Regional Events

During the project Vidzeme Planning Region chose two good practices from the partnership to transfer in the region. In the result of one good practice transfer, after 2 months intense trainings, 14 seniors in Amata county became volunteer tourist guides.

 

November 24, 2014

Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency has targeted to change the bad habit of elderly generation in the field of active and healthy lifestyle. According to this purpose the chosen good practice for transferring is the Senior Games good practice presented by Euro Baltic Region from Poland. 

 

November 21, 2014

An important step was taken when Tourism Operational Programme 2014 - 2020 of North Karelia was approved by the Administrative Board of Regional Council in October 2014. During the preparations of the programme TOURAGE representatives emphasized the importance of senior tourism and its growth prospects.

 

November 20, 2014

Granada is a province with a great tourism potential. “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.

 

October 14, 2014

 

The Senior Cultural Volunteers Programme was officially launched on the 26th June 2014 in  the Galway City Museum by the Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Donal Lyons. The Good Practice was proposed by the County Council of Granada, Andalucía, Spain and adopted by the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly through the co-operation of the Galway City Museum and the members of the Active Retirement Associations located in Galway.

 

June 29, 2014

For many years now, the Federation of Social Organisations of Warmia-Mazury Region (FOSa) has been implementing measures to raise standards of the elderly’s life.FOSa strives to meet the expectations of senior citizens and offers an original method – Silver Sharing Initiative. It is focused on the development of active aging in three areas – social participation, education and tourism. It becomes part of a new trend in social development and tourism that bases upon available resources.

 

May 29, 2014

 

On 12th of September the seminar - workshop in senior tourism was organized by Vidzeme Planning Region. Apart of disseminating idea about TOURage Project and main targets, it was an opportunity to update knowledges in senior tourism marketing as well as participate in parallel workshops  and help creating ideas for an implementation plan to improve senior tourism in the region.

 

September 16, 2013

 On June 13th to 14th 2013,the West Regional Authority attended and promoted the TOURage project  at the EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing in Dublin. This summit was held in association with  the EU Presidency, jointly organised by the Ageing Well Network and the Global Coalition on Ageing.

September 13, 2013

Promoting senior tourism and active ageing is a very important priority in the Lake Balaton Region. Led by this purpose, the Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency launched an other project as well in this field besides the TOURAGE project. The project “Active Ageing”, financed by the Austria-Hungary IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013, started in Januray 2013 and will end in December 2014. The project is implemented by the cooperation of 6 organisations from the terrirotory of the micro-region of Schneebergland in Austria and the micro-region of Keszthely in Hungary.

July 2, 2013

Between 5 and 6th June 2013 in Kadyny the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic organised a two-day workshop for regional stakeholders focusing on senior tourism in the context of regional policy planning. The workshop resulted from a direct co-operation of the Association with the Warmia-Mazury Regional Centre for Social Policy in Olsztyn and the FOSa Federation of Social Organisations, which are now in the process of drafting a new Regional Programme for Seniors 2014-2020. The Programme is being drafted by a special task force consisting of regional politicians and civil servants, as well as representatives of senior citizen organisations, NGOs, academia and law enforcement agencies. The Association is also directly represented in the task force to actively engage the regional authorities in discussions on the importance of senior tourism and promote the TOURAGE project and its good practices among regional stakeholders. This joint cooperation resulted in the concept of senior tourism, along with other activities such as sports and recreation, becoming one of the key areas of intervention in the new programme.

 

June 20, 2013

Over 100 companies from the Trade, Tourism, Retail, Health promotion and NGO sectors took stands at the 3rd Trade and Tourism Show held by Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) on 9th of April 2013 in Wexford. The event was very successful with around 2000 people in attendance. 

April 15, 2013

On 21st March 2013 in Elbląg the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic held a thematic seminar for representatives of local authorities, senior citizens associations, academia and tourism industry entitled “Seniors in tourism – a desirable target group or unwanted customers”. Seminar participants were engaged in a series of discussions focusing on the tourist potential of seniors, evaluation of the quality of the existing tourist offer and the role of local authorities and entrepreneurs in promoting tourism among seniors.

