Establishment of a SAVE / GEO Tourism center and development of SAVE tourism destination in Smolyan region

Project facts

Project promoter:
Bulgarian Heritage National Association
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Final project cost:
From Norway Grants:
€ 590,000


The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of Rhodopi mountains region as a trans-border area in south Eastern Europe through management and enhancement of local natural, cultural, infrastructure and human resources. The project will introduce a model called "Scientific Academic Volunteer & Educational" (SAVE) tourism. The SAVE concept is a recently identified niche tourism market segment, the growth of which is fuelled by the new trends in travel demand and introduces and promotes environment into tourism sector. The project is expected to contribute to the overall social and economic development of the region and to influence positively the overall quality of the tourism industry on a national level.The new SAVE Centre will be part of world wide network of The Global SAVE Travel Allience, formed by National Geographic Society, Counterpart International, George Washington University and The Honduras Institute of Tourism.