The meeting was attended by representatives of associations and unions involved in the development of eco-tourism in the Podkarpackie Region:
the Bieszczady Foundation;
Rowery.Rzeszów.pl - bicycle associations;
The Beskid Tourist Association "Przełom Wisłoka" - Zagłębie Ambitnej Turystyki;
The Association for Development and Promotion of Podkarpacie "PRO CARPATHIA"
Podkarpackie Regional Tourism Board;
The Union of Tourists Communes of the Dynów Foothills;
Rzeszów Regional Development Agency S.A .;
Traditional Farm Foundation
and representatives of the Marshal's Office of the Podkarpackie Region in Rzeszów.
The stakeholders were informed about the aim of the OUR WAY project and the assumptions of the Group’s works, as well about the green ways which were identified so far in the Podkarpackie Region.
The second part of the meeting was devoted to working groups session. The participants where split into 4 working groups which were supposed to prepare the SWOT analysis and identify the best practices in the following areas:
coordination between key entities,
identification of financial instruments and financing,
promotion and development of products.
The most interesting outputs of the session:
The bicycle association - Rowery.Rzeszów.pl provided information about the pilot project of city bike rental in Rzeszów: Blinkee.city. The rental operates in the fourth generation system, which means that bikes can be located and rented by a smart phone app-based system.
Mrs Kinga Aleksandrowicz-Kostępska from the Department of Promotion and Economic Cooperation of the Marshal's Office of the Podkarpackie Region, who is the coordinator of the Green Velo project, informed about joint promotional activities. The tasks were carried out under the partnership agreement signed by the marshals of five provinces. The activities included among others: maps printing, extensive campaign on the websites of the largest daily newspapers in Poland, on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as advertising campaign in the bicycle and lifestyle press.
Mr Bogusław Szweda from the Beskidy Tourist Association "Przełom Wisłoka" - Zagłębie Ambitnej Turystyki who has presented a project on cycling tourism as one of the forms of spending free time by children and adults. He also presented some good practices in the field of finance and financial management, that are applied in the field of activities of The Beskid Tourist Association "Przełom Wisłoka" - Zagłębie Ambitnej Turystyki. It includes cooperation of 5 communes in the area of spending funds for the creation of bicycle routes.