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  • 1. Dr. Elena Kropinova,Assocate Prof., I.Kant Baltic Federal University,(prepared with Anna Belova,I.Kant Baltic Federal UniversityGdansk, 14-15 January, 2013
  • 2. Tourism potentialof the Kaliningrad regionDirect:• Wild Nature• Rich biodiversity of unique species of animals andplants (some of which are included in the “Red book”)• Diverse ecosystems (bogs, marshes, littoral meadows,etc.)Complementary:- Ethno-cultural heritage- Information centers for eco-tourism- Eco-tourism infrastructure and eco-routes
  • 3. Tourism potential ofKaliningrad regionTourism map of Kaliningrad region (The Geographical Atlas of Kaliningradregion)
  • 4. Kaliningrad region in EU tourismprojectsProgrammes of cooperationFinished programmes:- Baltic Sea Region Neighbourhood ProgrammeINTERREG III B/TACIS (2000 – 2006)- … tourismprojects- “Lithuania – Poland – Kaliningrad region of RussianFederation” Neighbourhood Programme INTERREGIII A/TACIS (2004-2006)- tourism projects projects
  • 5. Baltic Sea Region Neighbourhood ProgrammeINTERREG III B/TACIS (2000 – 2006)Project: “Lagomar - natural and cultural heritage in the southernBaltic Sea: Challenges and Prospects” (Results: The result of theproject was to create a network within which the exchange ofknowledge and experience in the study of the historical building bays.)Project: “AGORA - the sustainable tourism development in theBaltic Sea Region” (Results: Network Sustainable TourismDevelopment in the Baltic Sea Region» achieved impressive results inthe coordination of sustainable tourism in the Baltic Sea region. Itresulted in increased level of cooperation and quality of tourism in theregion also prepared a strategy for sustainable tourism in the Baltic Searegion. )Project “VBNDZ” – “Via Baltica Nordica Development Zone”.(Results: The foci of the project activities concentrated on: tourism andrailway traffic, cultural landscape management and tourism, usage ofGIS/Internet systems. The project was a combination of concrete, verylocal activities and the true transnational dimension, insured by theforum to be organised regularly. The project implemented adevelopment strategy created for the Zone as a main outcome of the
  • 6. Baltic Sea Region Neighbourhood ProgrammeINTERREG III B/TACIS (2000 – 2006)Project “BWC” – “Baltic Welcome Center for a high quality sustainabledevelopment of cities and regions in the BSR in the frame of spatialplanning aspects”. (Results: Handbook on service quality standards &guidelines for tourist information and visitor centres in the Baltic Sea Regionwas issued; New IT-solutions were developed by the project including thecommon BWC portal – a virtual visitor centre that provides access to detailedtourist information produced and updated by the partner organisations.).Project “BalticFortRoute” – “Baltic Culture and Tourism RouteFortresses”. (Results: The innovative project developed newmarketing instruments and economic concepts for cultural and touristutilization. It promoted transnational scientific cooperation inmonument protection as well as creating strategies of reconstructionand nature management.)
  • 7. Baltic Sea Region Neighbourhood ProgrammeINTERREG III B/TACIS (2000 – 2006)Project “Castle Tomorrow” – “Development of castles and manor houses ofBSR as cultural heritage objects and town centers in rural areas”.(Results: Handbook of Tools for Sustainable Heritage Conservation: basicteaching, information and learning resource. Version in LT,LV,EE, PL, RU;Videos gallery on Industry Best Practice objects and Pilot sites from theproject; Model for cultural heritage objects development.)Project “Seagull” – “Seagull-DevERB”. (Results: Cruise Tourism in the Balticand Bothnian Sea – a pilot study on maritime tourism was prepared andpublished; Joint Development Programme Strategy was prepared.)Project “Seagull II” – “Russian component of the Development Strategy forEuroregion “Baltic” (Results: The book “Perspectives for development ofinterregional cooperation: Kaliningrad region within Euroregion Baltic” wasissued in RU and EN languages.)
