Project CHARTS

Created/updated 30.03.2015 14:33

Project CHARTS is INTERREG IVC programme Regional Initiative Project under Priority 2 “Environment and risk prevention”, sub-theme “Cultural Heritage and landscape”, duration from Jan, 2012 – June, 2014. 

CHARTS focuses on the role of culture and heritage in the formulation and delivery of added-value to regional strategies for sustainable tourism development and integration into local, regional, national and EU policies. Partners will share experience on how improved management of cultural tourism destinations contribute to protection and enhancement of cultural heritage & landscape, as well as sustainable regional development policies, especially in relation to challenges of climate change and the economic crisis.

CHARTS overall objective is to build on, capitalise and exploit the outputs, methods, results, policies and strategies of previous projects and initiatives in the field of culture, heritage and sustainable tourism development strategies and to transfer highly relevant Good Practices between participating regions and Europe-wide, as important added-value to effective regional policy formulation and implementation, as well as contributing to the Lisbon & Gothenburg Agendas.

Main CHARTS activities includes identification, analysis, exchange & transfer of Good Practices on climate change, accessibility to heritage, effective partnerships, host communities, quality criteria, visitor information, place marketing and cultural routes for sustainable tourism, policy integration & added value, Charter, award, events, exhibitions, workshops and conference.

CHARTS expected outputs and results are enhanced regional policies on Culture, Heritage & Sustainable Tourism; added-value to past and existing initiatives; increased knowledge in less developed regions of the EU (inc. new MS); creation of opportunities for employment in the Cultural and Tourism industries; protection and preservation of culture and heritage sites and landscapes; protection and preservation of the environment through the introduction and promotion of sustainable tourism strategies (Responsible Tourism) and better use of EU funds in the mainstream operational programmes with already proven successful best practices and policies.

In CHARTS activities (training courses, workshops, staff exchange, study visit, conference) within 2 years Vidzeme Tourism Association will engage Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and regional municipalities – Carnikava, Saulkrasti, Limbaži, Aloja, Valka, Rauna, Vecpiebalga, Gulbene. Ērgļi un Ape. They will be given an advantage to choose the most topical subject with certain time and place. 

CHARTS Project Partners

Municipality of South Pelion
Welsh Assembly Government 
ECTN Network 
Midland Regional Authority 
Region Västra Götaland 
Pafos Regional Board of Tourism 
Veneto Region – Tourism Department 
Vidzeme Tourism Association 
National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism (NIRDT) 
Mallorca Council - Environment Department 
Union of South-East Region Local Authorities, Bulgaria[email protected] 
Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) 
IBERTUR Network/University of Barcelona 

CHARTS Workshop and Seminars Held in Vidzeme and international seminars and workshops attended by VTA

  1. Project CHARTS kick-off meeting in South Pelion, Greece (22.-23.03.2012)
  2. VTA Board meeting and project CHARTS meeting in Rauna (24.04.2012)
  3. Project CHARTS seminar in Barcelona, Spain (21.-22.06.2012)
  4. VTA Board and project CHARTS meeting in Vidzeme University College of Applied Sciences (28.06.2012)
  5. Project CHARTS seminar about Climate Change in Wales (24.-25.09.2012)
  6. Project CHARTS seminar about Culture Heritage in Vecgulbene manor, Latvia (30.10.2012)
  7. Project CHARTS Staff Exchange in Tullamore, Ireland (7.-15.11.2012)
  8. Project CHARTS seminar in Tullamore, Ireland (11.-13.11.2012)
  9. Project CHARTS seminar in Ērgļi, Latvia (27.11.2012)
  10. Project CHARTS seminar about Effective Partnerships in Bourgas, Bulgaria (6.-7.12.2012)
  11. Project CHARTS seminar about Effective Partnerships in Valka, Latvia (10.12.2012)
  12. Project CHARTS seminar about Culture Heritage and Mapping in Staicele, Latvia (14.03.2013)
  13. Project CHARTS 4th international workshop (Engaging Host Communities) in Sibiu, Romania (28.-29.03.2013) / Photos in Facebook
  14. Project CHARTS seminar about Engaging Host Communities in "Turbas", Latvia 05.04.2013 
  15. Project CHARTS seminar about Military Heritage in Carnikava, Latvia 22.04.2013
  16. Project CHARTS international workshop on Quality Criteria in Gothenburg, Sweden 28.04-01.05.2013 / Photo gallery in Facebook
  17. Project CHARTS International thematic workshop on Local Gastronomy, Traditional Skills and Railway Heritage for cultural tourism presented in South Pelion Municipality, 7.-10.06.2013  / Photo gallery in Facebook
  18. VTA hosts workshops on visitor information and cycling for tourists (September 9th-10th, 2013) / Photo gallery in Facebook
  19. CHARTS Workshop on Cultural Routes will be held in Mallorca
  20. CHARTS Workshop on Place Marketing held in Cyprus (October 24-26, 2013) / Photo gallery in Facebook
  21. CHARTS Workshop on Cultural Routes held in Mallorca (November 28-29, 2013) 
  22. Apply for CHARTS Award!
  23. Project CHARTS at Balttour 2014 tourism fair in Riga
  24. CHARTS project enhances cultural tourism development in ten EU regions
  25. The Launch of Thessalia Charter During the Open Days in Brussels

This Guide on Visitor Information is part of the Visitor Information Toolkit that consists of:

  1. The Guide
  2. DVD Video clip
  3. Summary presentation
  4. Leaflet



Information prepared by

Ieva Treija,
project CHARTS PR specialist
[email protected]

CHARTS project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme.

This project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme. The publication/website reflects the author's views and the Managing Authority can not be held liable for the information published by the project partners.

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