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EU-supported Khulo LAG launches a new project to retrain guesthouse operators

EU-supported Khulo LAG launches a new project to retrain guesthouse operators

15 October 2019, Khulo – The EU-supported Khulo Local Action Group (LAG) has launched a new project “Promotion of service quality development in the guest houses in Khulo Municipality”. The four months project aims to improve the quality of knowledge in the field of guesthouse management, service and marketing through retraining the guesthouse operators from Khulo municipality. Overall, 13 guesthouse operators have been selected to participate in the trainings. The project is financed jointly by American embassy small grant program and Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia. 
“This type of project is a very good chance for EU supported Khulo LAG to become a real community organization and continue active working after the end of ENPARD Khulo project. This grant is a very big motivation for us, and we continue actively working for organization development,’’ – noted Charmian of the Khulo LAG and project coordinator, Rodam Shavadze.
In the framework of the project, training course on the main aspects of guest house management, service and marketing will be organized. Also, a guidebook “How to arrange and develop guesthouse business” and Georgian-English phrasebook will be prepared. The project team will prepare a short video to share best practice of the guesthouse businesses. At the end of the project, a study tour to Kazbegi and Mestia municipalities will be organized for the participant guesthouse operators to share the best practice to guesthouse management. All training materials will be available online at Khulo LAG website www.khulolag.ge  
“In the scope of the project I can develop guesthouse management skills and will learn different success stories practically about guesthouses. This knowledge will give me an opportunity to develop my own hospitality business, to receive more guest properly and raise my revenues,” – said Rima Bolkvadze, project participant.  
Khulo LAG was created with EU-supported ENPARD project, implemented by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG) in partnership PMC RC and Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR). 
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.