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107-year kayak of TID 2017

14.08.2017

   62th round of the International rowing regatta on the Danube 2017 entered the Bulgarian section of the river. The regatta started on 24 June and will continue until September 7.

   TID (Tour International Danubien) is an annual regatta on the Danube River, which passes through almost all the coastal countries along the river - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. For nearly two months kayakers pass it around 2513,5 km. The route is divided into stages, each Danube country has one stage. Some participants go the entire distance, others only a few stages as desired and opportunities.

More than 100 rowers from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, France and Bulgaria take part in this year's regatta.

   85-year-old Ombreto (Wanderer) from Sofia is the oldest participant, who for the 52nd time traverses the Danube.

  The youngest rover in this year's regatta is the 14-year-old Joseph Derventski from Sofia, who joins for the seventh consecutive year in the Bulgarian section to the Danube Delta.

   Participants in the regatta are Cornelia and Helmut Hofmann of the Rowing Club, Ulm, Germany, who sail with a kayak made in 1910. The rowers' seats are made of special material and their individual size.

   In the regatta for the second year there is also a raft on which Nikolay (Yazovetsa) from Sofia travels. The lagoon moves on its own, without the use of oars.

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A man-amphibian swam through the Danube

Sonya Machorska

   More than 150 swimmers from Bulgaria, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic joined in the swim the Danube River in the town of Svishtov, informed from the press center of the local municipality . The attraction was the Human Amphibian, who swam the river into a sack with his arms and legs tied.

  For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Danube flooded a significant number of participants from many Bulgarian cities - Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Pleven, Rousse, Varna, Blagoevgrad, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Pavlikeni, Sandanski, Popovo, Troyan, Harmanli, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Ravda and other. A special participant in the anniversary swim of the Danube was Jane Petkov from Sandanski, known as the Man-Amphibian. He said he was preparing for a world record, and his unique achievements owed to proper breathing, proper nutrition, and the power of thought through which everything could be achieved.

   The flood of the Danube was opened by the President of the City Council - Dr. Christian Kirilov who wished success to all the participants and proudly stressed that for 60 years Svishtov Municipality has maintained this tradition, underlining the importance of the great European river for Bulgaria .

   Overtaking has no competitive character, and traditionally all participants have been awarded certificates. Awards were provided by the Regional Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross - Veliko Tarnovo and the Municipality of Svishtov. Distinctive awards handed over and SA "D. A. Tsenov "- Svishtov.

   The award for the oldest participant received Mihail Kachaunov from Veliko Tarnovo, who participated in the swim for the 54th time; The prize for leader of the largest group was awarded to Velko Kazandzhiev from the town of Elena, which has over 50 river crossings.

   The smallest participants this year were Nadezhda Ivanova from Sandanski and Boriana Ivaylova from Pavlikeni, who were not afraid of the strong flow of the second longest river in Europe and swam the whole distance without any problems;

   This year the prize for the largest family, swam in the Danube, went to the family of Rousse, who were in a 4-member team.

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EU-pilot project between Bulgaria and Romania

Sonya Machorska

   The Maritime Administration Executive Agency of Bulgaria is a leading partner in a joint project with the Romanian Maritime Administration, which was presented today in Vidin.

   The main objective of the project "Development of a common database and legal framework for ship inspections carried out in the joint Danube River Danube Region through an Interface to the National River Information System" (DANRiSS) is to increase the level of coordination between the two public institutions. The development of specific shipping rules on the Danube will avoid duplicate inspections of the right shipowners and the rest will be obliged to abide by them.

   The project was presented by the Executive Agency "Maritime Administration" - Bulgaria and RNA - Romania and the respective directors Peter Kirov and Ion Zeicu.

   Bulgaria is the first country of Danube, which is built administrative and operational center for monitoring ship traffic. From September 2015Bulgaria has a working river information center with 23 nodes located along the river. The center is equivalent to the months before this traffic towers in Varna and Burgas.

