Final press conference in Blagoevgrad

Today, November 16, 2020 in Blagoevgrad, Republic of Bulgaria, a final press conference was held on the project “Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia for tourism as health prevention.”

The press conference was attended by Dimitar Manikatov, Manager of the Foundation “Health Prophylaxis”, Lead partner of the project, representatives of the tourism business and the non-governmental sector, as well as academia.

The main goals of the project, the implementation of the activities and the achieved results were noted. Attention was paid to the positive feedback from the participants in the project activities and their understanding of the need for future joint initiatives to promote tourism in the cross-border region and its adaptation to the challenges posed by the crisis with the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Mr. Mladen Protic, head of the Center for Development of the Third Northeast Planning Region, also joined in via video conference. He thanked for the assistance provided in the implementation of the project, the good partnership

The press conference was attended by stakeholders, representatives of local authorities and the media from the region.

Health and Tourism Guide

In the framework of the the Guide we unite major outputs achieved in the course of the Project – research and analysis of the tourism sites and resources in Blagoevgrad District (Bulgaria) and North-East Planning Region (North Macedonia), the results from the five-day workshop under the project and the tourist product developed by the Youth Initiative with the assistance of an external expert.

The present Health and Tourism Guide follows the main objective of the project – to promote the development of health, wellness and sports tourism in the cross-border region between Blagoevgrad District and the North-East Planning Region in North Macedonia by outlining the suitable opportunities and tourist points of interest by types of tourism – health, wellness and sports. Also, the present Guide contains a detailed description of the tourist product, developed by the youth Initiative in the form of a tourist route with details about the various sites. It is important to underline that this tourist product also indicates different cultural points of interest with which the cross-border region is bountiful with and whose location often coincides or is in the vicinity of sources of mineral waters, etc.

The document is prepared in implementation of the project „Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as a health prevention“ with reference number CB006.2.23.116 under the Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Bulgaria-Northern Macedonia.

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The guide can be found here or in the “Reports and Guides” section

Presented tourist product for health tourism to young people from the cross-border region

Today, November 12, 2020, young people aged 7 to 19 from Blagoevgrad and Kriva Palanka were presented the tourist product demonstrating the potentials for health and sports tourism in the Northeast region of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Blagoevgrad region in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The tourist product is the result of the initiative of young people from both sides of the border, who took part in five-day workshops on topics such as health tourism, spa and wellness, health prevention and others. These events were held within the project “Youth from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as health prevention”. This product is a complete offer for health and wellness tourism in both regions. Young people from Bulgaria and young people from Macedonia had the opportunity to take part in the presentation through a virtual conference call, in order to comply with the restrictions imposed by the competent health authorities on gatherings and bans on cross-border travel.

The project is implemented by the Health Prevention Foundation from Blagoevgrad, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Northeast Regional Development Center for Planning of the Republic of Macedonia, within the INTERREG – IPA CBC program of the European Union for cross-border cooperation between the two countries.

One of the goals of the project is to create conditions for health prevention and prophylaxis through the construction of tourist facilities in the town of Kriva Palanka and to promote the cooperation of young people and people with disabilities on both sides of the border.

As part of the project on the quay of Kriva Reka in Kriva Palanka, an outdoor fitness zone and a mini golf course have been built, and in Blagoevgrad a Center of the Health and Tourism Network has been established, which will provide free health services for young people and people with disabilities. both from the municipalities and from the region

The event was also covered in the media in the Republic of Northern Macedonia:

Coverage in Macedonian media


Closing press conference in Kriva Palanka

Closing press conference in Kriva Palanka

Today, November 11, 2020, in the town of Kriva Palanka, Republic of Northern Macedonia, a final press conference was held on the project “Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia for tourism as health prevention.”
The press conference was attended by Mr. Mladen Protic, Head of the Center for Development of the Third Northeast Planning Region, and Mr. Boryancho Mitsevski, Mayor of Kriva Palanka Municipality, on whose territory the main activity of building a mini golf course and street fitness was performed. .
The main goals of the project, the implementation of the activities and the achieved results were noted. Attention was paid to the positive feedback from the population about the built sports facilities and their place in the overall volume of investments for a healthy lifestyle.
Dimitar Manikatov, manager of the Foundation “Health Prophylaxis”, Lead partner of the project, also joined in via video conference. He thanked for the assistance provided in the implementation of the project, good partnerships and satisfaction with the results achieved.
The press conference was attended by stakeholders, representatives of local authorities and the media from the region.

