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Project summary Cultural and natural heritage is very important at all levels, local, regional, national and European, consisting of several dimensions that can lead to resource efficiency, through deployment for sustainable and responsible tourism development with innovative character. Policies for heritage applications to eco-cultural tourism need to be further developed, implemented and monitored, through interregional cooperation. The common challenges that are jointly tackled in the CHRISTA project are:natural & Cultural Heritage assets are valuable treasures, sometimes in danger and in need of proper conservation, preservation and/or restoration,these assets can be deployed for the purposes of sustainable and responsible tourism development, namely cultural tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism,the tourism potential of these assets may facilitate the preservation and restoration efforts, if performed in a sustainable and responsible way, innovation can contribute greatly towards improving cultural and natural heritage policies for sustainable and responsible tourism development.The overall objective is to protect and preserve natural and cultural heritage assets and deploy them for the development and promotion of innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism strategies, including intangible and industrial heritage, through interpretation and digitisation, with capitalisation of good practices, policy learning, policy implementation and capacity building. Expected changes are in terms of improved policy instruments in destination regions, advances in relevant policy implementation, upgrading of cultural and natural assets and innovative applications. Main outputs are Action Plans, with implementation and monitoring of improved policy instruments in 9 regions, communication and dissemination tools for policy learning and capacity building, contribution to EU policies and EU2020 targets. The beneficiaries are public authorities and their stakeholders. €1,771,775.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2020 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Operational Programme of Veneto Region. Investment Priority 3b – Action 3.3.4. The regional Operation Programme (ROP) pursues the aim of a Sustainable Regional Development through the safeguard of natural and cultural heritage, particularly in the islands of Venetian Lagoon. Within the ROP, Tourism related actions are integrated within OT3 (thematic objective). Axis 3 Objectives: 3a) Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms. Focus on Action 3.3.4, pursuing the preservation and protection of cultural heritage especially by involving all stakeholders, including SMEs operating in sustainable services, as a tool to protect and revitalize the natural environment of the islands and cultural heritage. Main features: To maintain long-term leadership in the tourism sector and to become more competitive, the Veneto Region must meet the challenge to make more sustainable the impact of its tourism industry on lands and on local populations, through: - gradually shifting tourist flows from the destinations with greater burden while involving smaller destinations; - encouraging new tourism models that maintain the interest for a destination throughout the year, able to actively involve the population and the local economy. The Veneto Region could qualify its tourism offer, also promoting the great cultural and natural heritage. The focus is on a target area: the Venetian islands where to implement the policy instrument adopting innovative tourist models. Which partners are working on this? Veneto Region Regional Operational Programme of Region of Central Macedonia Operational Programme according to the objective ‘INVESTMENT FOR GROWTH AND JOBS" (Regional Operational Programme of Central Macedonia) Thematic Objective 6 deals with Environmental protection and efficient use of resources. Based on regional identified needs a priority is the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, emphasizing archaeological sites, historical and religious monuments and the improvement of museums. It is important to mention that the cultural heritage of the region is under pressure from illegal construction and urban sprawl in peri-urban areas, wooded areas and tourist areas (eg mountain and coastal), with attendant land-use conflicts and environmental impacts. For these reasons the need of proper conservation, preservation and/or restoration is more than necessary. There is a focus on environmental aspects and pressures that affect the cultural heritage. However, there is a need to improve the intangible heritage, through interpretation facilities and innovation / digitization activities towards the enhancement of policies for sustainable and responsible tourism. All cultural assets can be deployed for the purposes of sustainable and responsible tourism, namely cultural tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia on behalf of the Region of Central Macedonia Cultural Plan for Region Västra Götaland 2016-2018 The Cultural Plan for region Västra Götaland is a development plan regulated by Swedish Law dealing with regional development on culture. The Cultural Plan describes the main priorities in the area of culture and cultural heritage in the region over a three year period. Industrial heritage is one of the prioritised areas to be further developed in Västra Götaland over the years to come. In a historical perspective Västra Götaland is a heavy industrial region with car factories, shipyards, textile industry, biochemical industry and a wide range of small scale production. It is the importance of understanding how the change of the industrial society affects the development of society in general and the life of individuals. Participatory methods involving the inhabitants is a vital ingredient in the process of understanding the past, the present and to draw conclusions about the future of Västra Götaland as