Sunday, 27 April 2014

Community-based tourism development is receiving an increased amount of attention from government and non-governmental organizations, especially those that have long been involved in community and economic development in Armenia. Different types of tourism development (cultural, eco, adventure, leisure, sport, etc.) initiatives may bring great economic and social benefits to the many communities throughout Armenia. With its partner organizations, Homeland Development Initiative Foundation (HDIF) seeks to draw these perspectives together and increase community involvement in tourism to meet various local and national objectives. The involvement of local people in tourism can promote several important goals: empowerment of local people, improved resource conservation, diversification tourism product,  faster economic growth in the regions, and improved welfare and equity. Community based tourism can also build local capacity and stimulate economic development in rural areas while simultaneously enhancing the tourism product of each region individually. This is expected to increase the number of visitors and consequently positively affect the economy of the entire region. The project will be implemented in three regions of Armenia: Gegharkunik, Lori, and Vayots Dzor.


Main Goal: 

Develop community based tourism in three regions of Armenia.

Objective 1: Identify the existing touristic capacity of the selected regions and build an improvement plan for tourism enhancement.

Objective 2: Develop local small businesses to market touristic products and provide quality services to visitors.

Objective 3: Invest in financial sustainability of local small businesses through non-interest loans accompanied with business grants.

Objective 4: Enhance the digital platform for tourism product on-line marketing.