  • 8. Lithuania-Poland-Kaliningrad oblast of RFNP INTERREG III A/TACIS (2004-2006)Project “Reconstruction of international Amber Route – first stagein Pruszcz Gdanski. (Results:Construction and making of 1500meters of amber path for pedestrians and byciclists as well as settingup the Baltic International cultural park in Pruszcz Gdanski, Poland,which is the first point of the link connecting Poland, Kaliningradregion and Lithuania.)Project “Enhancement of Cultural Tourism infrastructure throughNew Culture and Education Facility”. (Results: The historicbuilding in Goldap was renovated and equipped to serve as theinternational cultural and educational center.)Project “Cultural and Historical heritage use for tourism purposesin Pagegiai, Ilawa and Sovetsk borderline regions”. (Results: Thequay was constructed and the park was renovated in Pagegiaimunicipality, the memorial of Bering in Ilawa was restorated)
  • 9. Lithuania-Poland-Kaliningrad oblast of RF NPINTERREG III A/TACIS (2004-2006)Project “Development of structures promoting historical heritagein Sopot, Gdansk, Svetlogorsk and Ozersk”. (Results: Newequipment for museums in Sopot, Gdansk and Svetlogorsk waspurchased, archaeological research camp for young people wasorganised in Ozersk, the concept of the open-air museum“Georgenswalde” for Brachert museum in Svetlogorsk was developed).Project “Development of tourism on base of European square inSuwalki and Miesto Sodas in Alitus”. (Results: The infrastructureobjects were renovated (European square in Suwalki, park in Alitus),six trilateral culture events were conducted in Suwalki and Alitus. )Project “Creation of cross-border bicycle trail along old post roadon Curonian Spit: EUROVELO-BALTICA”. (Results: The technicaldocumentation for construction the bicycle path on the Russian part ofCuronian Spit was developed, the number of seminars, conferences andworkshops on tourism development on Curonian Spit were organisedand conducted.)
  • 10. Lithuania-Poland-Kaliningrad oblast of RF NPINTERREG III A/TACIS (2004-2006)Project “Tourism infrastructure for Berlin-Kaliningrad-Klaipedawaterway in Tczew and Klaipeda”. (Results: the sailing andpassenger port in Tczew was constructed, feasibility study forconstruction of bicycle paths in port of Klaipeda was developed.)Project “Support to development of common recreation space inmacro-region”. (Results: the tourism information center inKaliningrad was opened; the fundaments of the Kaliningrad tourismpromotion strategy was developed; Palanga resort was promotedamong the tourists from Russia.)
  • 11. Lithuania-Poland-Kaliningrad oblast of RF NPINTERREG III A/TACIS (2004-2006)Project “Harmonising Development of landscape: formation ofenvironment of tourism objects by implanting new plants”.(Results: Five Lithuanian parks and seven Russian parks have beenexaminated and the plants for decorating them were planted; thefontane in Kaliningrad Botanic garden was reconstructed; database oftourist attractions and plants was created; technical documentationfor establishing a laboratory within the Botanical garden of theKlaipeda University was prepared.)Project “Development of tourism in frontier areas by means ofpreservation of valuable plants of wild flora”. (Results:The mapof the rare plants of the border area was created; ecological paths weredeveloped by project partners.)
  • 12. Lithuania-Poland-Kaliningrad oblast of RF NPINTERREG III A/TACIS (2004-2006)Project “On trail of castles in Baltic Sea Region –Revitalization and promotion objects”. (Results: TheStrategy for tourism development at nine Gothic Castles inthe Kaliningrad region was prepared; technicaldocumentation for the renovation and conservation of thecastle in Polessk (Labiau) was elaborated; four-lingualpublications about the castles were issued and disseminatedamong tourism information offices in RU, PL and LT.)Project “Opening of water tourism route connection inCuronian lagoon: Klaipeda-Kaliningrad”. (Results: Theinternational water tourism route from Klaipeda to Nida(LT) was opened; the promotion activities in order to reviewwater tourism in the Curonian lagoon between Klaipeda andKaliningrad were conducted.)
  • 13. Lithuania-Poland-Kaliningrad oblast of RF NPINTERREG III A/TACIS (2004-2006)Project “Development of common cultural sphere of EuroregionNemunas”. (Results: Two cultural centers opened in Russia: thebranch of the Historical and Artistic museum of Kaliningrad in Nesterovdistrict, Chistyje Prudy village and the center in the Cherniahovsk oldcastle; a number of cultural tourism promotion matherials (including6000 maps) were published; commom cultural tourism strategy wasdrawn.)Project “CROSSROADS” – “Lagoons as cultural and historicalcrossroads of peoples in South-Eastern Baltic area”. (Results:Number of expeditions along lagoons’ area were organised; the culturaland historical objects were registered; digital exhibitions weredeveloped and presented on info-terminals;the Strategy and Action Planfor development of maritime cultural and historical heritage for theRussian part of Curonian and Vistula lagoons’ area were elaborated;technical documentation for construction of an open-air museum ofViking epoch on the Curonian Spit was developed; two festivals ofhistorical reconstruction of viking epoch were conducted inZelenogradsk district.)
  • 15. Baltic Sea Region Programme2007-2013.Project “AGORA 2.0” – “Heritage Tourism for Increased Baltic SeaRegion Identity”.Implementation period: 2010-2013.Project goal: improving the common identity of the Baltic Sea Region,based on its rich natural and cultural treasures.Results:Analyses on heritage tourism objects of the partner countries wereprepared; survey on tourism perception in Curonian Spit (KO part ofthe project) and in BSR in general was made and results werepublished; tourism portal BASTIS was created.