an industrial region. Tourism is an important tool for regional development. But tourism can also be an area of cultural development. Tourism is a way of participation and could be more of incentive based development for the cultural sector. The cultural sector can provide interesting content for destination development as well. International cooperation and exchange are important parts of the Culture Plan. The plan also relates to European and national goals for culture and development. Which partners are working on this? Region Västra Götaland ERDF Operational Programme. Autonomous Regional Government of Andalusia. Thematic Objective 6. Preserving and protecting environment and promoting resource efficiency The specific Objective 6 is specified through strategic lines of actions (ELA). Three of them are of interest to be improved: - “Actions for the protection, development and promotion of cultural heritage” - “Actions for the protection, development and promotion of natural areas, in particular those with a tourist interest” - “Investment for the development of actions that minimise the threats to the conservation of natural areas and biodiversity, with especial interest to the Natura 2000 Network”. The Regional Operational Programme of Andalusia is still a draft, so it can easily be improved. Which partners are working on this? County Council of Granada Tourism Development Strategy for Vidzeme region The main objectives of the Strategy are: to promote development of tourism sector by increasing economical indicators, to develop & promote tourism-friendly environment by encouraging residents patriotism and hospitality taking into account preservation and develoment of nature and cultural heritage, as well as building Vidzeme region as recognisable and popular travel destination between countries of Baltic Sea. It includes 3 main priorities: market research, regional marketing and development of high quality tourism. Having regard to the current development at regional level, the focus must be set on sustainability, viz: - re-assessment and gathering of the new information on the current regional situation since the previous document, - elaboration of the the critical deficiencies that have not improved since the previous document has been adopted  - in-depth analysis of the current regional situation, by taking into account the changes at regional level - development of new measures and suggestions that need to be adopted at regional level, by taking into account the needs of the stakeholders. Improvements in present Strategy must be characterized by exact measures and indicators that need to be improved, following a methodological pattern from in-depth analysis to priority recommendations and follow-up of the results at the regional level. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Tourism Association Pafos Regional Strategic Tourism Development Plan As part of the repositioning strategy of Cyprus, Pafos had decided to prepare their own vision for tourism development and to create a separate product (regional brand) utilizing and investing in the available merits. This resulted in the 'Pafos Regional Strategic Tourism Development Plan' launched in 2008 with a 5-year implementation horizon initially. The Strategy places particular emphasis on cultural & heritage tourism. Cultural Tourism ranks as first priority category, considered one of the fast growing segments of the global tourism industry, with huge benefits. Cultural Tourism is associated with current expectations of travellers on learning a different way of life and understanding of another culture, is among the special forms of tourism which are designed to target specific segments and is considered a product with high growth prospects. There is great need of updating and upgrading this policy instrument, in the light of the rapidly changing tourism demand and developments in the cultural status of Pafos, such as the selection of Pafos to be the 2017 European Capital of Culture. The Strategic Plan must have a new target year of 2020 and beyond. A key purpose of the upgraded and enhanced policy instrument is the preparation of Action Plans. There is scope of interfacing with the 'Operational Programme Competitiveness & Sustainable Development'; the improved policy instrument can form the basis for mainstreaming into European Structural and Investment Funds. Which partners are working on this? Pafos Regional Board of Tourism The Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 The Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020, thematic objective 5, Investment priority: 5.1 has following priorities: the conservation, the protection, the promotion and the sustainable development of the natural and cultural heritage. The policy focuses on the restoration of the historic monuments listed in the universal and national heritage lists, or classified historic monuments in urban areas, in order to raise their tourism attractiveness and thus contribute to the overall competitiveness of the region. The restoration works are extremely important, but there is also a need to raise awareness about the use of authentic building materials; to involve the local communities and create synergies between culture and tourism; to innovate by integrating intangible cultural heritage, events facilities, interpretation skills and new technologies in the visitor experience, as a means to ensure long-term attractiveness and economic growth. The ROP is based on the common development priorities proposed in the Regional Development Plans for the 2014-2020 period drawn-up by each of the eight RDAs, one of which is RDA Centre (RDAC). Sibiu County Tourism Association (SCTA) is missioned by the regional administration (Sibiu County Council) to develop and implement its strategic plan for tourism involving all the relevant stakeholders at all levels. SCTA has been directly involved by its public members with RDAC in the development of the new ROP 2014-2020. Which partners are working on this? Sibiu County Tourism Association