On June 29-30, 2017, a second workshop with stakeholders within project „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“ was held in Montana.
The Executive Director of ARRBC 2000 – Montana, Georgia Dimitrova, opened the seminar and presented the members of the project team.
During the seminar the project and the marketing strategy for development and positioning of the tourist product in the cross-border region of Romania-Bulgaria was presented.
The participants in the seminar received answers to a number of questions about basic parameters of the tourist service – number of passengers in the basket, height of flying in free and attached flight and others. The upcoming tethered flights in 10 towns were accepted with great interest from representatives of the tourism industry as well as local authorities. Another event of the project – the balloon fiesta in September 2017 in the town of Montana, was also expected with interest from the participants in the seminar.
The participants in the seminar had the opportunity to observe tethered flight of the hot-air balloon LZ-APP in the village of Studeno buche, municipality of Montana.
On June 26-27, 2017 in the village of Ribisha, Vidin, the first of 4 workshops with stakeholders was held to present the project „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“. The marketing strategy for the development and positioning of the tourist product in the cross-border region of Romania-Bulgaria was also presented during the seminar.
Representatives of the tourism industry have become acquainted with the options of the tourist attraction for free flight, as well as tethered flight.
The possibilities for inclusion of the developed tourist product in tourist offers in the cross-border area were discussed. The participants shared the view that the diversification of tourist supply in the Danube region is important and useful for all 8 areas on Bulgarian side as well as the 7 areas in Romania.
The participants in the seminar had the opportunity to observe a free flight of the LZ-APP hot air balloon in the vicinity of Belogradchik.
Tourism fair was held in Sofia between 14 and 16 February, 2017. The project partners had the opportunity within this forum to tell about the idea of creating a new cross-border tourist product to many participants and visitors. Significant interest was shown by many tour operators, travel agents, television and tourism sites, hoteliers, guides and others.
On November 10, 2016, the training course for hot air balloon ground crew was launched. The training was organized by the Agency for Regional Development and Business Center 2000 – Montana as a partner in the project „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“.
The training sessions took place in Montana, where the purchased hot air balloon flew for the first time.
Training instructor was Mihai Ilie – a pilot of a hot-air balloon from Romania with a remarkable experience and an impressive 1300 flight hours. Within 10 days, he trained 10 men and women from Romania and Bulgaria to assist and assist the pilot in the preparation, raising and landing of the balloon. The training course took place in theory and practice and successfully prepared the members of 2 ground crews – Romanian and Bulgarian.
The combination of adrenaline and difficult activities has made training an adventure for all participants and the project team.
After a lot of practical activities and adventures around the balloon, the training ended successfully for all.
The beginning of the balloon adventure was set. Forthcoming are flights on ropes, seminars and at the end of the project – balloon fiesta.
The first press conference was held to present the project „Balloon adventure – a new joint tourism product“ to media representatives. The Executive Director of ARRBC-Vidin – Evtim Stefanov, presented the project’s purpose and the planned activities, as well as the program through which the project is financed – INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria.
The idea of creating a new cross-border tourist product was interesting for the journalists and reflected in many information sites.