Biking and rural combined cross-border tourism, as innovative approach for promoting cross-border cooperation
NGOC is currently implementing a new project called “Biking and rural combined cross-border tourism as innovative approach for promoting cross-border cooperation” within Eastern Partnership Territorial Coopeartion Programme /EaPTC Armenia- Georgia/ funded by Europian Union.
The main goal of the project is to contribute to the development of biking and rural combined cross-border tourism between Armenia and Georgia.
Specific objectives are;
Support application of combined biking and rural tourism tour packages;
Strengthening of infrastructure necessary for the implementation of tour packages;
Enhancement of communication and partnership between major role-players in tourism development
Main Activities of the project;
Research on “Preferences and touristic behaviour trends of bicycle traveller in rural areas” and on “ Tourism Potential and Data Base creation for every village in cross border regions” through youth volunteers involvement; Website design based on research results; Development of 3 tour packages of combined biking and rural tourism, marketing of those; Establishing two camping bases, including infrastructures; Engagement of farmers in rural tourism; Training of service personnel for new tours;
A joint conference on «Perspectives of biking and rural cross-border tourism development»; Piloting of the new tours through two 4 day long tours; A joint online information and resource sharing platform; Signing of MOUs between the touristic agencies of Armenia and Georgia; Seminar on “Biking and Rural Tourism for International synergy relationship and enhancement of tourism potential of the cross border regions”; Creation of FBpage:“Armenia and Georgia for Biking and Rural Tourism Synthesis”.
Estimated results of the project are;
A profile for tourists using biking, rural tourism services formed; touristic behaviour, preferences identified, with new avenues for the development of this kind of tourism; 3 cross-border rural, biking tour packages are formed, piloted, marketed; 2 camping bases established in Armenia, Georgia providing services like bike repair, bike rent, etc.; Rural tourism activities offered by local farmers; The quality of services offered by touristic units engaged in the new tours is highly improved by local hosts and farmers; English, Russian Tourism short vocabularies are formed. A joint conference on “Perspectives of biking and rural cross-border tourism development” held; A booklet, guide and maps on cross-border BRT information published (overall 100 copies per country)and disseminated; A joint online information platform launched; MOUs between touristic agencies in both countries signed.
Within the project our partners are;
“Dilnet Service” Educational NGO, Dilijan, Armenia
“International Center for caucasus Tourism”, Tbilisi, Georgia
“The Union of Women’s and Children’s rights”, Borjomi, Georgia