April 1, 2013

 

"Seniors - foreigners staying in 2012 Podkarpackie region usually carry recreation trips that last about 8-10 days (32%). Most trips are also weekly (25%) and longer lasting 2-3 weeks (24%). One in ten respondents reported very long trips, lasting one month or more. "- This is one of the conclusions of the research study, realized by team led by Dr. Krzysztof Szpara of Rzeszow University of Information Technology and Management. The initial presentation of the results of these studies took place at the regional workshop held in Marshal’s Office of Podkarpackie Region on March 15, 2013.

 

March 20, 2013

 The Age Friendly Business Recognition Scheme is an initiative that has been launched under the Age Friendly Counties Programme.  The Age Friendly Business Recognition Scheme encourages businesses to improve the customer experience for older people. The scheme, by the Ageing Well Network, will encourage businesses to tap into the sizeable over 60s market by improving the customer experience for older people and increase revenue for businesses.

March 13, 2013

On 22nd February 2013 Tourage project was presented to the partners of Contemporary Old City - Enhancing cultural tourism across the border project financed by the Karelia ENPI CPC Programme and led by the City of Joensuu (North Karelia). The project aims to promote historical and cultural centers and activities in Petrozavodsk and in the city of Joensuu. The project consortium consisting of 4 organisations from North Karelia and 5 from the Republic of Karelia inventories the regions’ cultural and historical offers and creates a joint marketing plan for the regions. Also a platform for the information related to cultural and historical sites will be formed. The meetings held with the two projects showed that there are many possibilities regarding senior tourism in both regions which have many tourist attractions that could be advertised for +55 travelers.

 

March 4, 2013

Last November, more than 250 older people from Galway City and County came together as part of the Age Friendly County programme for Galway. The Age Friendly County Programme is a key initiative of the Ageing Well Network – an independent network of leaders and heads of organisation across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the field of ageing who share a vision of Ireland as the best country in the world in which to grow old, and are committed to achieving it.

December 21, 2012

During the second project period, Tourage participated in three different dissemination events held in Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland. The objective was to promote the project, spread information of the demographic change and collect data for the tourism survey that is conducted in each partner region.

 

December 21, 2012

Active Retirement Ireland, an organisation that aims to foster independence and solidarity among older people, is making a significant contribution to Irish society, according to a Report produced by the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Ireland.  Active Retirement Ireland is a national network of 550 local Active Retirement Associations that provide a variety of activities for more than 23,000 older people in the Republic of Ireland.

December 21, 2012

The Sports Federation of North Karelia and the Finnish Senior Citizens’ Housing Ltd. organised an event called Senior Citizens’ Health Fair on 23th of October in the city of Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland. The fair drew over 1 300 visitors with its diverse programme, including musical performances, doctor’s lectures, panel discussion and sing-along. Also 19 stands with information on different organisations, associations and projects dealing with health and well-being were spread around the fair area. This year the seniors had an opportunity to talk to, among others, the representatives of the Finnish Heart Association, Dementia Association, Disabled War Veterans Association of Finland and the central organisation for Finnish traffic safety (Liikenneturva). The fair was free for the public and exhibitors.

 

November 2, 2012

As a part of the implementation of the TOURAGE project, the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic has begun collecting first questionnaires on the participation of seniors in tourism. Thanks to the invaluable assistance and support from the “Without Barriers” Tourism Association in Gdynia, on 3rd October 2012 the project surveyed more than 40 seniors from the Gdynia area.

October 22, 2012

Tourage took part in the Day of the Old Town on 11th August 2012 in Joensuu, Finland. 

August 12, 2012

North Karelia University of Applied Sciences have created a definition for the “knowledge of ageing “ in their publication “Check Marks for the Knowledge of Ageing” based on their long expertise in that matter. According to that publication the knowledge of ageing means knowledge and skills in which the global phenomenon of ageing can be seen as an opportunity for all to learn and live a new type of a full life in all sectors and branches of the society.

June 26, 2012

Representatives of local and regional authorities, academic institutions, tourism organisations and enterprises were present to share their ideas on senior tourism on the 8th June 2012 in Debrecen, Hungary. The event was an opportunity to introduce the TOURAGE INTERREG IVC project to the wider audience, and also to focus on the “2012 - European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations” and its contribution to tourism development.

 

June 8, 2012