Communication of the winner destination under the ad-hoc grant European destinations of excellence – selections 2016 project entitled GRO/SME/16/C/071 – TOURISM – BULCULTOURism

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:45

Ministry of Tourism announced the final results of the national selection procedure under the project entitled "Bulgarian cultural tourism destinationations of excellence" GRO/SME/16/C/071 – TOURISM – BULCULTOURism.

The national procedure for selection of new EDEN destinations under the theme of “cultural tourism” has been officially launched on 1 July 2017 with a deadline to submit Application documents on 8th September 2017. In May and June 2017 the project team and the external expert drafted the application package for participation in the national selection procedure.

In June 2017, the project ream delivered 6 information days in 6 cities of Bulgaria –administrative centers of NUT2 regions, Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Gabrovo, Lovetch, Burgas, Varna. In July 2017 the subwebpage dedicated to the project has been created by an external contractor. The first promotional campaign about the selection campaign has been conducted in August 2017 in printed and internet media.

Within the application period, 31 applications have been submitted, 29 of which from municipalities of Ardino, Sapareva Banya, Mezdra, Belene, Lovetch, Brezovo, Samokov, Stara Zagora, Burgas – with 2 application packages, Dragoman, Petrich, Dryanovo, Radnevo, Devnya, Kostenetz, Chavdar, Maritza, Haskovo, Dve Mogili, Kardzhali, Yambol, Elena, Botevgrad, Varna, Sliven, Malko Tarnovo, Bansko, Smolyan and 2 from the regional administration of Lovetch and Dobrich.

The evaluation procedure has been done by the project team and the external expert following the evaluation procedure, which is a part of the application package.

In October on the spot check has been conducted to the selected destinations 1 winner destination and 4 runners up.

The final ranking is the following:




Mezdra Municipality

Dragoman Municipality

Tchavdar Municipality

Ardino Municipality