The Municipal Development Plan 2014 – 2020 of Burgas Municipality It is a major strategic document for sustainable and integrated social and economic development of the Burgas Municipality for the following 7- year period. It defines the development framework for the new programming period through integrating the economic, environmental, social and infrastructure aspects of the desired sustainable and balanced growth. The Plan identifies a few strategic aims, which should be achieved and built on: Strategic objective 1: Sustainable development on the territory of the municipality and environmental protection;Strategic objective 2: Increasing the quality of life standard. Under these two aims the following Priority 2 Integrated territorial development is envisaged comprising Measure 5 Tourism development, integrated tourist products and creative industries. The Municipal strategy for sustainable tourism development will pave the way and provide the necessary basis and strategic directions for the realization of the measure. On a wider scope this will provide an opportunity for the realization of the Municipal vision – “Burgas – a key city of the Black Sea region – the eastern gate to the EU, Burgas – a city of High Technologies, Energy, Management, Industry, Education, Tourism and Environment”  Which partners are working on this? Burgas Municipality Regional Operational Programme North 2020 - Axis 6 - Investment Priority 8b - 6.5.1 It is a broad policy instrument that includes tourism as one of its objectives under Axis 6 - Investment Priority 8b - 6.5.1. Assure economical value of endogenous low density spaces resources, through the improvement of specific strategies for the promotion of territorial competitiveness. It aims to share endogenous resources, creating value and jobs, among other strategies through tourism and includes a wide range of measures for the improvement of competitiveness in the North region. It identifies several endogenous resources with a touristic potential and aims to transform them in real parts of the touristic sharing process with equilibrium between the public's needs and offer possibilities. Among these identified resources the policy instrument counts with the development of new uses for declining industrial regions as well as the accessibility to cultural and natural resources. In the adaptation of industrial regions to new uses there is always a gain in a cultural approach. Tourism looking to know old and new ways of doing things can be profited from, and help to create jobs and improve cultural interaction if units are prepared for visitors and accessible. The aim of creating accessibility, both physical and intellectual, provides the means to create self-consciousness and an environment of trust and self-esteem, by showing evidence of the value of regional entrepreneurship that will help to shift change and renew trust to an industrial ecosystem. Which partners are working on this? Intermunicipal Community of Ave Sign up for the CHRISTA newsletter Subscribe now Our project contributes to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Read more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); CHRISTA Tweets by CHRISTA Latest News See all project news 26/02/2021 CHRISTA Declaration launched ! This Declaration is launched by CHRISTA Interreg Europe project partners, based on the results of interregional cooperation, exchange of experience and action Type: Project 21/12/2020 Final Conference Video recording available online Video recording of the CHRISTA Interreg Europe project final Conference is available online Type: Project 26/11/2020 CHRISTA Project at the CultureInvest Congress 2020 The results of the CHRISTA Project were presented at the 12th CultureInvest Congress, on 26 November 2020. Type: Project 01/11/2019 Veneto Association wins Sustainable Tourism Prize! “Operatori Turismo Sostenibile della Laguna di Venezia” - Association of Sustainable Tourism Companies in the Venice Lagoon, Veneto, IT, has won ECTN Award. Type: Project 31/10/2019 Pafos Action wins Intangible Heritage Tourism Award! Phyti Community Council, Cyprus, won the 2nd prize in the ECTN Awards 2019 for intangible heritage of traditional weaving, an action in the Pafos action plan. Type: Project 28/10/2019 High-level dissemination event held in Granada ES The closing conference of CHRISTA Project (high level dissemination event) was held in Granada, Spain, on 24-26 October 2019, organised by ECTN advisory partner Type: Project 02/04/2019 CHRISTA is theme of the 6th Cultural Tourism Awards The CHRISTA Project title is selected as the main them of the 2019 edition of the ECTN Awards 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism' ! Type: Project 27/03/2019 Action Plans under Implementation - first resuls CHRISTA Action Plans are under implementation in Phase 2 and the first results are becoming visible Type: Project 26/03/2019 Action Plan Implementation in Pafos region, Cyprus Action Plan for Pafos region under implementation : first results in terms of Intangible Heritage for Cultural Tourism Type: Project 10/12/2018 CHRISTA at the 3rd Tourism & Culture Conference CHRISTA Project represented at the 3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, including relevant sessions on Intangible Heritage and Digitisation Type: Project
