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First Tourist Information Center was inaugurated in Chișinău

Located on the ground floor of the City Hall, the first Tourist Information Center was opened on November 9th, in Chișinău. The center provides visitors with information about events, accommodation facilities, itineraries, and tours, including wineries. Moreover, through Virtual Reality technology, visitors will be able to “walk” through some locations before purchasing travel services.

The Tourist Information Center was created with the financial support of the European Union under the “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Program, implemented by UNDP, as well as by USAID and the Government of Sweden through the Competitiveness Project of Moldova.

The implementation of the project cost about 1.5 million lei, out of which 235 thousand lei were offered by the European Union and 1.3 million lei by the USAID and the Government of Sweden. The Chișinău City Hall offers the space of 100 m2 and will support the space maintenance expenses for a 5 year period.

James D. Pettit, US Ambassador to Moldova, attended the event as well:

“The US Government has been supporting Moldova’s tourism sector for more than five years and the launch of the Tourist Information Center in Chisinau comes to complete the tourist ecosystem and cover the greatest necessity of tourists – access to information. According to surveys, 71% of the interviewed tourists at the exit from the country noticed the lack of information as the biggest challenge during their trip to the Republic of Moldova.”

The tourism sector has a big potential for development and is a key factor for socio-economic progress, contributing to the reduction of poverty and migration.

Currently, the tourism sector contributes 2% -3.5% to GDP, along with related industries. Last year, 3.2 million foreign visitors visited our country, 19% more than last year. In 2014, the country’s tourism brand “The Tree of Life: Discover the ways of life” was launched, through which foreign tourists are invited to “discover the unknown.”

READ MORE ABOUT MOLDOVAN TOURISM IN AN INTERVIEW WITH MARC PILKINGTON, FOUNDER OF MOLDOVA TOURS 2.0

Currently studying Interactive/Media/Design at the Royal Academy of Art. Based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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National Wine Day will take place outside of Moldova for the first time

More than 60 local wine producers from Protected Geographical Indication regions will participate in the 17th edition of the National Wine Day. The event will be held under the generic “Wine from the soul of Moldova”, on 6-7 October this year.

For the first time, the holiday will expand its geographical area, taking place in Snagov, Romania, where 20 wine-makers from the Republic of Moldova will gather together under a country brand.

For two days, people of Chisinau will enjoy wine producers’ exhibitions, the wine school, a painting area, an area devoted to public catering, wine tours, and improvised peasant courts.

The prime minister Pavel Filip accentuated that this holiday is a good opportunity to promote our country as a wine tourism destination.

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The International Opera and Ballet Festival “Maria Biesu” 26th edition, was inaugurated

On Friday evening, in Chisinau, the opening of the International Festival of Opera and Ballet “Maria Biesu” reached its 26th edition. This year, the festival started with the famous opera in four acts “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi, and the masterpiece of the world lyric, directed by Andreea Battistini (Italy), lead by conductor Nicolae Dohotaru.

Traditionally, the event brings to the stage of the National Opera and Ballet Theater some of the world’s most valuable artists, but also the most notable artistic forces in the country.

The 20th edition of the International Opera and Ballet Festival “Maria Biesu” takes place between September 7-16 and will end with a grand gala concert with the famous names in the international lyrical world: the legendary Tenor Peruvian – Juan Diego Florez; our great soprano – Valentina Naforniţă; Andrei Jilihovschi; Mihail Dogotaru; Igor Turcanu, etc., who will turn an ordinary Sunday evening into a memorable one.

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DoReDos got Moldova the 10th place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Source: eurovision.tv

12 May 2018- The Moldovan band DoReDos got on the 10th place in the Eurovision Song Contest, held in 2018 in Lisbon. The song ‘My Lucky Day’ got 209 points in the voting session.

DoReDoS is a Moldovan folk-pop trio formed in 2011, they got their name from the first two notes of the musical scale. The trio is made up of Marina Djundiet, Eugeniu Andrianov, and Sergiu Mîța. They met in their hometown and decided to form a band together.

In 2017, DoReDoS won the contest New Wave in Sochi, Russia and there they caught the attention of Russian singer, songwriter, and 1995 Russian participant Philipp Kirkorov, who composed the song My Lucky Day for DoReDoS’ entry for the Moldovan national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, O melodie pentru Europa 2018. The band is controversially viewed in Moldova because of its origin in the separatist Transnistrian region. In several instances, the three singers were seen waving the separatist flag of the “Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic”.

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