The memorandum on cooperation in the field of tourism was signed by the Association of Hospitality Industry of Ukraine and the National Association of Inbound and Domestic Tourism of Moldova (ANTRIM). The associations agreed on a partnership in the development of a bilateral tourist flow between Moldova and Ukraine, as well as on the creation of new cross-border routes designed to attract foreign tourists.
“For a year now, AIGU and ANTRIM have been working on joint projects and negotiating multilateral cooperation in the field of tourism, and we agreed to sign the memorandum two months ago during the forum” Prospects for Tourism 2021: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus “.
The signing of this memorandum is especially relevant against the background of the visit of the newly elected President of Moldova to Ukraine. As you know, Volodymyr Zelensky and Maya Sandu have agreed, among other things, on cooperation in the field of tourism, “said Oleksandr Liev, Head of the Hospitality Industry Association of Ukraine, during an online meeting dedicated to the signing of the memorandum.
In turn, AIGU Executive Director Anna Romanova added that despite the fact that Moldova consistently remains in first place among the countries from which tourists go to Ukraine, this flow of tourists is still spontaneous – there are very few organized groups.
“Ukrainians, in turn, also pay little attention to Moldovan tourism products and go on vacation to Egypt, Turkey and even Zanzibar, but not to neighboring Moldova. And in this crisis period, of course, would like to support each other and start systematic work.” , – Romanova emphasized.
ANTRIM Executive Director Victoria Buketaru noted that the search for new opportunities for cooperation in the field of tourism, and especially between neighboring countries, in 2021 is a necessity, because this is the only way to revive the industry after the crisis.
“Our associations have decided not to wait for the end of the pandemic, but to start work now, so that by the time foreign travel becomes possible again, come with ready interesting tourism product and proposals. The memorandum provides for joint work to implement new practices for tourism development; common tourist products, productive use of tourist ecosystems of our countries “, – commented to Buketaru.
After the signing of the memorandum, members of the Associations and others joined the online meeting, representatives of the tourism business discussed further cooperation, including training in the hospitality industry in both countries.