Expected Results (EN): R2.1 - Number of tourist overnights in the CBC region

Expected Outputs (EN): The project is directly linked with the result indicator of the programme, because all its activities are focused on increasing the tourist attractiveness of the target region and promoting scientific tourism as a niche to overcome the seasonality of seaside tourism. Any form of travel involves moving from the residence to another location. If this trip lasts more than 1 day, the tourist obviously needs specialized accommodation services to overnight stay in the area. By the nature of the touristic products designed by this project, for each event is implied at least one overnight. Navigation by stars will start in the evening and continue in the night, as this is the appropriate moment to observe the stars. It is presumable that, once the tourists become familiar with the Black Sea, they will want to discover more and more of the region, anytime during the year, not only in the summer season. The Astronomy camps can last, in relation to the astronomic event, even 3 days. Over the course of a year there are at least 50 astronomic events that can be observed on the sky and represent a great opportunity for the astronomy lovers to enjoy their passion. It’s obvious that for each event, at least one overnight per tourist will be spent in the project region, as the best period for observing the stars is the night. As regards the Origins archaeological route, this will be designed in such a way that it will last at least 3 days. The imprints left in the region from past civilizations can incite the interest of the tourist, moreover if the route is presented in an interactive, modern way as it is foreseen in the project. All the products are intended to create a bond between the tourist and the region, so the tourist will have the desire to revisit the region to discover all its heritage. And all the products will promote each other, as for each event (navigation, camp and route) promotional materials for the other two events will be available, trying thus to advertise the products in an integrated joint manner. In this way, the interest of tourists for scientific tourism will obviously increase, especially as the 3 tourist products are innovative in the region, and anything new arouse the interest and desire for knowledge and discovery. The Scientific tourism also complies to a sector that has a huge potential to generate tourism, the educational system (school and learning tourism). The tourism products created within the project can successfully respond to the needs of training and learning system, starting with the primary classes and finishing with the academic stage. The current educational system promotes an active participatory teaching / learning methodology, astronomical camps / navigation by stars representing a highly effective context for teaching or deepening knowledge of stars and universe, and the archaeological circuit for history and civilization development. Any school tourism designed for scientific purposes of knowledge and learning requires at least one night accommodation in the region and can be performed during the educational programmes such A WEEK OF SCHOOL IN ANOTHER WAY, during school holidays or during university internships in both Romania and Bulgaria.