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First Tourist Information Center was inaugurated in Chișinău

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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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UTA Gagauzia is becoming more and more attractive for tourists

Funded by the European Union of €6.5 million implemented by UNDP, the Program “Supporting Agriculture and Rural Development in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia District” (SARD) aims to enhance cooperation between central and local authorities as well as the one between regional Gagauzia and Taraclia district, for the social and economic development of the region and the Republic of Moldova as a whole. The SARD Program carries out activities to empower communities, rehabilitate social infrastructure, promote inter-community cooperation and implement the LEADER European Rural Development Initiative in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia.

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The first Gagauz tourist complex in Moldova was inaugurated on November 6 in the village of Congaz, Comrat district. In addition to the four traditional peasant houses with clay walls and reed roofs, the “Gagauz Sofrasi” ethno-touristic complex now has a museum, a cellar, a restaurant with a national-style terrace, a mini-hotel, and a festivities hall.

“Tourism is a niche with great potential but not yet explored in our region. With the help of the European Union, we have succeeded not only in creating a perfect resting place for local and foreign tourists but also an unforgettable tourist attraction for Gagauzia. Visitors can get to know the traditions and history of the country, enjoy traditional Gagauz dishes and the best wines in the area and even participate in gourmet workshops,” says the owner of the complex, Ana Statova.

For the development and promotion of this complex, the owner benefited from counseling and an 18,500 EUR grant from the European Union through the SARD program implemented by UNDP.

The resting park set up on the river Cahul was also inaugurated, which was rehabilitated for a length of 3 km with the assistance of the European Union and the contribution of local and regional public authorities within the SARD program. Over many years, the river crossing the city was a threat to the inhabitants. It hasn’t been cleaned for years and became misty, so after some more heavy rain, the river swelled and flooded all the nearby households. Vulcanesti Mayor Victor Petrioglo said that due to the floods, the local budget lost more than 2 million lei annually, or about 15% of the local budget.

The total cost of the Cahul River Cleaning and Park Planning was €126,942, of which €70,000 was provided by the European Union, and the difference was covered by the regional and community budget.

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

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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

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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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