Project summary OUR WAY project aims to contribute to the conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage in Europe using Greenways by means of the improvement of policy instruments related to the cultural and natural quality of the territories involved, including tools for their governance and developing specific measures for their promotion and preservation.  Partnership is composed by 6 regions with different levels at developing, managing and promoting natural and cultural heritage in and around Greenways as well as an advisory partner, the European Network of Greenways with large experience and knowledge in the project field. The project intends to improve coordination among the different key actors:to develop governance systems to manage Greenways; to identify models and good practices for the protection and maintenance of Greenways; to identify financial instruments and funding for Greenways and to promote Greenways and product development. The interregional cooperation is essential in order to identify, exchange and transfer of practices among regions and, what is more important to plan and prepare specific Action Plans to integrate lessons learned from the interregional cooperation in regional policies programmes.       €967,244.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change?  OUR WAY will be the perfect tool to assist the partners’ territories to strengthen their policies, to enhance their regional development situation and to contribute to the preservation and promotion of natural and cultural heritage through Greenways. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Regional Operational Programme Murcia - TO 6, priority 6c Murcia OP included a mention and money allocated specifically to develop the Greenways due to its importance for the preservation of cultural and natural regional assets that exist in our territory. Tourism Institute was asked to support in the definition of it, proposing as a first step to include basic infrastructure, without being able to add promotional measures for the valorization of its cultural and natural resources. OP measures are to extend the works around the first Greenway developed to reach natural and cultural paths not valorized and the improvement of the infrastructure for other three Greenways delicted. The most important improvement for the policy instrument is to be able to support the sustainable tourism based in the cultural and natural qualities of the regional assets around the Greenways, allowing for the maintenance of the built infrastructure after the investments made. It should be taken into consideration that Tourism represents in Murcia up to 10,1% from Regional GPD and 11,2% of employment. Regarding natural and cultural resources, Greenways are an asset not enough exploited in Murcia Region. It is highly important to integrate different aspects, policies and stakeholders, find financial solutions for sustainable development and develop touristic products that can valorize the resources around them. For that it is required experience and innovative practices to do it in an efficient way. Which partners are working on this? Regional Ministry of Enterprise, Industry and Spokenperson– Region of Murcia Border, Midlands and West Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Thematic Objective Preserving and Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency (6).   Investment Priority Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities (6(e)).   Results Expected The reason we are trying to improve this policy objective is that our Operational Programme is now aligned with our Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies. Our Horizontal Principles are committed to sustainability, promotion of our natural & builds heritage and connectivity of our cultural resources. Greenways have been identified as a key product supporting our regional propositions - development, job creation and sustainability. In addition, the policy instrument is promoting a more effective understanding of our natural and built heritage due to enhanced access. Most importantly the governance of Greenway Development has been effected due to the lack of coordination and other funding mechanisms. At the completion of the 'Our Way' project we aim to have an effective regional plan and full understanding of available financial instruments     Which partners are working on this? Northern and Western Regional Assembly (former BMW Region) Regional Innovation Strategy for the Podkarpackie Region for the years 2014-2020 for smart specialization (RIS3). The Podkarpackie Region Board have adopted a program document entitled Regional Innovation Strategy for the Podkarpackie Region for the years 2014-2020 for smart specialization (RIS3), where regional smart specializations were defined. As one of them pointed out is the Smart Specialization - Quality of Life, which takes into account the development of sustainable tourism. One of the Operational Objectives of the RIS3 Strategy of Podkarpackie Voivodeship is the development of eco-innovative profiled tourist services. As the part of the innovation system is the operating of the Podkarpackie Innovation Council - an advisory body for the Board of Podkarpackie Region and the Smart Specialization Panels - including the Panel on Quality of Life. Their functioning is financed under the system project implemented within the priority axis of the Podkarpackie ROP for the years 2014-2020. Implementation of the RIS3 Strategy involves the continuation of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process - EDP(including the activities of the Podkarpackie Innovation Council and the Regional Panels of Smart Specialization - Quality of Life). EDP aims at identifying business areas where joint action and innovative projects can be implemented, as well as searching of synergies and opportunities for cooperation between regions. There is a need to focus the Quality of life panel for strengthening the sustainable tourism in region by the OUR WAY project.   