P3 Well-connected region
3.2. Improved services of existing small ports to improve local and regional mobility and contribute to tourism development
Archipelago and Islands
01.02.2018 - 31.01.2021
€8 427 979
€6 410 220
To plan a trip spontaneously, it is crucial to be able to find reliable information. The availability of highly valued harmonized standards like Blue Flag and Blue Star Marina in a harbor, usually influences travelers in their choice of (next) destination.
Maritime and coastal destinations are a growing trend among families, youth and middle-aged tourists. Visitors’ expectations towards service quality is very high. Keywords are clean facilities, service variety, availability of modern technologies, safety etc. The quality of facilities differs in harbors substantially. Uncoordinated small harbors’ actions are not sufficient to improve the service level.
The aim of the project is to help harbors transform into attractive and modern ports by connecting harbors & other relevant actors across CB borders to jointly enhance the level of services. The motto of the entire project is: “Opening the door to a destination”. As a result of the project, a Visitor-friendly harbor is opened not only for (boat)tourists but also for hikers, cyclists, families from the village nearby/beyond. Dockside pedestals should provide 2-or 3-phase electricity along with drinking & non-potable water. Laundry, modern mooring, ship logs, BerthMaster online etc will be a definite part of available services in harbors
Ålands Utvecklings Ab
Partner budget: 3.700.734 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 2.775.551 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 852.060 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 639.045 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 1.167.800 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 875.850 EUR ERDF
Skärgårdsstiftelsen i Stockholms län
Partner budget: 260.888 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 195.666 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 1.554.137 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 1.165.603 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 892.360 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 758.506 EUR ERDF
Företagsam Skärgård r.f.
Ålands Natur & Miljö r.f.
Other expected results of the project can be characterized as follows:
a) The number of tourist visits after the project implementation is in average increased by 80 % as a minimum
b) Low or renewable energy solutions (solar panels, combined electricity and water systems) are taken in use in 28-30 harbors
c) The number of BlueStarMarina certified harbors: 6
d) The number of BlueFlag certified harbors: 24
e) One representative per harbor will be participating in practical study-visit to central Europe where the visits to different Blue Star Marina or Blue Flag certified harbors will be combined with 1-2 thematic and very practical trainings (subjects will be selected before each visit)
f) Joint marketing – Existing network of BSM and BF is opened for certified harbors (30) but in reality the entire region (including all 34 harbors) will attract an interest and benefit from it. Several tools, taken in use in every region, will jointly form a network of local/regional/international tourism promotors along with other organisations active in boattourism.