Flourishing Destinations

Overview

Transnational Cooperation Project with Belgium and Romania LAGS. This project builds the capacity of the three applicant destinations (commercial and resident hosts in Angus (UK), Meetjesland (BE) and Bazinul Dornelor (RO)) to participate in developing a flourishing visitor economy that benefits all stakeholders.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

The biggest achievement has possibly been successfully navigating the LEADER processes and managing the project successfully using new processes including procurement and evidencing value for money.

How has your project benefited your local area?

There has been a lot of activity as a result of the project. All events have been free, which has been helpful to include normally excluded groups. The projects have increased businesses’ confidence and helped people realise the positive impact that local people can have welcoming visitors. The Murton Trust have delivered all their activities as well, which included 20 different craft workshops. The project has benefitted over 200 businesses that have been involved in the delivery of the project.

What has been your biggest challenge?

One of the biggest challenges was to explain the Flourishing Destinations concept. To get the engagement going with real community members and encourage them to see the difference this project could make. Explaining the nuances between not necessarily wanting more tourists but just giving the existing tourists a better experience has been a challenge.
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