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Moldova’s new tourism promotion video: “Be our guest!”

A new tourism promotion video was recently published by the Moldovan Tourism Agency.

The 2 minutes and 40 seconds video features a foreigner who gets lost while taking a simple walk in Moldova’s countryside. The bored foreigner finds mild hills, bending rivers, shepherds with their herds of sheep and the villagers working on their autumn duties. As expected, in the end, he finds Moldovan homemade wine, traditional cuisine, and warm people.

Moldova’s slogan in tourism promotion is: “Discover the routes of life”.

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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

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“Orheiul Vechi” becomes more touristically attractive: 3 rural hostels were inaugurated after the renovation// GALLERY

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Moldova, “Orheiul Vechi”, becomes more attractive and accessible thanks to the other three guest houses that were inaugurated after major renovations: “The house from the meadow”, “The house under the cliff” and “The green house”.

The rural guesthouses have improved their accommodation, renewed and decorated guest rooms to meet the standards of foreign tourists, expanding the ability to accommodate guests and diversify their services.

The reconstruction works lasted over 16 months, worth over $120,000, of which the USAID-financed Swedish Project of Competitiveness, and the Government of Sweden, allocated about $60,000, and the own contributions of the pensions amounted to $60,000.

  • “The house from the meadow” now has a heating system and a new glazed terrace, where meetings, conferences and various events can be organized. Bicycles and boat rides are available to guests on the River Raut, and there are hammocks in the garden.

Ala Benzin, manager of the rural pension “The house from the meadow”:

“The house from the meadow” is the first rural pension in Moldova and is open to tourists for 15 years. During this time we had many tourists from the very first day after opening, from different corners of the world. For each group of tourists I prepare traditional dishes according to traditional recipes, as they prepare in the village of Trebujeni.”

  • “The house under the cliff” comes with a new interior where tourists would gather in front of the fireplace. The bedrooms of the accommodation unit got renovated, which now have modern toilets both indoors and outdoors. The tourists’ service has doubled thanks to the new terrace, adapted for traditional meals and MICE events (meetings, incentives, conferences and events)

Galina Buzilă, manager of the guest house “The house under the cliff”:

“We opened the pension in 2006, and since then we are going towards rural tourism, a very interesting field. After serving our traditional dishes, we have some sort of soul satisfaction, and the tourists are satisfied. Although we don’t understand the language they speak, their emotions speak everything. This year we managed to renovate the guesthouse and bring it to the standards demanded by foreign and local tourists. We have a 45-seat terrace and a smaller one for 15 people and 13 accommodations and we have a beautiful home that I’ve built with my family when I was younger.”

  • “The green house” has benefited from the full renovation of the interior and the changing of the house’s windows. The modernization process was the terrace, but also the toilets inside and outside, and the pension has a new heating system.

Ludmila Buzila, owner of “The green house” pension:

“Since the opening of the guesthouse we had guests from all over the world, even from the farthest corners, and our guests leave their recommendations in the Suggestion Book. The tourists coming here come back every time because they say they find authentic, spiritual things here. In the hostel, we have nine accommodation places, two terraces: one summer and one winter table and a traditional dishes menu.”

Currently, only about 10 out of 26 rural hostels registered in the Republic of Moldova offer tourists accommodation in accordance with Western standards.

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New Chișinău-Dubai flight with Air Moldova from 23 November 2017

The national airlines of Moldova, Air Moldova, announced about launching a new flight from Chișinău starting from 23 November 2017- Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The flight will be operated with an Airbus A319 two times a week on Monday and Thursday: 1.Taking off from Chișinău- 21.50, Landing in Dubai- 04.50; 2. Taking off from Dubai- 06.50, Landing in Chișinău- 10.10.

Ticket prices for Dubai start from 159 euros, all taxes included.

Air Moldova operates flights to 28 destinations: Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Dublin, Florence, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Krasnodar, Larnaca, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milano, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Sankt-Petersburg and Torino, plus the 5 season flights – Antalya, Heraklion, Tivat, Corfu şi Zakynthos.

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