The money will also support the cultural and leisure sector in Assen, that has been hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak
Translated by Thomas Ansell
A concrete plan has been concocted for the around 100,000 euros made available by the Gemeente Assen in June to promote the culture and leisure sector in the Provincial capital. The money will be used to organise a programme of events across the rest of the summer months, and September and October.
Half of the budget is intended for ‘summer activities’, for families and kids that are on holiday in Drenthe. There will be special workshops and games organised, as well as street theatre and outdoor dance performances put on at the Koopmansplein. As reported by RTV Drenthe.
The plans have been made by the Gemeente Assen and the organisation Vaart in Assen, as well as a number of tourism organisations and the Assen entrepreneurs club. The organisations have also clubbed together to provide another 35,000 euros to help put their plans into action.
In order to help bring more tourists in Drenthe towards Assen, an outdoor advertising campaign will be launched along the various roadways in the Province. Since last Wednesday a free bus service has been laid on between the various holiday parks in the Province and the city of Assen itself. Jan Gerbrand Krol, from Vaart in Assen says that the bus service was a success: “the busses weren’t completely full, but we were certainly satisfied.”
The other half of the 100,000 euros will be put into a ‘post-summer’ programme. Krol says that the activities organised in this programme will be a little different, and trying to attract other sorts of tourist. “In the summer you see a number of families with children visiting Drenthe, but in the autumn you get more couples. We are currently finishing off the programme itself, which will be revealed soon”.
The Gemeente council made the 100,000 euros available in June in order to help the culture and leisure sector through the Coronavirus outbreak. Assen now hopes to benefit from more people staying within the Netherlands for their holidays, and hopes that tourists can help give the city an economic boost. More information is available via assengeeftruimte.nl
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