  • 16. Baltic Sea Region Programme2007-2013.Project “EcoRegion” – “The Baltic 21 Eco Region project”.Implementation period: 2009-2012.Project goal: Promoting the Baltic Sea Region in the firstenvironmentally and economically sustainable region in the world.Results: (for Kaliningrad region)Analysis of ecotourism potential of the pilot districts (Vistula andCuronian lagoons costal area) was made; Map of the eco-routes withinthe Vistula and Curonian lagoons costal area (existing and potential)was created; The role of eco-tourism for sustainable development ofKaliningrad region as one of the Eco-regions in the BSR wasdescribed.
  • 17. Eco Region
  • 18. Current Projects (signed grant contracts)Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border CooperationProgramme 2007-2013: LPR1/010/181Title of the project: Baltic Touristic Games – know-howfor development of tourism potential of Baltic RegionLead Partner: Palanga Town Municipality Administration(Lithuania)Partners: Administration of Svetlogorsk Town (RussianFederation)Objectives: to develop sports and active tourism in theborder cooperation area by providing modern sportinfrastructure and development of better conditions foractive tourism.
  • 19. Current ProjectsLPR1/010/049Title of the project: Baltic Amber Coast. Development ofcrossborder area through building up andmodernization of tourism infrastructureLead Partner: Sztutowo Commune (Poland)Partners: Krynica Morska Municipality (Poland), StegnaCommune (Poland), Ustka Municipality (Poland),Administration of the Municipality “Jantarniy UrbanDistrict” (Russia, Kaliningrad Oblast)Objectives:to strengthen the tourism potential and increasetourist traffic in the crossborder cooperation area throughthe creation of the tourism product Baltic Amber Coastand the improvement of maritime tourism infrastructure.
  • 20. Current projectsLithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-BorderCooperation Programme 2007-2013: LPR1/010/044Title of the project: Baltic Amber Coast. Development ofthe Cross-border Area through Building up andModernisation of Tourism Infrastructure. Part II.Lead Partner: Administration of "Yantarny UrbanDistrict" Municipality (Russia)Partners: Sztutowo Commune (Poland), StegnaCommune (Poland), Krynica Morska Municipality(Poland), Ustka Municipality (Poland)Objectives: to contribute to the development of the touristpotential in the Programme area through improvement ofcapacity of tourism infrastructure in Yantarnymunicipality (Russia) and integration of Yantarny intotourist routes network.
  • 21. Current projectsLithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border CooperationProgramme 2007-2013: LPR1/010/060Title of the project: Museums over the bordersLead Partner: Museum of Archaeology and History inElblag (Poland)Partners: Museum “Friedland Gate” (Russia)Objectives: the increasing of the economic potential anddeepening of the integration of the cross-border regionsand promotion of joint innovative tourist products basedon joint cultural heritage.
  • 22. Current projectsLithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border CooperationProgramme 2007-2013: LPR1/010/001Title of the project: "Lagoons as crossroads for tourism andinteractions of peoples of South-East Baltic: from the history topresent (CROSSROADS 2.0)"Lead Partner: Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia)Partners: Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia),Kaliningrad Regional Museum of History and Arts (Russia),Kaliningrad regional youth public organisation “Traditional group“Speaking Water” (Russia), Administration of Federal StateEstablishment “National park “Curonian Spit” (Russia), Administrationof Zelenogradsk district authority (Russia), Agency for Tourism ofKaliningrad region (Russia), The “Elblag-Europa” Association (Poland),Scientific Association “Pruthenia” (Poland), Folk Architecture Museumand Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek (Poland), Polish MaritimeMuseum in Gdansk (Poland), European Found for MonumentProtection (Poland), Administration of Neringa Municipality(Lithuania), Klaipeda University (Lithuania)
  • 23. CROSSROADS 2.0 - Lagoons as crossroads for tourism andinteractions of peoples of South-East Baltic: from the history topresent.Project objectives:1. Preparation and implementation of small-scale investments intodevelopment and renovation of existing and creation of new objects ofinnovative tourism infrastructure, which are based on the rich andunique common cultural and historical heritage of the cross-borderarea and allow to use this heritage for the joint creation of the cross-border tourist products contributing to the regional growth;2. Strengthening the collaboration between people, NGOs and localauthorities and support of joint actions in the sphere of development,promotion and quality improvement of the tourist products in thecross-border area of Vistula and Curonian lagoons.3. Implementation of joint actions aimed at protection and sustainableuse of cultural and historical heritage of cross-border area ofLithuania, Poland and Kaliningrad region of Russian Federationadjacent to the Curonian and Vistula lagoons
  • 24. Thank you for your attention!Hope for fruitful cooperationwithin our commonstarted project!Elena Kropinovae-mail: kropinova@mail.rupicture by Beti