On November 27th the final conference meeting of CerTour Project - Quality Certification System in Agrotourism - took place.
The aim of the joint action for the cross border partners’ organisations from Greece, Bulgaria, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine is to improve the services provided in the agrotourism sector. Their knowledge and expertise is now being mobilised for the benefit for rural development and the tourism of the research area by CerTour.
According to the project, partner organisations designed and developed a common standard-framework and adapted it to the local specific conditions. The framework is aimed to combine primary elements and characteristics of agriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economic activity and impacts both farm and community income.
All project partners actively participated in the meeting – “Ecotourism Association” NGO (Armenia), Municipality of Xanthi (Greece), Black Sea Economic Centre (Bulgaria), International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis (Georgia), Suruceni Town Administration (Republic of Moldova) and Regional Fund for the Support of the Entrepreneurship of Zaporоzhye region (Ukraine).
Tour agencies, guides, guesthouse owners and many other stakeholders took their part in the meeting.
Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds performed during the meeting as well. Our organization presented its vision and activities implemented in the sphere of agrotourism, particularly regarding the animal- and birdwatching, hiking, development of B&B network in Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), as well as we elucidated the attendants with the opening of Nature Visitor Center in Dsegh Village, which was created and launched specifically to develop and promote eco- and agrotourism within the rural community.
Just to remind, Quality Certification System in Agrotourism project is financed from European Union Funds, within the framework of Joint Operational Programme „Black Sea Basin 2007-2013”.