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INTERREG DANUBE GEOTOUR AT THE ITB IN BERLIN FROM 6TH – 10TH MARCH 2019
14.03.2019 – Successful interactive Danube GeoTour booth at the world’s largest tourism trade fair
At the beginning of March, the project partners of the Interreg Danube GeoTour had the possibility to present their activities and outputs at ITB Berlin. Alongside other UNESCO Global Geoparks around the world, the Interreg Danube GeoTour was present at the booth of the Global Geoparks Network at Hall 4.1. in the “Youth travel, adventure travel, responsible tourism and economy accommodation” segment.
During the five days of the fair, various visitors were attracted by the new image video, new image brochure and the new GeoTour info stand. UNESCO Global Geoparks Hateg (Romania), Bakony-Balaton (Hungary) and Idrija (Slovenia) offered a degustation of their GeoProducts which was very popular with the guests stopping by our booth. Geopark Železné hory from the Czech Republic surprised visitors with a self-developed GeoApp that includes Augmented Reality, while Idrija UNESCO Global Geopark had the chance to present its lace-making tradition.
Four of the partners had prepared a special photo corner to present the GeoOutdoor products they had developed. Each visitor got a polaroid picture as a souvenir gift which displayed them GeoRafting at Styrian Eisenwurzen (Austria), GeoBiking in UNESCO Global Geopark Karavanke (Austria/Slovenia), GeoClimbing in Papuk (Croatia) or GeoHiking in Aspiring Geopark Djerdap (Serbia ). In addition, goodies such as postcards and magnets were given out.
Communication Manager Oliver Gulas had the chance to present the project and the image film of the Interreg Danube GeoTour during the 14th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals in the hall mentioned above. In conclusion, the presentation of the Interreg Danube GeoTour and its activities at the ITB has been successful following its four key messages:
-Feel the Geopark’s nature and geodiversity
-Experience Earth’s History along the Danube
-Enjoy meeting the people, traditions and cultural heritage
-Explore GeoCulture and GeoOutdoor activities
The main result of the project will be a joint Danube GeoTour designed to strengthen the cooperation between the Geoparks of the regions and act as an innovative tourism product to increase the Geoparks’ visibility and the number of visitors. Sharing experiences, testing pilot Geotourism products and following new interpretative approaches should increase the commitment of local inhabitants’, management capacities of the Geoparks and lower the quality gap between the Danube Geoparks and other EU-Geoparks.
For more information on the project and its organizers, please go to:
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