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ICTr-CE

Project overview

Innovative participatory sustainable business model for cycling along the Iron Curtain Trail

The potential of transnational cycling routes for tourism is still underdeveloped in central Europe. This includes the Iron Curtain Eurovelo Trail, which connects regions from Poland to Croatia along the European Green Belt. The ICTr-CE project improves the business case for this route by developing new tourism products. These result from a newly developed participatory business model, which strengthens the innovation capacities of local businesses.

2,67m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

9

Countries

11

Regions

12

Partners

2

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

33%

About the project

Innovative ICTr Cycling develops an innovative tourism product along the Iron Curtain/ EuroVelo 13 as a long-distance cycling trail. The 3.000 km long route crosses the Central Europe territory from northern Poland to Croatia through 8 countries. The trail bears a significant historical and cultural meaning and overlaps with the European Green Belt. We will first develop the innovative ICTr international cycling product and a participatory business model involving service providers and tourism boards along the route. We will then work on the development of the impact measurement system and ICTr Good Impact valorization program for NGOs. In the end, solutions will be transferred to all EuroVelo routes and mainstreamed. As a result, SMEs, tourism boards, regions, and NGOs will gain innovation competencies and successfully minimize negative and stimulate positive tourism impacts to foster overall sustainability appeal and economic prosperity along the Iron Curtain Cycling Trail.

Project partnership

Project partners

Magyarország (HU)

Lead partner

Westpannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd.

Address
Horváth Boldizsár krt. 9
H-9700 Szombathely
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.westpannon.hu

Project partner

Main unit
Address
Diós dűlő 1/a
7627 Pécs
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.crost.hu
Total partner budget
226,800 €
Address
Reteče 215
4220 Škofja Loka
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://www.iskriva.net/
Total partner budget
327,600 €
Faculty for tourism studies - Turistica
Address
Obala 11a
6320 Portorož
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
www.upr.si
Total partner budget
173,880 €
Address
Obervellach 15
9821 Obervellach
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.trail-angels.com
Total partner budget
332,640 €
Address
Údolní 33
60200 Brno
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
www.partnerstvi-ops.cz
Total partner budget
189,000 €
Marshal's Office of the Westpomeranian Region / Marshal's Cabinet / Office of Promotional and Information Projects and Department of Infrastructure and Transport / Office for Cycling Communication
Address
Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 40
70-421 Szczecin
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.wzp.pl
Total partner budget
151,200 €
Wydział Gospodarki Komunalnej – Referat Mobilności Aktywnej (The Municipal Services Management Department – The Active Mobility Unit)
Address
ul. Nowe Ogrody 8/12
80-803 Gdańsk
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.gdansk.pl
Total partner budget
151,200 €
Address
Komenského 21
97401 Banská Bystrica
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.ekopolis.sk
Total partner budget
161,280 €
Address
Rue de la Charite 22
1210 Brussels
Country
Belgium (BE)
Web
www.ecf.com
Total partner budget
245,200 €
Address
Antun Nemčić Street 5
48000 Koprivnica
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
https://kckzz.hr/
Total partner budget
189,000 €
Address
Jöllenbeckerstr. 291
33613 Bielefeld
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.oete.de
Total partner budget
191,520 €

Roadmap

1

Mission:

Sustainable innovation

To develop an innovative participatory sustainable business model for cycling along the Iron Curtain Cycling Trail.

2

Challenges:

• lack of innovation capacity • lack of awareness of the impacts of sustainable tourism and its potential benefits • lack of international cooperation and tailor-made business education

3

Goal:

We will create a bookable Iron Curtain Cycling Trail in 3 sections of the trail: • North: PL-DE • Central: AT-CZ-SK • South: SI-HR-HU

4

Results:

• joint innovation network of SMEs, tourism boards, regions and NGOs along the ICTr • improved quality of the offer along the Iron Curtain cycling trail available for international markets • improved competitiveness and innovation competences of SMEs, NGOs and tourism organisations

News

EuroVelo 13: Certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019

P1 Smart

NEWS

15.02.2024

EuroVelo 13: Certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019

EuroVelo 13, also known as the Iron Curtain Trail, has been officially recognized as a Certified Cultural Route by the Council of Europe since 2019.

What is so interesting about the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail

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NEWS

12.02.2024

What is so interesting about the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail

The cycling trail EuroVelo 13, also known as the Iron Curtain Trail, follows the path of the former Iron Curtain. Along the cycling trail, you can find many interesting museums and monuments commemorating the history of the Cold War.

Events

Explorer Tour Czech Republic/Slovakia/Austria

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EVENT

Austria

In Person

08 - 15.06.2024

Explorer Tour Czech Republic/Slovakia/Austria

Cycle through history on the EuroVelo 13, the Iron Curtain Trail. Join our guided Explorer Tour from June 8th to June 15th through the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia. Discover remnants of the former barrier that separated Europe, and enjoy the region's cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Study Visit of the Slovenian Section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route

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EVENT

Slovenia

In Person

26 - 27.09.2023

Study Visit of the Slovenian Section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route

The second study visit of the ICTr-CE project was organised in Portorož and Piran in Slovenia by the University of Primorska. The meet gave us an opportunity to discuss the needs of tourism SMEs and explore Slovenia’s coastal region.

Study Visit of the Hungarian Section of the EuroVelo 13 – The Iron Curtain Trail

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EVENT

Hungary

In Person

04 - 05.04.2023

Study Visit of the Hungarian Section of the EuroVelo 13 – The Iron Curtain Trail

The partners of the ICTr-CE project had met in a charming little town called Fertőd, located in Hungary, and took a ride on the EuroVelo 13, also known as the Iron Curtain Trail, the central part of the project.

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Máté Deák
Phone: +36308359184

Finance Manager

Delinke Bejczy
Phone: +36304888974

Communication Manager

Zdravko Kozinc
Phone: 0038640187430