Strengthening Tourist Entrepreneurship and Promotion of Services - STEPS

Project code:CB007.2.13.077
Project call:CB007.2
Priority axis / Specific objective:1.3 People-To-People Networking
Type of project:Soft
Project duration in months:15
Project final contract amount:137564.32 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:12.03.2020
Project end date:11.06.2021
Project intervention field:075 - Development and promotion of tourism services in or for SMEs
Project summary:

The project main objective is increasing of the quality of the tourist products and services in the cross-border area and developing new ones through increasing the qualification and stimulating entrepreneurship among youths.

Activities:
1. Study "Opportunities and challenges for provision of quality tourist services and products in the CBC area“;
2. Action plan for fostering entrepreneurship in tourism;
3. Specialized training for young entrepreneurs in tourism;
4. Online platform for business consultations and start-ups in the sector of tourism;
5. Young tourism entrepreneurs networking event.

Expected results:
1. Conducted survey among 100 key stakeholders on the needs and challenges in tourism in terms of human resources, quality of services and entrepreneurship. Organized round table with 30 participants. Elaborated 3-lingual report on the study "Opportunities and challenges for provision of quality tourist services and products in the CBC area“;
2. Elaborated Action plan for fostering entrepreneurship in tourism, based on the above study and 3 focus groups with 20 participants each, held in Kyustendil, Vidin and Pirot;
3. Conducted training of 45 young entrepreneurs in tourism;
4. Developed online platform STEPS for provision of active educational initiatives and consultations for start-ups in tourism;
5. Established young entrepreneurs’ network in the field of tourism – STEPS.

Target groups:
- Students and unemployed in the CBC area;
- Stakeholders - business, institutions, authorities, NGOs in the CBC area;
- Population of the CBC area;
- Tourists/visitors to the CBC area.

Partners

Leading partner
Community Centre "Bratstvo 1869"
PP2
Municipality of Vidin
PP3
Association of Citizens "Ponisavlje"