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Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:20

TPNM PROGRAM

What is TPNM?

TPNM is a European financed program targeting to create a competitive tourist product from this area able to absorb a part of the mass upcoming tourist market in Europe arriving from China, Japan and Russia along with strengthening the relationship of the two countries, Albania and Greece.

The Tourism Promotion to New Markets project (TPNM) comes to address issues emanating from the difficulty of Cross Border (CBC) areas to increase their competitiveness as a common tourist product.

The current situation exhibits a lacking of an integrated tourism marketing strategy as there are many partial operations, sites/systems of limited capabilities and outdated technology, especially when one considers the recent shift of interest in social media and the wider use of mobile phones. Given the expansion of e-tourism market and the corresponding reduction of conventional distribution channels, the current situation requires immediate and concerted action to upgrade the electronic display, management and distribution of the tourism product.

The international practice and experience in marketing management of touristic destinations requires centralized management of information for each destination through advanced and technologically state of art portals that provide geo-localized information.

The project aims to unify the touristic product of the CBC area for increasing the visibility of its touristic potential and promote its attractiveness not only to domestic and EU markets but also to new touristic origins (Russia, Japan, China), while strengthening tourism business ties in both sides. To that end, five partners from Greece and Albania have joined forces to create the conditions of a unified touristic product of the cross border area, capable of stimulating touristic development.

The partners will develop an integrated web-based tourism platform which will host all the information about tourist attractions, activities and amenities of the area that nowadays is dispersed in various sites both CBC sides.  It will also incorporate a graphical presentation of monuments/interesting sites of the CBC area will use uploading on Google maps and extensive translation to languages of new tourist markets. It will also incorporate technology state of art tools, including applications for mobiles and social web media. For the best design and use of these instruments, a marketing media plan will be conducted.

In addition, business to business meetings (including targeted visits in Japan, China and Russia) will help to identify common opportunities-threats and to formulate a common strategy for the promotion of the touristic product of the area. In this dimension, having created a platform and strengthen from operational aspect, the touristic product of the area, the participation of partners to exhibitions will target to the attraction of tourists, especially from new markets. At the end of the TPNM the CBC area will have acquired an important tool integrating for the first time digitalization of all the existing sites, endorsed important synergies between tourism stakeholders for the development of a common touristic product, while it will enjoy a competitive advantage in penetrating in new markets-possible tourist origins.

Finally, the project’s objectives and results will be communicated through a strong communication plan, including newsletters, press releases and conferences held in both sides of the border.

 

PARTNERS

Municipality of Corfu

The Municipality of Corfu stands in its present form since 2011 after 15 former municipalities had been merged. Today it is separated in 15 municipal units from which 12 have their headquarters in the island of Corfu and the rest in the smaller islands, Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. The municipalities that are in the island of Corfu and are the following: Agios Georgios, Achilleio, Corfu (city), Esperies, Faiakes, Kassopaia, Korissia, Lefkimmi, Meliteieis, Palaiokastritsa, Parelioi, Thinali.

Geographically Corfu and its islands are the northern borders of Western Greece on the Ionian Sea, belonging to the Ionian Islands and are across Albania. Its population is 101.080 persons in 2011 and it is extended in 641 km2.

 

InnoPolis Organization

Interregional Centre for Inter-Regional Innovation & Competitiveness

InnoPolis' vision is to promote a holistic sustainable approach of innovation - both technological and social, in harmony with cultural values for the benefit of EU integration and Regional competitiveness.

 

BIC of Epirus

BIC of Epirus was founded at the end of 1996. Its funding, for the first 18 months, was partially (50%) through E.U. and 50% through Local Partners (non-profit organization).

The aim of Centre is: “The promotion of activities regarding a Development Centre for Innovative Enterprises, at no expense”. This aim is achieved through the provision of innovative services to local enterprises and bodies as well.

BIC of Epirus is a Full Member of the: EBN (European Business Network that numbers 150 full members and 77 collaborating members worldwide) & B2Europe.

 

Region of Vlore

The Region of Vlore includes the districts of Vlore, Saranda, Delvine. It has 26 communes and municipalities (7 municipalities and 19 communes).

The Region is extended in the southwestern part of Albania and is wetted by the Adriatic and Jon Sea. The Vlore district is the center of the region and also commerce, industry and many other intercommunication centers. The coastal zone of Vlore region is one of the most beautiful one with a rich history and a broken variety relief with its diversity of forms had directly influenced the climate and the sort of the tourism phenomena.

 

Albanian Tourism Association

ATA was founded in April 2008 to combat the lack of comprehensive, competent representation of the private tourism sector. To support the businesses of its members, ATA advocates favorable framework conditions and offers services to its members which should lead to high-quality products and tourism services, efficient business management by well-trained staff and, finally, to increased revenues.

Its vision is to become a competent, powerful association, the unique voice of the tourism industry which will be able to ensure favorable framework conditions for the private tourism sector and render effective services to its members who will improve the business outcome.

Its mission is to pool the restricted resources of the private tourism sector, will become a competent partner for the public sector in the tourism development, will monitor and contribute to this development, will increase public and administration awareness of tourism and advocate in the interest of the tourism industry.

