European Territorial Cooperation Programme «Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013»

Local products Festivals and Tourism development in cross-border cooperation Greece-Bulgaria – LOFT

June 2013


Brief Description:

Local fairs/ trade shows associated with local products are significant cultural 'assets' of the cross-border region of Greece-Bulgaria.

They can contribute substantially in the preservation & promotion of traditional products, related production methods & infrastructure/equipment. Consequently, they consist part of the local cultural identity, an essential element of the branding & originality of each region, and function as poles of tourist attraction.

However, currently, such events are rather poorely publicised, while the cross-border region lacks coordination initiatives that can jointly promote, reinforce and further develop such local trade shows.

In this context, today there is an opportunity for both enhancing cooperation between local products' trade shows in the region, and further developing tourism through these events. LOFT addresses this opportunity by proposing the development and coordination of local trade shows in the cross-border region.





SES-AUTH:                             110.160 €

IEE:                                        107.720 €

Municipality of N. Zihni:              91.190 €

Neofit Rilski:                             90.980 €

Eco Nevrokop:                          92.670 €

DAMT                                       22.500 €

Total Budget:                515.220 €


The project serves a dual purpose:


To achieve the above purpose the project sets the following specific objectives:

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