The HURO/1101/090/2.1.3, Creation of terms of religious tourism building for Romanian Orthodox Church in Békés and Arad county project is implemented under the Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 (www.huro-cbc.eu), and is part-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, Hungary and Romania.
Romanian Orthodox Bishopric of Hungary (lead partner), Romanian Orthodox Archbishopric of Arad and Foundation for the Development of Pusztaottlaka realized together this project.
The partners assessed the situation in the border region and have decided to jointly take up integrated development of religious tourism and to increase the competitiveness of the region. Purpose of partners is to create the conditions of religious tourism and pilgrimage tourism based on the Romanian Orthodox Church. The project between 01.04.2012 and 31.03.2014 contains infrastructural developments, common planned religious and cultural programmes and the elaboration of a pilgrimage between Gyula and Arad. Partners create with their activities a complex religious tourism supply, which is a serious economic potential for the target area. There is a strong demand for realization of the project on both sides of the border and it has serious support of society. The project serves interests of both countries and promotes the strengthening of cooperation.
Partners promote the project and the region with website, publications and leaflets.
By the cross-border cooperation the partners by building on the cultural heritage, rediscovering the existing values and new touristy products can form a unified touristic programme based on the Romanian Orthodox Church which will mean a serious economic potential for the target areas.