Via Dinarica supports development of rural tourism in Bosnia and HerzegovinaJun 15, 2017
Via Dinarica project organized two training sessions for strengthening the capacities of rural households who offering bed-and-breakfast services and for those with the potential to be developed as rural tourism facilities, located along the Green Trail- the lower belt of the Dinaric Alps and encompasses the forest area of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)- of “Via Dinarica” rails. Opportunities for development of cyclotourism, a niche market steadily growing across Europe were presented at the training as well.
The training sessions in Šipovo and Sarajevo gathered 30 participants from Bosanska Krupa, Bosanski Petrovac, Drvar, Gradiška, Ilijaš, Jablanica, Rogatica, Sokolac, Srebrenica, Šipovo and Vareš. The trainer was Mr. Nedo Pinezić, president of the Family Accommodation and Tourism Community at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The majority of participants are grantees of the Via Dinarica project who were selected under the Public Call for Improvement of Tourist Accommodation Infrastructure, and offers services along White and Green Trails of Via Dinarica in BiH.
“The purpose of the training is to introduce participants to the basics of family tourism and management, through promoting the importance of life-long learning to secure the sustainability of private tourist accommodation facilities. The training was also an opportunity where the participants meet one another, exchange experiences and establish cooperation,“ said Božena Kaltak, Via Dinarica Project Manager.
“Via Dinarica: a Platform for Sustainable Tourism Development and Local Economic Growth” project aims the development of potentials of the Dinaric Alps corridor and its promotion. It has been designed to reduce economic, social, and regional disparities in BiH through the promotion of the Via Dinarica as a regional tourism attraction and to increase BiH’s standing in the competitive nature-based tourism sphere.
Via Dinarica is an initiative of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme Country Office Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH), and is implemented with the support of Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska.