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Paschalis Psaltopoulos Presents Project Promoting Development of Accessible Tourism
Paschalis Psaltopoulos Presents Project Promoting Development of Accessible Tourism
Paschalis Psaltopoulos, Management Unit of Nestos -Vistonida and Rhodope National Parks, addressing the conference, Thessaloniki, April 16, 2024 (BTA Photo)

The project "Pathways of accessible heritage tourism" promotes the development of accessible tourism for people with disabilities, older people, and persons with reduced mobility, said here on Tuesday Paschalis Psaltopoulos from the Management Unit of Nestos-Vistonida and Rhodope National Parks. He was speaking at the 5th Bulgaria-Greece cross-border conference, held as part of BTA's project "Europe in the Balkans: A Common Future". The conference is held simultaneously in Thessaloniki and Blagoevgrad. 

The project includes four directions of activities: international educational visits for exchange of good practices; improvement of infrastructure, for example of the accessibility in the village of Banya, Razlog Municipality; construction of information interactive signs; and organization of events in border areas.

Psaltopoulos mentioned another direction, that of improving the available information at the local border level. That includes: a common approach and joint strategy; special thematic research of opportunities, challenges and regional policies that should be applied for the development of "accessible tourism related to cultural heritage"; thematic research of the European system ETIS; a tour guide with information about accessibility for visitors of the cross-border region between Greece and Bulgaria (in Greek, Bulgarian, and Braille) as well as a list of sites and routes of the natural and cultural heritage in the areas of Thessaloniki, Kavala, and Evros: an accessibility assessment system for people with disabilities and older persons; education and training of professionals  and interested parties; manuals on attracting and caring for people with disabilities for those teaching and studying for professionals in the field of tourism.

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