The tourist information center opened in Tusheti
On July 5th, the tourist information center opened in Tusheti as part of an innovative project aiming to implement the practice of volunteer-based financial participation. The objective is to facilitate the improvement of service and promote sustainable development of tourism in Tusheti.
The information point is launched within the framework of the management plan of Tusheti Protected Landscape and is located next to the ranger's station in Tusheti National Park, on the way to the village of Omalo. One of the functions of the information center will be to share volunteer-based financial participation practices with the tourists and visitors to Tusheti.
The main objective of the initiative is to mobilise financial resources to facilitate sustainable development of unique territories by employing practices implemented in EU countries. The center already hosted its' first visitors, and Belorussian travelers were the first to financially contribute to the project.
The Information center will run as a pilot project for the next two months. People responsible for the dissemination of information are CENN recruited operators - Levan Gagoshvili and Mamuka Omiadze.
The contributions collected during this summer will support the adminstration of Tusheti Protected Landscape to develop walking trails, maintain road infrastructure, and create new camp sites in Tusheti.
The Information center was officially opened by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, Mr Tomas Pernicky, the Executive Director of CENN, Nana Janashia, local authorities from Akmeta Municipality, and representatives from the Tusheti Protected Landscape Administration and Agency of Protected Areas.
The initiative is implemented with the financial support of the Czech Development Programs, in cooperation with the Czech Nature Conservation Agency and Kronkoschos National Park, CENN and Tusheti Protected Landscape. The initiative is supported by the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia.