Mterials of transboundary tourist forum. скачать (765.50 Kb, doc)    

17. Braslav invites to the festival. скачать (755.50 Kb, doc)

18. Festival "VIVA BRASLAU". скачать (747.50 Kb, doc)

19. Promotion tour.   скачать (755.00 Kb, doc) 

20. Invitation to the seminar in Polotsk скачать (744.00 Kb, doc)

21. Tourist seminar on communication ethics скачать (3.43 Mb, doc)

22. Results of the seminar on e-commerce скачать (916.50 Kb, doc)

PROJECT IN BRIEF

The project Nr.LLB-1-098 'Fostering Capacity for Tourism Development in Latgale-Utena-Vitebsk Cross Border Region' (BELLA DVINA-2) is financed by the European Union within the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Cross-Border Cooperation Programme within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

The Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Cross-Border Cooperation Programme

The Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Cross-Border Cooperation Programme which is being implemented within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument succeeds the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG IIIB Neighbourhood Programme Priority South IIIA programme for the period of 2007-2013. The common strategic object of the Programme is fostering territorial unity of Lithuanian, Latvian and Belarusian border region, ensuring of level of environmental protection, providing social and economic well-being as well as promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity.


Latgale region in Latvia, Panevezys, Utena, Vilnius, Alytus and Kaunas counties in Lithuania; Vitebsk, Mogilev, Minsk and Grodno oblasts and Minsk city take part in the Programme. The common managing authority of the Programme is Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. The web-site of the Programme: www.enpi-cbc.eu

Budget of the project “Bella Dvina 2”:

The total budget of the project equals 1 789 387 EUR. 90% of it -1 610 448,30 is co-financed by the EU.

Project Duration: 2 years

Project Managing Partner: Latgale Planning Region(Latvia)

Project Partners:

  • 2 partner (LV): Latgale Region Development Agency
  • 3 partner (LT): Anyksciai district municipality administration
  • 4 partner (LT): Utena tourism information centre
  • 5 partner (LT): Zarasai district municipality administration 
  • 6 partner (BY): Polotsk City Executive Committee
  • 7 partner (BY): Braslav District Executive Committee 
  • 8 partner (BY): Miory District Executive Committee
  • 9 partner (BY): Verkhnedvinsk District Executive Committee
  • 10 partner (BY):  Rossony District Executive Committee 
  • 11 partner (BY):  Local Foundation for promotion of international dialogue and cooperation “Interakcia”

Associative project partners:

1. Committee on Economy of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee;
2. Department on Physical Training, Sport and Tourism of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee

Overall Objective of the Project:

To promote tourism development in Cross Border Region of Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus through joint cross border approach to fostering tourism export and production, promoting cooperation among tourism sector specialists.  

Specific Objective of the Project:

1. To develop and promote joint tourism traditions in the Cross Border Region of Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus by organizing joint tourism events in Latgale-Utena-Vitebsk region.

2. To improve public infrastructure for joint tourism activities – to make investments in required equipment and reconstruction / construction of tourism information centers, public recreation objects for joint tourism activities in Cross Border Region of Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus.

Project activities are divided in 5 groups:

Group of activities 1: Management, coordination,communication:

  • Organization of meetings of the Managing Committee and the working group;
  • Communication activities: publication of 12 press-releases to inform about project achievements, information on the web site of the project, updating of 9 partner web-sites and 2 public tourist web-sites (www.latgale.lv and www.belladvina.com).

Group of activities 2: Capacity increasing for Bella Dvina and Baltic Country of Lakes areas tourism specialists and tourism service providers:

  • Organisation of 3 trainings in Lagale, Utena districts and Vitebsk region on following themes:"Effective resource planning and management in tourism service enterprises", "Use of e-commerce for development of tourism products", "Promotion of high quality communication ethics in tourism service enterprises";
  • Elaboration of action plan for 2 strategic tourism objects. The action plans will be elaborated for the next objects: for Daugavpils Fortress in Latvia, for historical part of city Polock (Skorina avenue) in Belarus.

