On 15 May 2013 the Grant Contract within the 2nd Call for Proposals for 297 094 EUR of the Programme co-financing has been countersigned by the JMA of the Programme and Vidzeme Tourism Association, by its Chairman of the Board Mr Raitis Sijāts in Riga, Latvia. Cross-border Project for preservation of green heritage „Regeneration of Parks as Integral Part of Historical heritage” was accepted under the Priority 2 – common challenge, Measure 2.2. – preservation and promotion of cultural and historical heritage and support of local skills.
The recreation complex „Laimes ligzda” (the Nest of happiness) www.laimesligzda.lv is located in 80 km from Riga city and 8 km from Cesis town. Cesis is a small place with a history as long as 800 years and can offer very interesting sight seeing places, such as medieval castle ruins, landscape parks and church built in 13th century.
The 5th CHARTS project thematic workshop "Quality Criteria" will held in Gothenburg (Sweden) on 29 April - 1 May 2013 hosted by project partner Region Västra Götaland (Sweden) in order to exchange experience in the workshop`s topic between project partners and experts.
The Latvian countryside hotel "Annas Hotel" has been recognized by hotel design experts and admitted to the international association of design hotels - "Best Design Hotels". Thus, "Annas Hotel" is the first and to date the only design hotel in the Baltics included in the "Best Design Hotels" list of the world’s best design hotels made by the "Hotel Alliance Group".
The project has a total budget of €280,000 and is 75% co-financed by the D. G. Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission. EGWA forms part of a consortium composed of 14 (*) partners from 6 European countries which is led and coordinated by the Spanish Railways Foundation. The time frame for implementation is 18 months
From 28th – 29th March, 2013, the fourth CHARTS project thematic workshop on Engaging host communities and Responsible Tourism took place in Sibiu, Rumania.
The Workshop was attended by Ms.Ieva Skutule, Director of Agency of Tourism Development in Ogre and Ikskile, Latvia.
At the end of February 2013, the European Cyclists` Federation (ECF) published a new EuroVelo map providing an overview of the 14 long distance cycle routes that make up the European cycle route network. The map was launched to a professional audience at the ITB Berlin during the first week of March.
The new map shows the itinerary and the current status of each route (realized, non-realised and planned), the main public transport connections, as well as some of the major tourist attractions to look out for along the way. On the back of the map is a short introduction to each of the 14 routes designed to inspire potential cycle tourists to head out on their bikes. There are also links to sources of further information at a national level.
The map serves as a free promotion tool for the new EuroVelo website designed for the public: www.EuroVelo.com
Vidzeme Tourism Association has developed the EuroVelo 13 (The Iron Curtain Trail) route in Latvia with a help of ECOM project. It is planned that the route signposting in Vidzeme (northern Latvia) coastline will be finished this summer, along with bicycle stands and maybe even the first bicycle counters in Latvia!