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TIDE partners have initiated discussions to use digital technologies to network historical maritime tourism attractions in the Atlantic Area.
01 November 2019 - TIDE  project
Funded by Atlantic Area programme, TIDE project partnership has met in Donegal (Ireland), on the 29th and 30th October, for the second Steering Committee Meeting, launch conference and some study visits.

TIDE, or Atlantic Network for Developing Historical Maritime Tourism project, aims to develop new types of (multi-regional) historical maritime niche tourist packages and visitor attractions for the Atlantic by sharing cultural assets across regions, supported by new technologies and transnational collaboration tools.

The project focuses on historical niches that have left a cultural footprint across Atlantic regions, e.g., the Napoleonic era. "TIDE will connect visitor centres to real underwater sites that contain shipwrecks or submarines. In that way, the project will create a richer visitor experience by introducing new technologies such as virtual reality", explains Colm Mc Colgan, ERNACT General Manager and TIDE lead partner. 

To achieve this objective, the seven European regions collaborating in TIDE have started discussions to develop tools that will use virtual reality and other digital technology solutions to transform the tourism sector in the Atlantic Area. "TIDE will also facilitate the collaboration with other Atlantic regions to access new historical material and attractions that complements your own region’s”, states ERNACT General Manager. 

Launch conference
Organised by Donegal County Council, on the one hand, Ronan Mc Connell, TIDE project officer at Derry City & Strabane District Council (Northern Ireland) and responsible for Museum and Heritage Services, shared the story of the SS Laurentic, which sank in Lough Swilly with a huge loss of life while carrying 43 tonnes of gold in 1917.

On the other hand, 
Dr. Fabio Sacchetti from the Marine Institute - Foras na Mara (INFOMAR program, Ireland) spoke about shipwrecks around the Irish coast and the technology they use to find them. The programme maps the physical, chemical and biological features of Ireland's seabed.

Study visits
During the second day, partners got the opportunity to visit some touristic attractions in the Inishowen Peninsula, Donegal. First of all, they visited Fort Dunree Military Museum, which shows the vital role that the fort has had in coastal defence. Afterwards, they walked to the Laurentic memorial monument to learn more about the story heard the previous day during the launch conference. Back to the bus, they traveled to Greencastle to discover Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium and all the history treasures that it keeps. Among them, partners heard about the Spanish Armada, one of the main historical topics that will be highlighted in TIDE. Finally, they arrived to Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point, to admire what the Irish coast has to offer and the secrets that the sea hides underwater.

TIDE partners at the Laurentic memorial monument at Fort Dunree (Donegal).

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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