This became clear at a preliminary working meeting held this Saturday at the Regional Youth RAISE Center. It discussed the establishment of a possible Tourist Cooperative in Pernik district, as a possible legal form.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various organizations from the municipalities of Breznik, Radomir and Trun, as well as people developing tourism and agricultural activities in the region. Experts from the Center for Sustainable Communities Development - Stanimira Hadjimitova and Bozhura Fidanska, presented an analysis of the state of the Tourism sector in Pernik region, as well as summarized results of a survey on the attitudes of the local population towards the establishment of a tourist cooperative.

The poll was conducted in February this year by Milen Milanov and Desislava Alexandrova from the RYC Breznik. Among the interviewed were representatives of various fields and industry organizations.

The meeting focused on the problematic aspects and opportunities that the region offers for the development of various types of alternative tourism such as rural, religious, sports, adventure, gastronomy and others.

The experience of other European countries in the field of cooperation and association was also questioned.

Thus, RYC Breznik and CSCD set the stage for a series of meetings that will continue next month. Their main goal is to form a working group to engage in the registration, operation, recruitment and marketing of future tourism organization.

The RAISE Youth project, implemented by the Center for Development of Sustainable Communities, covers over 500 young people aged between 18 and 29, living in the municipalities of Pernik, Breznik, Trun, Radomir, Zemen and Kovachevtsi, who are not currently involved. Within its framework, various trainings for career and personal development are passed, and the most active 20 participants will be provided with additional training and mentoring assistance to start their own business.

The RAISE Youth project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.




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