Which partners are working on this? Podkarpackie Region ERDF Opperational Program 6c - Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage. Thematic objective: 06–Preserving and protecting environment and encourage the efficient use of resources. Priority of the investment: 6c-Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage. The ERDF OP supports the valorisation and promotion of the cultural and natural sites in our Region. The expected results of the chosen policy instrument are as stated in OP: to support the activities of labelling for qualification and categorise the sites and support the actions which are aiming to promote and develop natural and cultural sites in order to contribute to structuration of products and leisure in Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie) region. The content of OP actions refers to these results and also to do studies and prospective on frequentation of the sites and their accessibility to tourists. The priority of the policy instrument is to both to preserve and protect environment and on the other hand to promote the sustainable use of natural resources by conserving, protecting, prioritising cultural and natural heritage. The policy instrument should be improved, as there is not, to support touristic economy which represents 15% Regional GDP and 7% employment. This can be realized by designing and implementing a systematic and integrated management plans for natural and cultural sites in Greenways. In this way the lack of promotion and attractive offer can be tackled and innovative practices for the protection of environment can be developed. Which partners are working on this? Departmental Council of Herault Regional Development Programme of Hajdú-Bihar County 2014-2020 - Priority 3: Competitive Economy - Measure 3.5: Tourism based on county values The Regional Development Programme of Hajdú-Bihar County for 2014-2020 integrates the strategic goals of the county at both sectoral and territorial levels. The objectives of the programme include 8 priorities; within this project we plan to address Priority 3: Competitive Economy focusing on Measure 3.5: Tourism based on county values. This covers developments in Hortobágy National Park; health, eco, pilgrim, nature-related, cultural and active tourism developments with specific focus on preserving built, natural and cultural heritage; formulation of new networks focusing on thematic trails, with special regard to keeping people in the region and promoting local collaborations, while strengthening SMEs. The main aim of the policy instrument is clear but an improved structural background is required with an appropriate approach, enhanced capacity and the potential to creating institutional programmes with incentives as well. New methodologies to efficiently implement the preservation and maintenance tasks are also needed. Which partners are working on this? Hajdú-Bihar County Government Operational programme “Regions in Growth” 2014-2020 (OPRG) The policy includes following measures and activities relevant to the project: Under priority 6c -Conserving, protecting,promoting and developing natural and cultural tourism -OP Regions in Growth/Related training for the staff, working at the supported attractions.Development of tourist infrastructure (tourist paths, climbing routes, horse riding and biking routes and fairs and organize of expedition trips, visits of travel agents, tour operators, writers of travel guides, journalists for promoting the supported attractions; • Public awareness, including through campaigns for raising the awareness • Improving the access of people with disabilities to the cultural heritage sites • Integrated tourism management schemes, coordinated tourism supply development The main reason that the policy instrument should be improved is to focus more intensively on the role of Greenways in protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural tourism as an innovative approach and quality new glance to the opportunities that the region give for territorial development and growth. The access to unique natural and cultural attractions using Greenways, is an economic and environment friendly infrastructure and transport and also healthy way for tourism. The policy instrument should include measures to promote Greenways services more visibly and involve more players and better participation of the enterpreneurs. Which partners are working on this? Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Vratsa Sign up for the OUR WAY newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); OUR WAY Tweets by OUR WAY Latest News See all project news 01/03/2021 Learning from Experience in the Podkarpackie Region "Learning from Experience" was held in the Podkarpackie Region, in connection with the implementation of the project Type: Project 12/11/2020 Online 5th Steering Committee Tuesday, 12th November 2020 Venue: On-line (Teams) Time: 10:00 - 11:30 - AM - CET / duration 1,30 h. Attendees: OUR WAY Project Partners Type: Project 02/10/2020 Study visit in Podkarpackie Region Study visit in the Podkarpackie Region of the partners from Bulgaria from 22-24 September 2020 Type: Project 20/07/2020 3RD INTERREGIONAL THEMATIC WORKSHOP Improving the promotion and marketing of the tourism product; enhancing services and meeting customer expectation, and measuring the economic impact of the iti Type: Project 01/07/2020 Online Study Visit organised by Podkarpackie Region PODKARPACKIE REGION HOSTED OURWAY PROJECT PARTNERS ON AN ONLINE STUDY VISIT Type: Project 28/05/2020 OURWAY Actions Plans Meeting Conclusions  On line meeting on Action Plans  Possible actions to finance tourism, greenways and other non-motorized routes.  Study visits move to "on line" Type: Project 25/11/2019 3rd SGM & 2nd ITW of the OurWay Project Original and successful local development initiatives in the beautiful Bieszczady Mountains in Podkarpackie. Type: Project 11/06/2019 Second Stakeholder Meeting in Ireland The Irish regional stakeholder group for the OUR WAY project met for the second time in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland Type: Project 03/05/2019 Tourism and gastronomy in rural areas OUR WAY was present in Mazarrón (Spain) at the Conference on 'Tourism and gastronomy in rural areas' Type: Project 10/04/2019 Second meeting of the Podkarpackie Regional On 10th April 2019 in the Marshal's Office of the Podkarpackie Region took place the 2nd meeting of the Regional Stakeholder Working Group involved in the imple... Type: Project
05/02/2018
InnovaSUMP Bulletin Newsletter No 2 published
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07/12/2016
Vidzeme Planning Region organises it's Stakeholder & Institutional learning Group (SIG) meeting on 7th December.
