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N°93 | Water Tourism in Schiedam


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Lead Partner Municipality of Schiedam
Region:
Contact Person Mr. H. Exmann
Position within organisation: Housing, Spatial Planning and environment
Telephone number : 00 31 10 2465441
Fax number : 00 31 10 2465351
Email address : Exmann@vrom.schiedam.nl
Website : www.schiedam.nl
Project type : Implementation
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 1
Total eligible cost (€) 2,985,874
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The rivers Schie and Nieuwe Maas and the docks in the town centre have played an important role in the social and economic history of Schiedam. The internationally famous jenever industry imported large amounts of raw materials through the port. Schiedam was prosperous for many centuries because of the jenever trade. In 1875, the agricultural crisis in Europe led to great poverty in Schiedam because the jenever industry was not able to change over in time to production based on raw materials from the ‘New World’. Slowly, the water-based activities declined. Schiedam’s fortunes revived again later when it became an important centre for shipbuilding. Its location on the river the Nieuwe Maas made a new period of growth possible. The depression in the shipbuilding industry in the 1970s, however, was a second blow to the social and economic development of the town. Due to these long term developments, Schiedam still suffers from a lagging economic growth. Schiedam’s ambition is to restore and expand the function of the water as a driver for urban development. Schiedam is a member of the ‘Westhoek van Zuid-Holland’ partnership of municipalities and other organizations with the aim of developing the tourism potential in the area along the Nieuwe Maas. This includes the Waternet floating information centres and additional plans, e.g. for improving the links between the Nieuwe Waterweg and the towns inland. Schiedam also cooperates with five other old towns in Holland under the name ‘Secret of Holland’. By taking part in this partnership, Schiedam, together with Haarlem, Dordrecht, Gouda, Delft and Leiden gains experience with possibilities for developing historic town centres (e.g. canals and inner city harbours) and joint promotion. The ‘Water-based tourism in Schiedam’ policy document will soon be adopted by the municipal council. This gives an important lead in the further extension of tourist and recreational use of the water, including environmentally-friendly boat tours with silent electric motors. The development of the tourist product in the Rotterdam region has for a long time faced considerable marketing difficulties because of the poor environmental quality. In recent years, though, this has improved considerably, opening up the opportunity of developing tourism in this region. Potentially, Schiedam has much to offer tourists, with its old Dutch town centre, providing a historic and vibrant decor for boats passing through or mooring. Given this background, initiatives and ideas for water tourism have rapidly risen in number and quality in recent years, and support for water-related development has grown. The municipal executive and private developers want to do more than just invest in the existing poor socio-economic situation; they want to make the most of the opportunities. Private developers will expect to make a profit (in time). This does not take away from the fact that the municipal council has its own responsibilities regarding initial costs and investment in the general tourist infrastructure, and can make good use of private initiatives as a catalyst for their own efforts to provide basic-water-related tourist infrastructure. A subsidy under Interreg IIIb is requested to make good the result of years of neglect (of both the ‘hard’ infrastructure and the ‘soft’ infrastructure the promotion) and at the same time take advantage of the opportunities in the tourism and recreation market. Schiedam can exchange expertise and experiences with foreign partners relevant to this project and share the expertise gained in the partnerships it already belongs to. The submitted project, therefore, can give the regional developments currently underway a significant boost through the investments made in Schiedam.
 
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Reclaiming and expanding the function of the water as basis for urban and regional development, as well as opening up Schiedam’s historic town centre to the many people who do not yet know it.
 
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1. Development of existing marinas and harbour facilities at Doeleplein: NLG 1.2 million. 2. Establish sailing trips on historic ships lasting for several days. 3. Development of boat tours with silent motors, with moorings for short stops. 4. An extra wing to the floating information centre (Waternet ) to link it with the city centre. 5. Restoration of the quay walls of the Noordvestgracht and Buitenhaven: NLG 930,000. 6. Clean the undersides of four bridges: NLG 124,0007. Either raise the Kethel bridge or convert it into a moveable bridge: NLG 1.2 million. 8. Ooievaarssteeg drawbridge: NLG 479,0009. Illumination of three historic bridges: NLG 89,00010. Illumination of large historic monuments: NLG 183,00011. General communication and promotion of Schiedam in a regional context to tourists: NLG 75,00012. Heul Nieuwe HavenVellevest: NLG 2.3 million.
 
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