Group of activities 3: Joint Marketing Campaign for Bella Dvina and Baltic Country of Lakes areas:

  • Development of 5 new LV-LT-BY cross-border tourism products (common tourism routes);
  • Elaboration and publishing of common marketing materials: tourism brochure with description of tourist objects of the LV-LT-BY cross-border area, 5 cross border tourism routes, tourism map of LV-LT-BY destination;
  • Participation in international tourism exhibitions: : Balttour 2012- 2013 in Riga, Vivatur 2012- 2013 in Vilnius, Leisure 2012 – 2013 in Minsk, Leisure without borders 2012 in St. Peretsburg, Reisen 2012 in Hamburg;
  • Organisation of 3 promotion tours for 20 tour operators and 10 representatives of mass media from St.Petersburg (Russian Federation): to Latgale (LV). Duration: 5 days,to Utena County (LT). Duration: 4 days, to Vitebsk oblast (BY). Duration: 4 days;
  • Update of the web-sites www.latgale.lv, www.belladvina.com, www.zarasai.lt/tic, www.utenainfo.lt, www.antour.lt with min.5 articles about project BELLA DVINA 2 and information on 5 cross-border tourism products;
  • Marketing campaign: National/regional/internat. radio/TV broadcasting, articles in press.

Group of activities 4: Joint Tourism events in Bella Dvina and Baltic Country of Lakes areas:

  • Organization of 6 Joint Festivals: Active Tourism festival in Livani (LV), Daugava Festival In Kraslava (LV), Festival "Braslavskije zarnici" in Braslav, Festival in Polotsk (BY), Culture Tourism Festival in Anyksciai (LT), Festival of Lakes in Zarasai (LT);
  • Organization of Joint Tourism forum in Polotsk for specialists of tourism information centres, representatives of guest houses and hotels, guides from Latgale region, Utena county and Vitebsk region;
  • Organization of Final Conference in Daugavpils.

Group of activities 5: Tourism Support Infrastructure in Bella Dvina and Baltic Country of Lakes areas:

  • Improvement of 14 public recreation sites in partner regions of Latgale, Utena and Vitebsk;
  •  Purchase of equipment for tourist information centers in partner regions of Latgale, Utena and Vitebsk; 
  • Installation of indication SIGNS: information & road signs;
  •  Elaboration of documents on strategic development of 4 objects in Latgale.

OTHERS ABOUT US 

Here you will find publications in English only. To read articles in Russian, please go to the Russian version of the website. 

11/05/2012 Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania launch Bella Dvina-2 project, BELTA

11/05/2012 Medieval festival to mark 1150th anniversary of Polotsk, BELTA

25/07/2012 Project events, European neighbourhood and partnership instrument

18/05/2013 Polotsk to host transboundary tourist forum 23-24 May 2013 

BELLA DVINA (2008-2010)

NEWS AND EVENTS | PROJECT IN BRIEF | OTHERS ABOUT US

NEWS AND EVENTS

8 July 2010 - Declaration on cooperation signed and tourist information centre in Polotsk opened as a result of final conference of the EU project Bella Dvina. Read more

1 June 2010 - experts of the EU project Bella Dvina tested a new water route down the Dvina river. Read more

11 May 2010 - Cross-border canoe promotional tour along the Zapadnaya Dvina will take place on 25-30 May as part of the EU project Bella Dvina. Read more

10 February 2010 – EU project “Bella Dvina” took part in the international tourist fair BALTTOUR 2010

4 February 2010 – Belarusian-Latvian region “Bella Dvina” enters tourist market

9 November 2009 – tourism development strategy for the Vitebsk region for 2010-2017 was presented in Polotsk

29 October 2009 – tourism development strategy for Polotsk,  Vitebsk and Braslav tourist zones will be presented in Polotsk on 3-4 November

10 June 2009 – Bella Dvina presented in the Council of Europe.

3-7 June 2009 – Bella Dvina experts visited German-French PAMINA region.

9 April 2009 – results of the contest for the best tourist route of the Bella Dvina region. Winners: N.O.Sergeenok and N.V.Zhuk from the Polotsk Reserve Museum of History and Culture. Download presentation of the winning route

8-9 April 2009 – 3rd transnational working meeting of the EU-project “Bella Dvina” took place in the Polotsk Reserve Museum.

