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Developing tourism through new technologies

15 May 2013

The “Black Sea Silk Road Corridor” (BSSRC) project, funded by the EU Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation framework, and the USAID’s “Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness” project were announced on 2 April 2013.
The launch event, held in Armenia, was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, the US Ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern, Deputy Ministers from the Armenian Government, and others.
The project is a two-year initiative which will foster the development of tourism in 173 communities across four countries of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor: Armenia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey.
Hristea stated that cross-border cooperation is an integral part of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy, noting that the EU believed that closer regional ties would stimulate economic and social development in border areas: ‘The purpose of this project is to contribute to the stronger and sustainable economic, social development of the region of the Black Sea basin. It is a very innovative and has great potential to stimulate business’.

In Armenia the project is implemented by the Armenian Monuments Awareness Project. 43 Armenian cultural, historical and natural sites will be marked with directional signs, information panels, trail markers, and walking tour plaques, which will provide multilingual content about the sites. A web portal will also be created to offer virtual trails, along with five smart-phone applications with social media integration.

Garegin Melkonyan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy, said: ‘The project pays great importance to rural places, which is very important for the regional development of the country. From this perspective, the development of tourism is significant, as it comprises many different sections of local economies’.

The project is expected to alleviate rural isolation through the development of local communities, the enhancement of visitors’ experiences, and the protection of cultural monuments and biodiversity.

A number of events and training courses will be organised at the local level for Armenian tourism service providers on the effective use of online resources.

Hristea noted that he was personally very much looking forward to the results of the project, adding: ‘The EU is now considering the general financial framework for 2014-2020, of which the Black Sea cooperation will be a priority’.

More information on the project can be found at www.blackseasilkroad.com.

Developing tourism through new technologies

The “Black Sea Silk Road Corridor” (BSSRC) project, funded by the EU Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation framework, and the USAID's “Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness” project were announced on 2 April 2013. The launch event, held in Armenia, was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, the US Ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern, Deputy Ministers from the Armenian Government, and others. The project is a two-year initiative which will foster the development of tourism in 173 communities across four countries of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor: Armenia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey. Hristea stated that cross-border cooperation is an integral part of the European Union's Neighbourhood Policy, noting that the EU believed that closer regional ties would stimulate economic and social development in border areas: 'The purpose of this project is to contribute to the stronger and sustainable economic, social development of the region of the Black Sea basin. It is a very innovative and has great potential to stimulate business'. In Armenia the project is implemented by the Armenian Monuments Awareness Project. 43 Armenian cultural, historical and natural sites will be marked with directional signs, information panels, trail markers, and walking tour plaques, which will provide multilingual content about the sites. A web portal will also be created to offer virtual trails, along with five smart-phone applications with social media integration. Garegin Melkonyan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy, said: 'The project pays great importance to rural places, which is very important for the regional development of the country. From this perspective, the development of tourism is significant, as it comprises many different sections of local economies'. The project is expected to alleviate rural isolation through the development of local communities, the enhancement of visitors' experiences, and the protection of cultural monuments and biodiversity. A number of events and training courses will be organised at the local level for Armenian tourism service providers on the effective use of online resources. Hristea noted that he was personally very much looking forward to the results of the project, adding: 'The EU is now considering the general financial framework for 2014-2020, of which the Black Sea cooperation will be a priority'. More information on the project can be found at www.blackseasilkroad.com. [gallery link="file"]