Coastline of Latvia and Estonia forms a joint sea basin and jointly it forms on of the four main destinations in the Baltic sea for sailors – East Baltic. Together we have excellent preconditions for benefitting from maritime travel and developing tourism since the coastline and islands carry unique cultural and natural heritage, clean nature and safe conditions in destination.
Project objective is to improve sailing infrastructure and build network of harbours in Estonia and Latvia to promote East Baltic as sailing destination:
- Improved services of harbours in Estonia and Latvia are aimed to create standardized and harmonized service levels in harbours along coastline of Latvia and Estonia (altogether 21 small harbours), which includes safe navigation conditions into harbours, secure environment and good quality level services in the harbor, easy to access and understand information – while planning the trip, as well during the sailing holiday.
- Network of harbours in Estonia and Latvia is the precondition to connect Latvia and Estonia to international maritime routes. Network building is done by adding density and fulfilling the gaps with the harbours, so the network becomes functional and can provide harbours within one day sailing. Network building does not limits only with the harbors in Latvia and in Estonia, it should also provide the pre-defined and easy to access routes to/from main target markets (Rostock – Tallinn; St.Peterburg - Helsinki - Klaipeda and give way-points to reach our regions in a safe, well-marked and correctly described way on sea map.
- Promotion and marketing of Latvia and Estonia as sailing destination. Latvia and Estonia covers East Baltic coast and is joint destination for sailors and marketing activities will focus in creating trust and raising awareness and explaining that it is safe and entertaining region to visit.
The project contributes to the implementation of the EUSBSR policy area "Tourism - Reinforcing cohesiveness of the macro-region through tourism" and the achievement of the EUSBSR objective "Connect the region"
Author of the photo: Raimonds Rāts