Regional Events

Integrated work brings success to Granada region


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Granada is a province with a great tourism potential, and it has excellent environmental conditions to star up this kind of project. In this province are located 4 Natural Parks, a National Park (Bio-sphere Reserve) and high level of Astronomical Observatories (Observatory of Sierra Nevada, Observatory of La Alpujarra, Observatory of Parque de las Ciencias). The County Council of Granada is interested in the development of the astro-tourism sector as a competitive and sustainable tourism product.

“Carpathian Sky-Development of tourism products based on astronomy in the region of Slovak-Polish border (Presov Region, Slovakia)” has been the good practice selected to be transferred among all others because Granada has an incipient astro-tourism business sector that works in a separate way. This good practice is an example of an integrated work (joint work among private and public sector) and it has been very appreciated by us.

 

HOW:

May 2014: Organization of Participatory Workshops, where the County Council of Granada could work jointly with the businesses of rural tourism sector, after being informed about Tourage Project, the possible transfer of some good practices identified along the project. The participants chose to be imported the good practice identified by our Slovak partners “Carpathian Sky-Development of tourism products based on astronomy in the region of Slovak-Polish border (Presov Region, Slovakia)”.

July 2014:  1) Meeting with Astronomical Society of Granada, The County Council of Granada presented a report about TOURAGE Project and the good practice to be transferred. As well as the level of development of astro-tourism product in Granada province and also the most important parts for transferring were analysed. 2) Meeting with the entrepreneurs of the tourism sector that develop this product. During this meeting the most interesting parts of the good practice to be transferred were identified:

 

•             Map of the sky of the province.

•             Special training programmes in astronomy.

•             Thematic routes with information points.

•             Specialized guides in astronomy.

 

The entrepreneurs agreed to develop a joint work to take forward these new initiatives in order to improve their businesses and approach to be more competitive.

September 2014: Meeting with the Tourism sector and Regional Scientific Institutions.  During the last meeting, the selected themes formed a new project idea related to astro-tourism. The principal aim is the transformation of the province in an astro-tourism destination at national and international level.

Implementation Plan has been elaborated in order to collect the most interesting results of the information obtained during the project. (Results of the territorial analysis and questionnaires, the good practices transferred both Imported as exported)

The last section is related to the Structured Plan of future actions in the field of senior tourism sector in the province.