Monday, 06 October 2014 21:23

Why visit Vlora Region - Albania

VLORA Region is situated in the South-Western part of Albania, in a beautiful location stretching along the Ionian sealine. The main cities of the region are Vlora and Saranda.

Vlora city is situated in the front of Karaburun Peninsula surrounded by beaches and rocky sand. The city is the 2nd major port of the country. Vlora is an old city founded in the 6th century BC originally known by the name AULONA. The city carries historical importance to Albania as it hosted the First National Assembly, which declared the country’s independence from Ottoman rule on November 28th 1912.

The city of Saranda sits above its natural bay, opposite the Greek island of Corfu. The city’s built form still follows its natural geomorphologic form of an amphitheatre. Saranda was first made a port to service Finiqi, in the 3rd C B.C. and in the I-st C B.C. expanded to a settlement, called Onhezmus. Many remains of the Roman and Byzantine periods are to be found scattered around the present day town. The area around Saranda is also blessed with a number of archaeological sites. The most important of these is most certainly Butrint, a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. The ecosystem surrounding the area is a national park, offering you the opportunity to walk in a real Mediterranean “jungle”.

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Monday, 06 October 2014 21:23

Why visit Epirus region - Greece

Epirus, formally the Epirus Region , is a geographical and administrative region in northwestern Greece. It borders the regions of West Macedonia and Thessaly to the east, West Greece to the south, the Ionian Sea and the Ionian Islands to the west and the country of Albania to the north. The region has an area of about 9,200 km2 (3,600 sq mi). It is part of the wider historical region of Epirus, which overlaps modern Albania and Greece but mostly lies in modern Greek territory.
Greek Epirus, like the region as a whole, is rugged and mountainous.It comprises the land of the ancient Molossians and Thesprotians and a small part of the land of the Chaonians the greater part being in Southern Albania. It is largely made up of mountainous ridges, part of the Dinaric Alps. The region's highest spot is on Mount Smolikas, at an altitude of 2.637 metres above sea level. In the east, the Pindus Mountains that form the spine of mainland Greece separate Epirus from Macedonia and Thessaly. Most of Epirus lies on the windward side of the Pindus. The winds from the Ionian Sea offer the region more rainfall than any other part of Greece.
The Vikos-Aoos and Pindus National Parks are situated in the regional unit of Ioannina of the region. Both areas have imposing landscapes of dazzling beauty as well as a wide range of fauna and flora. The climate of Epirus is mainly alpine. The vegetation is made up mainly of coniferous species. The animal life is especially rich in this area and Epirus is divided into four regional units, which are further subdivided into municipalities. The regional units are: Thesprotia, Ioannina, Arta and Preveza.
Regional Unit of Ioannina. The city of Ioannina, next to the lake Pamvotis, is the capital of Epirus, northwestern Greece. Lake Pamvotis lies at the centre of a 480 metre-high basin in a picturesque mountain setting, with the Kyra Frosyni Island in its middle and the sprawling city of Ioannina on its western shores.

Natural beauty, historic and modern buildings come together at Ioannina, offering a vibrant and contemporary city comprising the most important commercial and cultural centre in Epirus and north-western Greece.

The Archaeological Museum of Ioannina exhibits finds from Epirus ranging from the Paleolithic period to Roman times. They include artefacts from the sacred area of what claimed to be the oldest-known oracle in ancient Greece in the Temple of Zeus at Dodona.

