TIDE or Atlantic Network for Developing Historical Maritime Tourism is a project led by ERNACT, a cross-border partnership set up and managed by Donegal Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council. Its overall objective is to develop new types of historical maritime tourist packages and cultural attractions for the Atlantic by sharing cultural assets across regions, supported by new technologies and transnational collaboration tools. The cultural assets could be in museums, shipwreck sites, or archives related to battles or migrating passengers and their stories, etc.

The main features of the new attractions are: They present cultural content from other regions, as well as their own; Connect visitor centres to real underwater sites that contain shipwrecks or submarines; Create a richer visitor experience by introducing new technologies such as Virtual Reality; Focus on historical niches that have left a cultural footprint across Atlantic regions, e.g., Napoleonic; Are based in existing cultural attraction building.

The expected impact is to increase the number of visits to supported cultural sites by 500 per annum and result in 30% of Atlantic regions using the project’s outputs to improve their policies for exploiting cultural assets for economic development; It will facilitate local communities cooperate to develop new niche tourism services, create new local jobs, fix and attract people, create synergies between existing tourism providers and improve the economic and social wellbeing of the project regions. The project tools and pilots developed will be used by other groups of Atlantic regions to amplify and multiply the above impact across the Atlantic Area.

TIDE is part of Atlantic Area Programme 2014 – 2020 and has a budget of 2,462,267.524 euros.

Field of action: Tourism

Geographical coverage: Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal

Link to the web page: http://www.tide-atlantic.eu/

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