Development of the tourism business on both banks of the Nistru river through the establishment of sustainable cross-river partnerships

Sector: Social

Implemented by: National Association of Inbound Tourism ANTRIM (right bank), in partnership with ARDT (left bank)

Budget: 44,286 EUR

Duration: June 2016 – October 2017

Short description: Direct-members of both associations, travel agencies, wineries, providers of services or products (women artisans, rural residents, owners of rural guesthouses, handicraft centres, etc.) from both banks. Indirect beneficiaries: visitors, tourists, tour guides, translators, others.

Beneficiaries: Direct – 23 participants at study tours, including 13 women and 40 participants at focus groups and 20 women. Indirect beneficiaries – more than 64 SMEs, including 32 from the left bank. 

Results: The platform has improved the confidence among tourist service providers from both banks of the Nistru river through direct interaction and exchange of experience, along with capacity building activities and study visits. The continuity of this platform is ensured by new touristic products, that include sites from both banks and an Information Centre opened in Chisinau, which will promote joint touristic offers.

  • 32 representatives of travel agencies (65% women) have attended two study visits organized on both banks in order to assess 32 new touristic sites;
  • Organized capacity building and networking events for 44 professionals from both banks (19 men, 25 women), as well as participated at the Global Conference of Wine and Tourism in Georgia. The events had a direct impact on the industry providing the possibility to improve knowledge and establish new business contacts;
  • An info-tour was organized to familiarize the mass media.