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Rostock hosts Biking South Baltic! workshop and project meeting

27.11.2017
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The partners of the EU-supported Biking South Baltic! project converged on the German city of Rostock for a combined project meeting and internal workshop in October.  Over the course of three days the partners learnt about the current status of the EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route and the related attractions and touristic services in each country.

The Interreg South Baltic project started at the beginning of the year and since the Kick Off Meeting in Gdansk in February the project partners have been undertaking a detailed survey of the route following the European Certification Standard methodology.  The project meeting was an opportunity for the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) to explain how to convert the data that has been collected into an action plan for further developing the route.  The partners also discussed progress made on other work packages, including communication, route counters and user surveys.

During the internal workshop, which proceeded the project meeting, each partner gave a presentation on the current status of their route covering

  • Major tourist attractions located along the EuroVelo 10 route;
  • Other forms of active leisure along the route
  • Other useful information for tourist.
  • Facilities for cyclists;
  • Package offers for cyclists;
  • The current state of the route infrastructure (planned investments)
  • Data on the number of route users
  • What kind of marketing are the project partners doing for their bike tourism, is there any marketing at the moment

The host Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourism Board has invited the regional branch of the German National EuroVelo Coordinator, ADFC, and Mecklenburger Radtour – a local tour operator specialising in cycling tourism – to share their experience and best practices.

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Following the internal training, the host organised a visit to the famous Grand Hotel Heiligendamm literally on the Baltic Sea Coast.  After admiring the impressive services on offer – the hotel once hosted a G8 Summit – some rental bikes were made available to explore this attractive stretch of the coastline.

The partners in the project are Pomorskie Tourist Board (Lead partner), Pomorskie Voivodeship and Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship from Poland; Danish Cycling Tourism and Centre for Regional and Tourism Research from Denmark; the ECF; as well as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourism Board.