A five-day workshop “Tourism as health prevention” for children and young people begins

The five-day workshop, organized by the Foundation “Health Prophylaxis”, Blagoevgrad and the Center for Development of the Third Northeast Planning Region in the Republic of North Macedonia, is expected to continue from November 3rd to 7th. The initiative is part of a project entitled “Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as a health prevention” with reference number № CB006.2.23.116 under the Cross-border Cooperation Program Interreg-IPA Bulgaria-Northern Macedonia.

The workshop will be attended by children aged 7 to 19, who will learn about important details about tourism, health prevention and the opportunities provided by the rich and diverse resources that the cross-border region offers in the field of spa and wellness.
After getting acquainted with the objectives of the project, a quiz is planned, aimed at acquainting the attendees with the characteristics of the natural and geographical factors of the Northeast Planning Region (NEPR) and Blagoevgrad District.
At the end of the workshop there will be a practical part related to the development and preparation of tourist routes aimed at health prevention, development of health, spa and wellness and sports tourism for the target regions of the two countries.
The project aims to develop tourism capacities in the two regions for health prevention and cooperation of young people on both sides of the border. So far, project activities are building an outdoor fitness area and a mini golf course in the quay of Kriva Reka in Kriva Palanka, and in Blagoevgrad a Center of Health and Tourism Network has been established, which will provide free health services for young people and people who can visit the municipalities in the region.

The trainings for children and youth at the Center of the Health and Tourism Network have ended

On October 31, 2020, the series of three-day trainings for children and youth on topics related to health, prevention and the role of tourism as a factor for the convergence of young people in the cross-border region ended.

The trainings were held in the newly opened Center of the Health and Tourism Network in the cross-border region between Blagoevgrad District and the Third Northeast Planning Region in the Republic of North Macedonia. Children from the Republic of North Macedonia also took part in the training through virtual conference tools, in view of the restrictions on travel abroad and the restrictive measures imposed by the competent health authorities.

The trainings are expected to contribute to increasing the interest of young people in tourism, the tourist opportunities in the cross-border region and the opportunities for improving the health and prevention of various diseases and disabilities.

The participants expressed their satisfaction with the presented information and instructions and promised that they would visit the many tourist sites in the region as soon as possible.

Notice for expert services

“Provision of expert services for analysis of tourist resources and preparation of a joint report”

The Foundation “Health Prophylaxis” organizes the current call for tenders within the procedure for concluding a contract for “Provision of expert services for analysis of tourist resources and preparation of a joint report”. The procedure is organized within the project “Young people from Bulgaria and Macedonia together for tourism as health prevention” with ref. CBB006.2.23.116, which is implemented under the Second Call for Project Proposals of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program between Bulgaria and the Republic North Macedonia, co-financed by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (CCI 2014TC16I5CB006). The procedure is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Practical Guide to Contractual Procedures for External Actions of the European Union (version 2019) and the Guide for project implementation under the Second Call for Proposals of the Program (version 1 / July 2019).

More information and tender documentation:

Contact person: Dimitar Manikatov

Telephone: 0886799304

Email: profilaktikazazdrave@gmail.com

The deadline for expression of interest and submission of tenders is 20.12.2019, 17.00 hours local time.

The project is co-funded by EU through the Interreg-IPA CBC Republic of Bulgaria – Republic of North Macedonia Programme.
Този проект е съфинансиран от Европейския съюз чрез Interreg – ИПП Програма за трансгранично сътрудничество между Република България и Република Северна Македония.
Овој проект е кофинансиран од Европската Унија преку Interreg- ИПА Програмата за прекугранична соработка меѓу Република Бугарија и Република Северна Македонија.