Interreg South Baltic project “Baltic Pass” with experts from four nations in Rostock

Experts of the EU project “Baltic Pass” from Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Hamburg and Rostock met for some first conversation in Hanse Sail office. (photo: Gesine Schuer)

Partners of the Baltic project “Baltic Pass” from Gdansk (Poland), Simrishamn (Sweden), Roskilde (Denmark), Hamburg and Rostock met at Hanse Sail office to discuss the development of new tourist products in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. “Baltic Maritime Heritage Tours” will develop multi-day trips with traditional ships, which connect coastal cities on historical trade routes. Tall ships will mainly visit some smaller ports that are not into cruiseliner business too much, but have a high tourist value instead. Quite a number of port towns and coastal regions of the “Mare Balticum” are attributed to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. First step for all project partners will be the definition and description of ships, routes and destinations.

For this purpose some new Internet content needs to be created. From the very beginning, owners of traditional ships will be very much involved: e.g. the German sailing school association (GSTU) (an association of owners of sail training ships under German flag, based in Rostock) as well as the Hanse Sail Verein that might work as a central booking office for Baltic Pass trips.