Byzantine finds can be seen at the 'little island' of Kyra Frosyni and monasteries with splendid frescoes, together with the legendary Ali Pasha's house - last refuge. The Byzantine museum at Ioannina situated in the medieval castle within the citadel, is also worth visiting. The tomb and the headquarters of Ali Pasha can also be found here. A walk along the lake shores and the castle walls, next to historical places and buildings conjures-up legends such as that of Kyra Frosyni. She was sentenced to drown in the lake after having caught the eye of Ali Pasha who desperately fell in love with her.
The regional unit of Arta is located north of the Ambracian Gulf. The main mountain ranges are the Athamanika in the northeast, the Pindus in the east, and Valtou in the southeast. Only one mountain road links Arta with the Pineios valley and Thessaly. There are low-lying agricultural plains in the west. Arta borders on the regional units of Preveza in the west, Ioannina to the north, Trikala in the east, Karditsa to the east and Aetolia-Acarnania to the south.
The main rivers are the Acheloos in the east, the Arachthos in the centre, and the Louros in the west. Most of the population lives in the west, in the Arachthos valley, south and east of Arta. The Athamanika and Valtou mountains are the least populated. The area around Arta was ceded at the Congress of Berlin to Greece in 1881 by the Ottoman Empire, along with Thessaly. A famous landmark of Arta is the Old Bridge over the Arachthos river.
Regional Unit of Thesprotia is one of the regional units of Greece and it is named after the Thesprotians, an ancient Greek tribe that inhabited the area in antiquity. It covers the NW part of Epirus region and its population consists of 46.000 inh.
Igoumenitsa, capital of Thesprotia, is the biggest harbor in NW Greece which constitutes the main naval gateway from Western Europe. Its role is upgraded with the new port and Egnatia highway making Igoumenitsa known as one of the major transport centers of Europe.
Thesprotia is a mountainous area shaped by the west mountain chain of Pindos, which gradually lowers towards the Ionian Sea.  Among these sierras, small and oblong valleys open, crossed by the rivers of Kalamas & Acheron which outfall in the sea.
The particular geographic position of Thesprotia, its bas relief and safe natural moorage, drove the Mycenae settlers to found fortified settlements, from the 14th century BC. The history of the region is imprinted upon the ruins of cities, castles, monasteries and archaeological findings. In the 15th century, Thesprotia is occupied by the Ottomans and constant fight for liberation peaks with the brave resistance of the people of Souli.
Preveza is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Epirus region. Its capital is the town of Preveza. The regional unit of Preveza is located northwest of the Ambracian Gulf. The Ionian Sea lies to the west. The terrain is mostly hilly. The mountains of Xerovouni are in the far northeast. Rivers include the Louros in the east, and Acheron in the north. Its climate is typically Mediterranean with hot dry summers and cool winters. Snow is not uncommon in winter at higher elevations.
Preveza was established as a prefecture in 1915. The area was first settled by the Greek tribe of the Thesprotians and subsequently formed part of the Kingdom of Epirus and later the Roman Empire. The Battle of Actium took place in the area in 31 BC, following which the city of Nicopolis ("city of victory") was built by Augustus. The area became part of the Byzantine Empire, and following the Fourth Crusade, split off along with the rest of Epirus to form the Despotate of Epirus. The area passed to Ottoman rule in the 14th century, which lasted until 1913. Following the Balkan Wars, the area was awarded to Greece in 1913, at which point the prefecture was created. The prefecture included the island of Lefkada, until the latter was split off in 1955 as a separate prefecture Lefkada.
The ruins of the ancient cities of Nicopolis and Cassope, and the Necromanteion lie in the prefecture.
Zalongo
is a mountain village, known for its monastery.
Parga
is a historic port town and a resort.

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Monday, 06 October 2014 21:23

Why visit Corfu Island - Greece

Corfu is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Greece opposite Epirus and Albania at the entrance of the Adriatic sea.

The island of Corfu was mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey as the kingdom of the Phaeacians, and in particular in Odyssey’s wanderings after the Trojan War until he reached his homeland, the island of Ithaca.

Corfu played a significant role in the events and politics of western Greece during ancient times. During the Roman and Byzantine Empire the Island served as an important administrative, economic, military and commercial centre.

During the Ottoman period in Greece, Corfu was under occupied and under the protection of powerful large western powers, namely the Venetians, and latter for short periods the French, Russians and English, all of whom valued the island’s geopolitical and geo-economic importance. The result of all this was for Corfu to remain to this day strongly influenced by a western presence. This is especially with the Venetians who occupied the island for 532 years and the British for 50 years.

There are many architectural and cultural monuments left by this Western presence and which help shape the local character. Examples include the Old City, which is designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

But beyond the history and architecture of the old city of Corfu, we can state that this beautiful island has many lovely beaches, most of which have been designated as "Blue Flag", which are located next to lush vegetation and besides many picturesque villages.
From 1965 Corfu experienced a great tourist boom with many tourist businesses locating to cater for the tastes and demands of all kinds of tourists
The lush island is literally a challenge and an invitation to explore. A weekend is a very short time to get to know the island, therefore it is suggested at least one week to meet and to find out its secrets and surprises of this earthly paradise.
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Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:39

MIKSI VIERAILLA Vloran alueella

VLORAn alue sijaitsee Albanian lounaisosassa, kauniilla paikalla Joonianmeren rannalla. Tärkeimmät kaupungit alueella ovat Vlora ja Saranda.

Vloran kaupunki sijaitsee ennen Karaburun nimimaata ja sitä ympäröivät uimarannat ja kivinen hiekka. Kaupunki on maan toiseksi tärkein satama. Vlora on vanha kaupunki joka on perustettu 6. vuosisadalla eKr. ja sen alkuperäinen nimi oli AVLONA. Kaupungilla on Albanialle historiallista merkitystä, koska siellä pidettiin ensimmäinen kansalliskokous, jossa maa julistettiin itsenäiseksi ottomaanien vallasta 28.11.1912..

Sarandan kaupunki sijaitsee luonnon muodostamalla lahdella vastapäätä kreikkalaista Korfun saarta. Kaupunki on rakennettu amfiteatterimaisesti paikan morfologian mukaan. Saranda oli Phoeniken satama 3. Vuosisadalla eKr. Ja se laajeni Onhezmus-nimiseksi asutukseksi. Monia Rooman ja Bysantin ajan löydöksiä on löydetty ympäri nykyistä kaupunkia. Sarandan ympäristössä on myös monia arkeologisia alueita. Tärkein näistä on Buthrotum (Butrint), UNESCOn maailmanperintökohde. Ympäröivä alue on luonnonpuisto, joka tarjoaa mahdollisuuden tutustua aitoon Välimeren “viidakkoon”.

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