Tsalka, working mom as well as a son/ Photo Agnes Montanari
Georgia\’s southern Tsalka region anticipates welcoming tourists, drawn via the area\’s unique splendor and cultural monuments. An FAO project financed by Austria has worked with local and national authorities as Tsalka prepares for hosting agritourists and ecotourists.
During 2016, areas for support were identified through a \”local initiative group\” with representatives within the local population and both private and nongovernmental sectors. The bunch analyzed the demands of local shop and decided that Tsalka\’s eye-catching natural landscapes and hospitable farmers were an excellent foundation for developing agritourism and ecotourism during the municipality.
Under an undertaking entitled \”Capacity Advancement of Agriculture of Georgia,\” funded by the Austrian Development Agency, FAO\’s team in Georgia recently completed work towards the Tsalka Tourism Development Strategy and Plan (2016-2021). Improvements to tourism infrastructure and education for potential tourism repair shops were also provided.
Three touristic routes were identified C one for hiking, one for bicycle touring, and one for automobile touring. The routes were spelled out to add a lot of the important cultural and environmental sights in Tsalka C the famous Dashbash canyon, 22 cultural heritage sites including churches going back as small as the 1200\’s, and guest houses and farms offering products for tourists.
The three routes with their various places of interest were plotted on the map. Information boards were set up on Tsalka\’s municipal centre.
To make excursions more convenient and safe, Gps (GPS) coordinates were elaborated per route. For instance , the trails and roads, attractions and facilities, cultural and natural monuments, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, camping sites, and types of potable water.
Enhancing the proportions on the area\’s tourism sector was another dimension from the programme. Some 25 potential tourism repair shops C 12 females and 13 men C from 13 different villages of Tsalka municipality attended three days of intensive training. The course covered rural tourism and guesthouse operation standards, marketing and business proposal development, and ecotourism principles.
\”The pilot project shows the truly great likelihood of Eco-tourism in Georgia and the way rural tourism can be established and promoted,\” said FAO Representative in Georgia Raimund Jehle. \”The focus is on income diversification in rural areas, and lowering of rural poverty, by empowering the rural population and developing tourism service facilities. This will positively influence rural development in Georgia.\”
Tourism development activities in Tsalka are part of FAO\’s Regional Initiative 1 and give rise to its strategic objective on reducing rural poverty. Additionally lead to Un Sustainable Development Goals 1 and eight C the avoidance of poverty, and decent work and economic growth, respectively.