Quality certification system in Agrotourism

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FINAL CONFERENCE, CerTour - New perspectives of agritourism development

Press release
Date: 27 November, 2015.
Location: Yerevan, Sign Hotel (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel) 10.00 – 16.00
Grigor Lusavorich str, 4.

On November 27, 2015 the Final Conference of the EU funded "Quality Certification System in Agrotourism" project will be held.
The project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the Joint Operational Programme "Black Sea Basin 2007 - 2013".

About event
All the partners of the CerTour project will participate at the event. The project is implemented by a transnational partnership in which the following organizations are taking part:

  • Municipality of Xanthi, the Leading Partner - Greece
  • Black Sea Economic Centre - Bulgaria
  • "Ecotourism Association" NGO - Armenia
  • International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis - Georgia
  • Suruceni Town Administration - R. Moldova
  • State organization "Regional Fund for the Support of the Entrepreneurship of Zaporоzhye

region" – Ukraine

Mr. Mekhak Apresyan, Head of the Department of Tourism Development Policy, Ministry of Economy of RA will attend the conference with Welcome message.
Numerous tourism and particularly rural/agro-tourism stakeholders from Armenia will also participate at the Conference: associations, tour operators and tourism guides, representatives of rural guesthouses, etc. Thus, the event will be a unique rural/agro-tourism platform to discuss various issues related to the field.

About the Project

The overall objective of the CerTour project is to promote agro-tourism in the partners' regions and to improve the quality of the services provided by introducing a common specific quality standard and a certification process.

This objective has been achieved through a group of activities during the project period: Study of the current status, design of a common standard for agro-tourism and their adaptation to local conditions, local pilot implementation – certifications, common project promotion and dissemination of the results, visibility of the Action, management and coordination of the Action.
The CerTour Common Standard Framework is a set of requirements that depending on the type of the enterprise includes the following criteria with specific detailed sub-criteria: the region, infrastructure of the enterprise, personnel, quality systems, organization, servicing, additional services, environmental protection, cost.
The partners have created a network to administrate the CerTour Certification System on a sustainable basis beyond the project period. This network will be the institution that will exploit the results of the CerTour project and will extend and expand the implementation of the quality standard in agro-tourism.
For more information about project please visit website of the project - http://www.certour.eu/.
For future information please contact the project partner in Armenia - the "Ecotourism Association" NGO:
Tel` (374-10) 278728; (374-91)224346
e-mail: zhanna@netsys.am

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