   The construction of a modern river information system in the Bulgarian section of the Danube as part of the European system to ensure effective and safe navigation on inland waterways in the Community "River Information Services" (RIS). In the month of December 2014 in Rousse opened center from which to manage it, which is one of the important steps to improve the conditions for navigation on the Danube.

   In 2002 the countries situated along the Rhine and the Danube signed an agreement to create a pan-European River Information Services (COMPRIS), which monitors traffic on the waterway, monitor the maintenance of navigable pat, security of ships and protection of the environment. The information can be used in real time by crews.

   After the completion of the project, the Danube Commission is expected to include other Danube countries.

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Dunav Ultra - the longest cycling route in Bulgaria

Sonya Machorska

   This is the longest tourist biking route in Bulgaria - 730 km along the Danube River to the Black Sea.

  "The whole Danube River on the territory of Bulgaria is part of the history of Ancient Mizia - a real treasure in the direct and transitory sense," says Boris Begumov, a 48-year-old marketing entrepreneur, the creator of the Danube Ultra.

   In 2017, the event offers the distance traversing the two-stage distance along the 550-km "Danube River" stretch of the Danube Ultra which after Silistra continues to Dobrich and ends on the Black Sea in the area of ​​the village of Durankulak, said Iglika Ivanova, editor of the web site of the same name. The event aims to promote these places as attractive tourist destinations not only nationally but also of global importance. " For the first year within the cycling route is held "Gladiators on wheels".

  By popularizing the opportunities for cycling, the participants in the race are traveling along the Danube Ultra route from the village of Kudelin, Vidin, to the town of Silistra. Their goal is to overcome the distance of 550 km in less than 40 hours, broadcasting the winners in stages and in their entirety. For the little Finals, on the 8th of July in Svishtov are expected to arrive about 41 cyclists.

   At this year's event, the athletes will pass through all the Bulgarian Danube cities, finishing literally meters from the remains of the Basilica of Damian - the place where the present city of Silistra was founded under the name of Durostorum some 2000 years ago.

   The history of the ancient castles and villages - Bononia, Ratiaria, Augusta, Ulpia Eskus, Dimum, Nove, Sexaginta Prista, Transmariska and Durostorum is a story of some of today's largest cities along the Danube River in Bulgaria from Vidin to Silistra.

    The start of "Gladiators on Wheels" - Stage 2 in the town of Svishtov will be from the Nove Camp, on July 9th. For the attractive dispatch of cyclists, renaissons will be catered for as Legionnaires from I Italian Legion - one of the three elite legions of Emperor Vespasian, who resided in Nove from the end of the 1st century, the press service of the Municipality of Svishtov announced.

   The Danube Ultra route was created in 2014 by 45-year-old entrepreneur Boris Begumov. In 2010, he is in an advanced stage of obesity, an active smoker and an alcohol-dependent businessman. The love of cycling, sports and a healthy lifestyle change it. It creates the bike route, which then overcomes twice in less than 48 hours.

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Belgrade - conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Danube Region

Sonya Machorska

   Two-day Conference on Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Danube Region: New Perspectives took place on 29 and 30 June in Belgrade, Serbia.

   Stretching through 14 countries from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, and home to over 115 million inhabitants of diverse cultures, traditions and ethnicities, the Danube region is bursting with tourism potential.

   In 2011 the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was launched in recognition of the need for the region to come together to overcome common challenges and meet its potential in several key areas, among them tourism.

   With the United Nations (UN) designating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this is a good time to take stock of where we now stand, to share experiences and ideas on how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a rapidly evolving tourism sector, and to agree on a joint set of priorities going forward.

   In this light, the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), will organize a Conference on “Sustainable tourism in the Danube Region: New perspectives”, gathering tourism policymakers and decision-makers as well as other public and private sector stakeholders from the Danube region and beyond.

   The Conference, taking place in the framework of International Danube Day, will look at how to create joint policies and strategies that can best lay the framework for sustainable tourism development, investment and promotion in the region. It will address key issues such as skills development, sustainability, transnational cooperation and innovation and aim to identify flagship projects for transnational cooperation in the Danube. 

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