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Interreg V-A Slovakia-Hungary Cooperation Programme

 

Project date: 01.06.2019. – 30.09.2020.

Project acronym: THEMATIC ROUTE FOR AGES 0-100

Project title: Tourism for all ages 0-100: tours and recreation on „Palócföld – Hont – Podpol’anie” joint thematic route

Project No.: SKHU/1801/1.1/026

Total awarded support for the project: 657.350,00 EUR

 

 

Project partners:

- Palóc Út Kulturális Turisztikai Klaszter Egyesület (Lead Beneficiary – HU)

- Fáyné Tornóczky Judit (HU - Terény)

- Cicáskacus Vendégház Kft. (HU - Mátrafüred)

- Natália Bendíková (SK - Hrušov)

 

The following content is available for the project:

1. PROJECT SUMMARY >>

2. REPORTS >>

3. PRESS CONFERENCES >>

4. WORK SHOP >>

 

 

 

Project summary:


PALÓCÚT created the “Palócföld-Hont-Podpol'anie – Traditional Thematic Route“ as cultural touristic thematic route in the Hungarian-Slovak border region.

Our mission is

- the joint development and touristic utilisation of the common natural and cultural heritage of the said border region,

- to integrate economic players (tourism enterprises).

 

Target groups:

The most important feature of our border region as a common destination is untouched nature and tourism supply based on living traditions. Thus, our visitors are

- ecotourists,

- cyclistc,

- those seeking cultural heritage and traditions.

With the joint project we plan to satisfy the demands of these target groups on a high quality level so that it draws further guests and generate 10% increase in the number of visitors.

The three areas in which the partner SMEs carry out development:

- Creating tourist shelters and recreational spots,

- Establishing bicycle rent system and equipping it,

- Creating the infrastructure and equipment for culinary and event tourism based on traditions, organising tours encompassing the whole destination area.

 

The three SMEs design service elements that can also be used by other tourism enterprises of the border region (appr. 500 economic players): e-bicycles, mobile kitchen, bicycle and passenger transport vehicle, event venue), the development has an impact on the whole Thematic Route area.

 

The activities have unified objectives; still can be differentiated and complement each other according to various needs of different age groups:

 

The most important function of PALÓC ÚT Association carrying out management and communication tasks is to support the sales and marketing of the generated products and services.

 

 

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1. period

In the first period Natália Bendikova purchased 8 trekking bikes, one bicycle trailer and two mobile bicycle storages, and carried out the public procurement procedure for these equipment and that for the construction works.

Photo documentation is here.

 

2. period

CICÁSKACUS: Following successful procurement procedure, the purchasing contract for the minibus was signed. Following successful procurement procedure, the contract was signed with the software developer. Development specification has been accomplished, domain name has been booked, testing environment and related market research have been elaborated. The first progress payment invoice was settled.

FÁYNÉ: Technical documents have been prepared and contract was signed with the contractor of the infrastructural investment. The contractor has issued 4 advance invoices and 6 progress payment invoices in the accounting period.

NATÁLIA: E-bikes were purchased in the accounting period, 15 bicycles in total. Investment items listed in the asset purchasing budget line have been purchased for the end of the period. The first progress payment invoice for the infrastructural investment was settled and the investments carried out according to the construction contract. For the end of the period the 8 trekking bikes, the bike transporter and the 2 bicycle storages have all been purchased. Performance according to the first progress payment invoice of the infrastructural investment. The construction investment has been started as well following successful procurement procedure.

 

Terény Photo documentation is here.

Hrušov Photo documentation is here.

 

3. period

CICÁSKACUS: Following the procurement procedure the contract for the minibus sale was signed. Advance payment was made together with signing the contract. The delivery of the vehicle has been postponed to the next period due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Following the procurement procedure contract was signed with the software developer. We had to initiate a re-scheduling due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The second element of the II. milestone could be accomplished in this period. Development specification has been prepared, with v2, admin site with v1 functions. GDPR and Terms and conditions document outcomes. Finalising the visual identity with the selected visual design with regard to compulsory visual elements of the project. Implementing the user website (landing page) visual elements without functions. The COVID-19 epidemic situation makes the implementation and the financing of the purchases more difficult, therefore the modification of the project part’s deadline became necessary.

NATÁLIA: The construction of the study trail and of the infrastructure has begun. The procurement of bicycles and storages was accomplished in the previous period, and the rest house on line 7.1.1. was also constructed.

FÁYNÉ: Construction plans for the folk lifestyle court have been prepared; bids have been collected and the contractor agreement has been signed. The construction has started following the selection of the contractor. The COVID-19 epidemic situation makes purchases, constructions and financing difficult, therefore the modification of the project part’s deadline became necessary.

Terény Photo documentation is here.

Hrušov Photo documentation is here.

 

 

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24. 01. 2020. Press Conference - Balassagyarmat

 

The project opening press conference was organised by Palóc Út Cluster Association as Lead Beneficiary for the 24th of January 2020. 63 journalists had been invited to the event, but representatives of only 3 media came (Nógrád Megyei Hírlap, Hír TV and Ipoly TV). József Bózvári, the head of Palóc Út Cluster Association opened the press conference. He shortly introduced the project THEMATIC ROUTE FOR AGES 0-100 and its background. He then passed the word to Éva Ott, chief technical expert on the project, who introduced the bicycle rental system to be implemented. Then project partners introduced their project elements and planned outcomes and results.

Photo documentation is here.

 

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06.08.2019. Work Shop -  Gyöngyös-Mátrafüred

 

  The Lead Beneficiary held the 1. workshop and project meeting for project partners in Gyöngyös-Mátrafüred on the 6th of August 2019. The 1. point on the agenda was the proceedings of project implementation. Participants discussed financing possibilities and scheduling of the project in the 2. agenda point.

Photo documentation is here.

 

24.01.2020. Work Shop - Balassagyarmat

 

  The Lead Beneficiary held the 2. project meeting workshop in Balassagyarmat, on 24. 01. 2020 for the project partners. The first topic involved the actual matters of the project. Participants discussed mainly the difficulties of project financing and the extension of project duration. When preparing the funding proposal it was not clear that SMEs cannot request advance payment. This caused difficulties for the three SME beneficiaries to different extent. Practically, the first reporting period was the time for acquiring alternative resources for pre-financing, procurements could start in period II. only. Presumably a duration extension will be necessary following the submission of partner- and project reports. In the 2. topic partners discussed the preparation and promotion of the bicycle rental system. They focused on the ways of finding co-operating partners in the Palócland-Hont-Podpolanie programme area for developing the system.

Photo documentation is here.

 

28.08. 2020. Work Shop - Terény

 

 The Lead Beneficiary held the 3. project meeting workshop in Terényt, on 28. 28. 2020 for the project partners. The first point on the agenda of the meeting was the discussion of project period extension. The bicycle rental system was discussed in the 2. point.

Photo documentation is here.

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