Tenerife Cabildo presents progress in Greece on EU astro tourism routes

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Turismo de Tenerife leads the European project EU Sky Route

Tenerife – 12.07.2014. The Greek city of Thessaloniki hosted recently the second meeting of the European project EU Sky Route. The initiative, led by the Tenerife Cabildo through the Tenerife Tourist Board, is another step forward towards creating astro tourism routes in the European countries taking part: Poland, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. The project is funded by the European Commission through the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry.

At the meeting, the partners presented their initial proposals. Tenerife aims to develop astro tourism combined with the existing product “Volcanoes of Life.” The merger of volcanoes and astronomy (centred on the Teide National Park and its surroundings) is the line that will mark the development of these routes and Turismo de Tenerife has already held meetings with local companies and professionals interested in creating stars and volcanoes products.

Participants in the working sessions in the Greek city presented the work done so far in their regions and any queries or obstacles encountered during the development process of star gazing routes. They made proposals linking astronomy with mythology as in the case of Greece; with ancient history and archaeological resources, as proposed by Bulgaria and one of the Italian partners and rural tourism and nature, as proposed by Poland and Valencia.

The meeting was held at the Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum (NOESIS), headquarters of one of the EU Sky Route partners. It is the follow up meeting to the kick off sessions which took place in January this year in Tenerife. Further meetings are planned until the completion of the project in April 2015.

Institutions participating in EU Sky Route are the National Institute of Astrophysics Cagliari in Sardinia (INAF) and the Institute of Regional Economic Trends in Ancona (TENDER), both from Italy; Social Development Institute of Lisbon (IDS), Portugal; Personal Consult G. Popov (GPOPOV) in Sofia, Bulgaria; Science Center and Technology Museum of Thessaloniki (NOESIS), Greece; Regional Tourist Organization of Subcarpathia (PROT), in Rzeszów, Poland; with the Valencia Tourist Agency (AVT) and Turismo de Tenerife representing Spain.

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