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13/06/2017
Pilgrimage and Tourism - UK National Radio Programme
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29/10/2018
Cultural Route "In the footsteps of St Paul, the Apostle of the nations" has been launched in Pafos, Cyprus, as a candidate for Council of Europe certification
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24/09/2018
To support UNESCO Heritage cities in improving their policies for sustainable waste management, the INTHERWASTE project held a series of four thematic seminars.
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23/01/2018
A Joint Meeting on the preparation of the CHRISTA Action plans took place in Granada, Spain, with the participation of all project partners and their experts
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Practical informationIn this section you will find information related to venue and accommodation arrangements. Please keep in mind that travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the participants. For Interreg Europe project partners, the travel and accommodation costs can be claimed through the progress reports and be reimbursed by the programme.We suggest that you book your flights and hotel as soon as possible after receiving a confirmation email from us. Venue  Art Academy of Latvia Address: Kalpaka bulvāris 13, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia Website: www.lma.lv/en  Accommodation Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel (∗∗∗∗∗) Reimersa iela 1, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia Tel. +371 67 093 333   Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel (∗∗∗∗) Elizabetes iela 55, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia Tel. +371 67 772 222   Europa Royale Riga (∗∗∗∗) Kr. Barona iela 12, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia  Tel. +371 67 079 444   Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars (∗∗∗) Kr. Valdemāra iela 23, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia  Tel. +371 67 334 462   Art Hotel Laine (∗∗∗) Skolas iela 11, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia  Tel. +371 67 288 816 Useful informationPublic transport in RigaIn Riga, public transport services are provided by buses, trams, trolley-buses, and minibuses. Riga public transportation works from around 5 a.m. every morning and up until shortly before midnight. Night buses ply some routes during the nighttime hours on weekends. Rigas satiksme website offers public transport timetables, a map, and a route planner.You may find the following routes useful:Bus No. 22 travels between the Riga Airport and downtown Riga.A trip from the airport to the centre of the city takes approximately 30 minutes. Buses leave every 10 to 30 minutes.Tram No. 11 travels between the centre of Riga and Mezaparks neighbourhood. One trip is 30 minutes. In the summer, the Retro Tram also travels the route – a replica of an electric tram of 1909-1910.Bus No. 1 connects Riga centre and the Open-air Museum. One trip will take 35 minutes.Buying tickets, ticket prices The most convenient way to buy public transport tickets is at Narvesen outlets or at stops equipped with ticket machines – although such machines are not available at all stops. Tickets can also be bought from the driver, but tickets bought this way cost more – EUR 2. We therefore strongly recommend buying your ticket before the trip. There are several ticket types to choose from. One trip – EUR 1.15 Two trips – EUR 2.3 Five trips – EUR 5.75 Ten trips – EUR 10.9 A ticket for one trip is also meant for one boarding – if you have to board another transport to reach your destination, you need to register a new ticket. Time ticket: 24 hours – EUR 5 Three days – EUR 10 Five days – EUR 15 These tickets can be used for an unlimited number of trips. The countdown starts once the ticket is registered for the first time – or on the first trip. Buses Latvia has very good and very regular bus connections, making it is one of the most convenient means of transport for anyone who wants to get to know Latvia’s cities, towns and its vast countryside. Information about buses in Latvia, including timetables, journey times, routes, ticket fares and other information, is available on information boards at the bus station, as well as online in Latvian, Russian, and English, on websites such as Autoosta.lv and 1188. Expressions of politeness Thank you - Paldies Please/you’re welcome - Lūdzu Good morning - Labrīt Good day/afternoon - Labdien Good evening - Labvakar Hello/greetings - Sveicināti Good-bye/see you again - Uz redzēšanos Good night - Ar labu nakti Cheers! - Priekā!   Useful words Yes - Jā No - Nē Taxi - Taksometrs Bus/coach - Autobuss Shop - Veikals Police - Policija Currency exchange - Valūtas maiņa Hotel - Viesnīca Riga Tourist Information Centre Cover image credits: Photo by Aleksejs Bergmanis from Pexels Read more Top 10 must-see in Riga Cover image credits: Photo by Aleksejs Bergmanis from Pexels Click here Air passenger rights Cover image credits: Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels Read more
