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EU supported training on rural tourism was organized for grant applicants in Dedoplistkaro

EU supported training on rural tourism was organized for grant applicants in Dedoplistkaro

4-6 July 2018, Dedoplistskaro –EU supported training on “The Basics of Rural Tourism” was provided at Ilia’s University for grant applicants and other interested citizens working in the tourism sector in Dedoplistkaro municipality.
The three days training, which was attended by 15 participants, was conducted by the representative of the Biological Farming Association “ELKANA” and expert in tourism sector.
During the training, participants received the information on the specifications of rural tourism; possibilities of the service development; design and development of touristic offers; analysis of touristic market in the region and country at large; identification of demand and needs of clients; design diversified and various target groups oriented service packages; design and development of value added services to make the offers more competitive, interesting and customer oriented.
Great emphasis was made on importance of service standards development at Guesthouses as well as on details and necessary minimal requirements, which are needed for provision of high quality service in the field of rural tourism.
To strengthen effectiveness of delivered information, participants conducted range of practical exercises and cases on: calculation of service fees; identification of customers’ target groups, evaluation of service quality; design of restaurant menu etc.
EU supported ENPARD II project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” is implemented by HEKS/EPER Georgia in partnership with the Biological Farming Association “Elkana”. The project aims at contributing to the reduction of poverty in the Dedoplistskaro Municipality of the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia.
The project facilitated elaboration of Local Development Strategy for Dedoplistskaro Municipality, foundation of local action group and grant applications’ evaluation committee.  In the frame of the project 10 representatives of local action group traveled to Romania to visit the projects and share experience. After implementation of the training on proposal writing techniques, project received 70 full grant applications. Steering committee selected 36 successful applicants based on in advance elaborated and approved evaluation mechanism. After finalization of technical assessment process and delivery of final business plans, applicants will start implementation of the projects.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through the ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.