Integrated Rural Tourism Development Project Announced the Launch of the “Bridge” Network

May 30, 2017

Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Armenia, opening the event

Today, the “Integrated Rural Tourism Development” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, announced the official launch of the “Bridge” Network.

Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Armenia, Mekhak Apresyan, First Deputy Chairperson of the State Tourism Committee, Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, welcomed the guests with opening remarks. Vahagn Petrosyan, representative of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, read the message of First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan. The event was also attended by tour operators, representatives of Armenian Government, agencies and international organizations involved in the tourism development.

“Bridge” is a network of private companies in the tourism industry that enables the participants to facilitate open dialogue and discuss priorities and approaches to rural tourism development, exchange their viewpoints and experience, and come up with recommendations in relation to new rural tour products to be created.

“Bridge” is a voluntary network formed under the umbrella of տհե “Integrated Rural Tourism Development” project, which supports about 60 rural communities in Armenia by creating alternative sources of income for the locals through tourism development.

“UNDP attaches importance to the partnership with the private sector and, particularly, to the role of tour operators in the development of rural tourism. Establishment of the “Bridge” network was one of the first decisions of the project. We believe that with joint efforts we can create competitive rural tour products, which the tour operators can sell and the rural residents – get additional income,” said Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Armenia.

“Armenia has a rich historical and cultural heritage and we should be able to develop and present this heritage to tourists from different countries of the world. We need to think together how to make these values more interesting and attractive as well as involve the rural residents in the development of tourism. We are closely cooperating with the UNDP and with all the structures involved in the tourism development process, and are confident that our cooperation will lead to good results,” said Mekhak Apresyan, First Deputy Chairperson of the State Tourism Committee, Ministry of Economic Development and Investments.

“We will support to mitigate the obstacles for the implementation of the project in rural areas, to mobilize and involve the community resources for the rural tourism development,” noted Vahagn Petrosyan, representative of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development.

During the event the project activities and progress made were discussed. Representatives of international organizations presented their projects on tourism development in Armenia, as well as partnership possibilities were explored.

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