3 March 2009 – Polotsk City Executive Committee, together with the National Tourism Agency of Belarus, announced a contest for the best tourist route for the Belarusian-Latvian project “Bella Dvina”.

10 November 2008 – Common Belarusian-Latvian EU-funded project “Bella Dvina” will be presented at the international conference “Tourism development in the Bella Dvina space: national and cross-border aspects” in Polotsk.

8-9 October 2008 – 1st working meeting within the Bella Dvina project took place in Polotsk

PROJECT IN BRIEF

Bella Dvina project is implemented within the EU programme “Baltic Sea Region” INTERREG IIIB – Neighbourhood Programme INTERREG IIIA – Priority “South”.

The programme aims to support cross-border cooperation between the border regions of Belarus, Latvia and Lithuania.

External cooperation programmes of the European Commission

Delegation of the European Union to Belarus

Duration of the project: 24 months (21 July 2008 – 20 July 2010)

Budget: €562 372

EU contribution: €486 892

Lead partner: Polotsk City Executive Committee

Partners:

  1. Latgale Region Development Agency (Latvia)
  2. Vitebsk Centre for Regional Research and Development
  3. Verkhnedvinsk district executive committee
  4. Rossony district executive committee
  5. Beshenkovichi district executive committee
  6. Miory district executive committee
  7. Sharkovschina district executive committee
  8. Vitebsk district executive committee
  9. Gorodok district executive committee
  10. Institution for promotion of international dialogue and cooperation “Interakcia” (INTERACTION)

Overall objective of the project: to contribute to development of tourism in the border regions of Belarus and Latvia through creation of a common cross-border tourist space along the Western Dvina / Daugava

Specific objectives:

  • To improve the system of tourism planning in the Polotsk and Vitebsk tourist zones
  • To create an effective system of tourist services
  • To enforce capacities of local authorities in the sphere of tourism
  • To make the new cross-border tourist space “Bella Dvina” visible for tourists

Expected results:

  • Effective structure of tourist zone management, development of practical recommendations for implementation of the tourism development strategy in the Vitebsk region, and improved system of tourist information services will enforce tourist capacities of the Vitebsk region and will contribute to its further social and economic development
  • Latgale Region Development Agency and German-French PAMINA region (Rheinpark PAMINA) will share their experience of tourism development with the Vitebsk region. New equipment and technologies will make it possible to integrate this experience in the Vitebsk and Polotsk tourist zones
  • Establishment of the cross-border partner network between local authorities of the Bella Dvina region will intensify cross-border cooperation and will create background for further common projects
  • Information materials and maps, Web portal, new tourist routes, presentation of the Bella Dvina project at international conferences and exhibitions, as well as marketing campaigns will make the Bella Dvina region more visible and popular among tourists and tourist companies

Main activities:

  • Elaboration of a Tourism Development Strategy for the Polotsk,Vitebsk and Braslav tourist zones
  • Development of common cross-border tourist products
  • Development and installation of the common cross-border tourist infrastructure in the border regions (new tourist maps, signboards on the tourist routes, etc.)
  • Capacity building for the Polotsk tourist information centre
  • Establishment of tourist information points in seven districts of the Polotsk and Vitebsk tourist zones
  • Facilitation of cooperation between local authorities of the border regions of Belarus and Latvia along Western Dvina / Daugava
  • Establishment of the cross-border Bella Dvina network
  • Training of Belarusian tourism experts in Germany and Latvia
  • Development of a marketing strategy for the common cross-border Bella Dvina tourist space
  • Development of the Bella Dvina web portal
  • Elaboration of maps, marketing and information materials
  • Participation in the tourist exhibitions in Minsk and Riga
  • Promotion tours along the new routes developed and equipped within the project

By the end of the project, all planned activities have been successfully conducted:

  • Opening conference in Polotsk conducted in November 2008
  • Seven working meetings of the project experts and tourist experts conducted
  • Information about tourist routes and products of the Polotsk, Vitebsk and Braslav tourist zones collected and systematized
  • Common cross-border tourist routes and products developed, contest for the best tourist route of the Bella Dvina region conducted
  • Study visit of the project experts to the German-French PAMINA region conducted
  • Tourism development strategy for the Polotsk, Vitebsk and Braslav tourist zones developed
  • Equipment for the Polotsk tourist information centre and tourist information points in seven districts purchased
  • Communication strategy for the Bella Dvina region developed
  • Seven cross-border tourist routes and 28 local tourist routes in the Vitebsk region developed
  • Marketing and information materials published, incl. maps of the Bella Dvina region, image brochure about the region, leaflets with description of five new cross-border tourist routes, leaflet with contacts of tourist information centres of the Bella Dvina region
  • Bella Dvina took part in the tourist fair BALTTOUR 2010 in Riga
  • Bella Dvina took part in the tourist fair "LEISURE-2010" in Minsk
  • Training of Belarusian experts in the Latgale Region Development Agency conducted
  • Training for the staff of the Polotsk tourist information centre and district tourist information points on administration of the Bella Dvina web portal conducted
  • Kayak/canoe promo-tour along the new water route down the Dvina/ Daugava river conducted; the route has been developed and equipped with tourist infrastructure as part of the Bella Dvina project
  • Final conference conducted in Polotsk in July 2010; as part of the conference, Belarusian and Latvian border regions signed a Declaration on cooperation in the sphere of tourism and inaugurated new office of the Polotsk tourist information centre which had also been equipped as part of the project

OTHERS ABOUT US

Here you will find publications in English and German only. To read articles in Russian, please go to the Russian version of the website.

15.07.2010. Weekly project "Postcard from Belarus". Radio station BELARUS (tapescript)

08.07.2010. Belarus, Latvia want to continue Bella Dvina project. BELTA

08.07.2010. Over €500,000 invested in Bella Dvina project. BELTA

07span style=/h3/strong.07.2010. Conference in Polotsk to review results of Bella Dvina project. BELTA

24.06.2010. EU-funded project tests new tourist route across Dvina river. EU Cooperation News: Newsletter of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus. No. 6.

22.06.2010. Bella Dvina partners to sign declaration on cooperation. BELTA

03.06.2010. Alluring country of Bella Dvina. The Minsk Times

22.04.2010. EU tourist cross-border project promotes itself at the spring tourist fair in Minsk. EU Cooperation news: Newsletter of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus. No 4

25.02.2010. EU project promotes a joint Belarusian-Latvian tourist region. EU Cooperation News. No.2

10.02.2010. Trans-boundary route to take tourists to natural sites of Belarus, Latvia. Belarusian Telegraph Agency BELTA

05.02.2010. New tourist project offers “to trace ancestors’ steps” along Western Dvina. Belarusian Telegraph Agency BELTA

04.02.2010. Latvia’s diversity and the whole vast world at Balttour 2010, 5–7 February. International Exhibition Company BT1

28.01.2010. EU project promotes a joint Belarusian-Latvian touristic region. EU Cooperation News. No. 1

27.10.2009. Belarusian-Latvian tourism project Bella Dvina to present development strategy till 2017. Belarusian Telegraph Agency BELTA

22.09.2009. Waterway to connect Belarusian Vitebsk and Latvian Daugavpils. Belarusian Telegraph Agency BELTA

23.06.2009. Belarusian-Latvian tourism project Bella Dvina successfully presented in euroregion Pamina. BELTA

05.06.2009. Pamina: Vorbild für andere europäische Grenzregionen. Pressespiegel (Rheinpark PAMINA). In German (download)

11.12.2008. Zapadnaya Dvina from Panorama to Bella: new Belarusian-Latvian tourist project to enhance attractiveness of region. The Minsk Times

04.12.2008. Belarus=Belarus+Latvia. International Consortium “EUROBELARUS”

09.10.2008. First steps of the EC-INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project Bella Dvina. German-Belarusian House (DWH)

08.04.2008. Polotsk, Vitebsk, Daugavpils develop cross-border tourist object. BELTA

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