Tourism Development Plan in Context of Pelješac Bridge Presented

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 24th of July, 2019, the DUNEA regional agency, in co-operation with the Institute for Tourism, presented a document titled the “Desirable Tourism Development Plan for the Pelješac Peninsula in the contect of the Construction of Pelješac Bridge” in Ston, which is the result of the successful implementation of the COASTING project, which deals with the establishment of integral coastal zone management for sustainable tourism.

As highlighted in the presentation, this document represents the first step in looking at the immediate and indirect effects of the Pelješac Bridge construction on the existing/desired tourist product of the peninsula, but also on the challenges that the authorities in all units of local self-government should respond to in a timely manner.

Representatives of regional and local authorities, civil society associations and businessmen from the Pelješac area, who participated in the workshops organised by the DUNEA regional agency back in April and May in Pelješac, provided a better insight into the role of tourism and its significance for the Pelješac peninsula, the challenges of tourism development, and aspects of the future development of the peninsula, as well as the results of the joint work have now become part of the same plan.

It was also said that the construction of Pelješac Bridge is not only a capital project in the development of the county traffic’s infrastructure, but also a project that will significantly affect the quality of life of the local community, mainly due to diverting traffic flows and increasing the traffic burden on one part of the Pelješac peninsula, in order to examine the influence of the construction of Pelješac Bridge on the predominant model of tourism development. It is, in turn, to do with the various economic, environmental and/or social impacts that bridge construction can cause, as the document emphasised.

Representatives of the Ston, Janjina, Trpanj and Orebić Municipalities, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, the Institute for Physical Planning of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Areas of Nature of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the local action group FLAG “South Adriatic “, Orebić’s municipal development agencies, the local action group LAG 5 and other interested stakeholders were also present at the document’s presentation.

Along with the DUNEA regional agency, the partners of the project are the Lazio Region (Italy), the Regional Council of Gozo (Malta), the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), the AMP Metropolis (France), the Epirus Region (Greece), the Saranda Municipality (Albania) and the Sicilian Region (Italy).

The project, worth around 1 million euros was contracted under the Interreg Mediterranean program with an 85 percent co-financing rate and the DUNEA regional agency’s budget of 89,490 euros.

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