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   IMG 1389   The Local TourismCouncil - Elena was established on April 26, 2003.According to the Current Legislation it was registered as a legal non-profit entity.It is the successor of the former Tourism Council, which was established in 1997 and was the 17th in Bulgaria. On September 27, 1999 It received the award for themost - Initiative Tourism Council, personally by the then Minister of Trade and Tourism Mr. Valentin Vasilev.IMG 1386
Today
the Local Tourism Council - Elena follows the steps for the development of tourism in the municipality of Elena in the following areas:
  1. Its goal is to coordinate the interests and activities and to activate the initiative of the authorities, organizations and companies related to the development of tourism in the municipality of Elena.
    2. Contribute to the development of tourism on local level and encourage private initiative in the formation and implementation of the tourist product.
   3. It supports the information services and participation of all available forums, fairs and meetings in order to advertise Elena region and to make it get a permanent place on the tourist map of Bulgaria.
SAM 2232  The main objective of the Local Tourism Council - Elena throughout the years has been to promote Elena Municipality as tourist destinatioand to show that Elena has to get place on the tourist map of Bulgaria. One is for sure that Elena Balkan has what to show and offer-fresh air, beautiful and in many ways untouched nature, rich cultural and historical heritage,the hospitality of the people living in the mountain and skilfulmasters oftraditionalBulgariancuisine.That is why in advertising and tourism fairs and exhibitions, the organization focuses on Elena region and on its charms, and not on private accommodation – hotels, guest houses, rooms for guests, chalets. The most important objective is is tourists to come to Elena.
   To achieve its objectives the organization uses as main means theparticipation in traditional tourist exhibitions, both in Bulgaria and abroad.The presentation of Elena Municipality is always attractive. Many openings of exhibitions start from the stand of Elena Municipality.Besides the traditional exhibitions in Varna and Sofia, Local Tourism Council - Elena promote the participation of almost all the other tourist fairs in the country - Veliko Tarnovo, Burgas, Ruse, Smolyan.Local Tourism Council Elena together with Elena Municipality participate in tourist fairs and exhibitions abroad, too.Directly in Bucharest, Thessaloniki, Skopje, Rome, Berlin, indirectly with materials on the stands of Bulgaria in Berlin, London and Moscow.
   The organization received a great recognition when the Local Tourism Council Kazanlak was established.Members of the Local Tourism Council – Elena were invited as lecturers in Kazanlak.In the event took part Mr. Yordan Yordanov, Mr. Ivan Truhchev and Mr. Kostadin Dimitrov. Managers ofprofessional organizations in the field of tourism and executives from the Ministry of Economy were presented.Later Local Tourism Council - Elena received a letter of gratitude from the ministry.
   The Local Tourism Council - Elena works actively as a partner of Elena Municipality when realizing project Leader.Two working groups were sent to Italy to share Italian experience. Unfortunately this program is not realized for reasons beyond the control of the organization. Local Tourism Council - Elena participated in the organized by the Ministry of Economy event - "Learning good practices for the development of rural and eco tourism in Belgium". The group consists of 6 people, two ministers, two representatives from Hisarya and two representatives from the town of Elena.The subject of the visitsarerural areasin Wallonia.This fact is also recognition for the activity of the Local Tourism Council - Elena.
Picture 431-2     By the initiative of the Local Tourism Council in cooperation with the municipality of Elena in 2006 was openeda Tourist information center, where every tourist can get familiar with the landmarks, the cultural - historical heritage of Elena Municipality and obtain information where to stay.
    
Undoubtedly, however, one of the most significant achievements is the implementation of one dream, not only of the local tourist society, but also of the entire citizenship – organizing Feast of Elena pork ham, a delicacy that is unique in its nature.The town of Elena does not remember so many people at one place, especially in2013. This is not just a holiday, it is also awareness of the traditions of our ancestors and their transfer to future generations.This is the restoration of the fair of the people from Elena on Dimitrov day.The Local Tourism Council believes that it will become a tradition.
IMG 9652 Members of the organization are seeking to attract more followers.They believe that a larger advertising compaign among the local population and convincing them that this is the way we should go to face the challenge of the rapid development of tourism in Bulgaria and continued imposition of Elena and Elena Balkan as attractive and preferred destination.
   Members of the organization are seeking to attract more followers.They believe that a larger advertising compaign among the local population and convincing them that this is the way we should go to face the challenge of the rapid development of tourism in Bulgaria and continued imposition of Elena and Elena Balkan as attractive and preferred destination.


  
Local Tourism Council - Elena believes that the right way which should be followed in coming years is:
   - Promotion of the activity of organization and attracting new members among the local population.
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Business activitiesofthe organization.
   - Collaboration with the institutions against the 'phenomenon' uncategorized hotels and houses.
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Development of common projects with Elena Municipality to apply for EU funding.
  
Two are the main ideas on which was focused the attention of its members - the implementation of which the Local Tourism Council has soughtover the years.One of them is already a fact - Holiday of Elena pork ham, which is organized annually and the other which we have to work on together with the municipality is to make a street of the crafts.
   Many more ideas can occur at any time in each of us.The appeal of the Local Tourism Council - Elena is to share, discuss them and those that are feasible to try to realize with common efforts.


                                       
STATUTE of LocalTourism Council - Elena