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Declaration on cooperation signed and tourist information centre in Polotsk opened as a result of final conference of the EU project “Bella Dvina”

11.11.2010 18:56, Marina Borisova, Institution "Interaction", ,© Bella Dvina
International conference “Tourist region Bella Dvina as an example of successful cross-border cooperation between Belarus and Latvia”, final event of the EU project “Bella Dvina”, took place on July 8 in Polotsk. 

In the course of two years, project experts produced a tourist development strategy for the Vitebsk region until 2017 and a communication strategy for the Bella Dvina region until 2020, developed new cross-border and local tourist routes, opened tourist information centres and points in the Vitebsk region, improved tourist infrastructure in the area and carried out a marketing campaign to promote the Bella Dvina region. All these results and outputs were presented at the conference by the experts and coordinators of the Bella Dvina project.

Project's final conference. Signing of the Declaration of Cooperation. 8 July 2010. Photo: Polotskiy vestnikApart from the project partners which include Polotsk City Executive Committee (Lead partner), Latgale Region Development Agency (Latvia), Vitebsk Centre for Regional Research and Development, Institution “Interaction” and seven district executive committees of the Vitebsk region, the conference featured representatives of Ministries and administrations, diplomatic missions, regional and local authorities of Belarus and Latvia, as well as NGOs, mass media and tourist agencies of the Vitebsk and Latgale regions. Invited guests emphasized the significance of the Bella Dvina project for sustainable development of tourist in the Vitebsk and Latgale regions and expressed their hope for continued cooperation of Belarusian and Latvian border regions in the sphere of tourism development.

Opening of the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre. 8 July 2010. Photo: Polotskiy vestnikAs of today, certain steps have already been done to ensure that this cooperation will go on after the project’s end. In March 2010, project experts developed and submitted a project proposal “Bella Dvina-2” within the EU programme “Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus 2007-2013”. The new partnership includes organizations not only from Belarus and Latvia, but also from Lithuania. Also, as part of the conference in Polotsk, Belarusian and Latvian border districts signed a Declaration on cooperation in the sphere of tourism, thus confirming their intention to join the Bella Dvina cross-border cooperation network. Belarusian signatories of the Declaration include representatives of the Polotsk City Executive Committee and executive committees of the Beshenkovichi, Braslav, Verhnedvinsk, Vitebsk, Gorodok, Miory, Rossony and Sharkovschina districts. On the part of Latgale, the Declaration was signed by representatives of the Latgale Region Development Agency, Latgale Region of Planning, and tourist information centres of Kraslava, Ludza, Daugavpils, Rezekne and Livani. The signatories confirmed their willingness to continue cooperation between tourist information centres and points of the Bella Dvina region, to perform common planning of tourist objects, to update and support Bella Dvina web portal www.belladvina.com, to commonly promote the Bella Dvina region, and to develop and implement joint cross-border initiatives and projects.

Participants of the final conference near the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre. 8 July 2010. Photo: Polotskiy vestnikThe conference culminated in the official inauguration of the Polotsk tourist information centre which had been equipped within the Bella Dvina project. Vladimir Tochilo, Head of the Polotsk City Executive Committee, Margarita Šteina, Consul of Latvia in Vitebsk, and Vladimir Geisik, Consul General of Belarus in Daugavpils, cut the red ribbon in front of the new building of the Polotsk tourist information centre at 8 F.Skaryna Ave. Main aim of the Polotsk tourist information centre and tourist information points in seven participating districts of the Vitebsk region is to collect, sum up and provide comprehensive information about tourist resources, products and services of the common Bella Dvina region.

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. Overall objective of the project is 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.

More about the Bella Dvina project

Contact: Marina Borisova (mborisova@d-w-h.org; +375 29 873 35 82)

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