Practical informationPractical informationIn this section you will find information related to venue and accommodation arrangements. Please keep in mind that travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the participants. For Interreg Europe project partners, the travel and accommodation costs can be claimed through the progress reports and be reimbursed by the programme.We suggest that you book your flights and hotel as soon as possible after receiving a confirmation email from us. Venue HUONE Jätkäsaari Länsisatamankatu 16 00180 Helsinki  The workshop will be held at Inno room, on the first floor.  Entrance to HUONE HUONE Jätkäsaari’s entrance is located at the southern end of the building, next to a construction area. You will see a number 16 above the door, it’s the same entrance as Aida Hotel. HUONE’s reception is on the first floor.  Accommodation Aida Hotel (∗∗∗∗) http://www.hotelaida.fi/ Länsisatamankatu 16 - 5.kerros, Jätkäsaari, 00180 Helsinki, Finland   Clarion Hotel Helsinki (∗∗∗∗) https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/finland/helsinki/clarion-hotel-helsinki/ Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Jätkäsaari, 00220 Helsinki, Finland   Local transport Helsinki region transport (journey planner and timetables) Arrival by metro HUONE is only five minutes walk from the Ruoholahti Metro Station. Should you choose to arrive by metro, you are recommended to use tram number 8 (stop ´Cruselllinsilta´), which brings you directly to the entrance. Arrival by tramTram number 8 takes you directly to HUONE. The tram stop is called ‘Crusellinsilta’ and is located right in front of HUONE. Tram number 9 also stops ‘Saukonpaasi’ just a short walk away.Arrival by car From Espoo From Länsiväylä follow signs for Ruoholahti. Then follow the signs for Jätkäsaari. The address is Länsisatamankatu 16, across the bridge (Crusell Bridgem Crusellinsilta) between Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari. From the City Centre From Mechelininkatu turn to Ruoholahti by driving Itämerenkatu until the corner of Länsisatamankatu. Take from the traffic lights in this corner take left  (following the tram line), continue on Länsisatamankatu over the Bridge Crusell. You will spot HUONE entrance on the left just next to the tram stop after the bridge. To park in HUONE parking slot, you need to turn left right after you have crossed the bridge. Our address is Länsisatamankatu 16, across the bridge (Crusell Bridge – Crusellinsilta) between Ruoholahti and Jätkäsaari. HUONE is located in the first building on your left after the bridge. Parking info HUONE customer parking (see map below) is located just next to the HUONE building. Please note that only the nearest area to HUONE building is for customer parking.  (The larger area is operated by the municipality). Drive in from “Messipojankuja”, next to “Martin Wegeliuksen kuja”. No previous registration is needed and the payment can be done at HUONE’s reception upon arrival. Useful informationWhat to do if you miss your flight?According to EU legislation, all passengers departing from/arriving in an EU country (or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland) with a carrier licensed in the EU are entitled to a specific set of rights upon conditions. If your flight is cancelled, the airline must give you the choice between reimbursement or rerouting (you have the right to assistance while waiting). You may also be entitled to additional compensation (€125-€600) under some conditions.For long delays, you may be entitled to assistance and to compensation, depending on the delay length and flight distance.If you are denied boarding, you also have the choice between reimbursement or rerouting. You may also be entitled to compensation. If you choose re-routing, you are entitled to assistance if necessary.The airline must always inform you about your rights.If your luggage is lost, damaged or delayed, you may be entitled to compensation from the airline of up to about €1200.For damaged luggage, you need to file your claim within 7 days of receiving your luggage (21 days for delayed luggage).For more information, please visit the Air passenger rights Helsinki Tourist Information Centre Cover photo credits: Photo by Mihis Alex from Pexels Read more