As a first step in the implementation of the project on transfer and introduction of social innovation is to study in detail the good practices and know-how available to our international partner from Croatia - Udruga Puzzleli Association. Since 2005 The Association works for the benefit of people with disabilities and has successfully launched initiatives to develop new tourism products and activities specifically targeted at people with disabilities. In partnership with local tourist centers, the association trains and prepares volunteers to accompany tourists with limited mobility as their personal assistants and local guides. Due to the special conditions created for the disabled and the elderly, the number of visits to recreation and tourism in Zagreb has increased considerably in recent years, which in turn has led to the creation of new jobs and raising the living standard of the local population.
Given that Rila Municipality has favorable conditions for tourism development and tourism is a priority sector for the region, we believe that this successful practice of our partner can be used and adapted to the needs of Rila Municipality. The work on exploring good practice and adapting social innovation will go through the following stages: