On December 22, 2022, the first meeting of FORUM ĆIRO was held in Ravno, with the purpose to present the previous activities of the executive body of the forum and make an agreement for the next activities, based on the document “Management Plan for the ĆIRO cycling route”.
The management plan established the Ćiro forum, which has the role of an informal assembly and is made up of representatives of the key actors of the region that gravitates towards the Ćiro route: municipalities, tourist boards and organizations, the private sector, cycling clubs, development agencies, and an executive body made up of representatives of REDAH, the Association Herzegovina Bike from Mostar, Ravno municipality, Vučji zub association from Trebinje and tourist organization of the City of Trebinje.
The executive body has the task of carrying out the activities and tasks defined by the Forum.
In addition to actors from the region, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the USAID TURIZAM project who supported the proposed activities and announced their support, mainly in promotion and marketing.
At the meeting, a report was presented, i.e. a proposal for the forum made in the previous period by the representatives of the Herzegovina Bike Mostar association and the Vučji Zub cycling club from Trebinje, after visiting the route and recording the situation. This report contains an overview of the necessary maintenance and rehabilitation of parts of the route, repairs and replacement of signaling and other works on the ĆIRO route. These route rehabilitation activities will be carried out by the local self-government units on their respective territories by the spring of next year.
The proposal also contains a plan for the expenditure of funds to cover the costs of promotional and marketing activities, the organization of cycling events and other promotional events, which will be provided by local self-government units, based on the previously signed cooperation agreement, which defines support for the implementation of activities in accordance with the Management Plan and operational plan.
This agreement was signed by the City of Mostar, the City of Trebinje, the City of Stolac, the Municipality of Neum, the Municipality of Ravno and the Municipality of Bileća. The goal of this Agreement is to improve the coordination of development tourism activities in the Herzegovina region and to strengthen the quality and offer of the Ćiro cycling route, with the aim of attracting new tourists, supporting local entrepreneurship, increasing domestic and foreign investment, increasing employment, and improving the quality of life of residents in the rural areas of the Agreement’s signatories. .
All proposals were adopted by the forum, and an activity plan for 2023 was drawn up.