Country tourist portal launched in Moldova
09:59 | 08.10.2021 Category: Economic
Chisinau, 8 October /MOLDPRES/- The National Association for Inbound Tourism in Moldova has launched the country's tourism portal, Moldova.travel, a public-private partnership for the tourism industry. The site will be a platform for promoting tourism in our country, accessible in Romanian, English and Russian, includes tourist destinations and experiences, presented through modern, digital and current content.
The new digital resource was realized through the joint effort of the Moldova Competitiveness Project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden and the United Kingdom and the National Association for Inbound and Inbound Tourism (ANTRIM), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Investment Agency of the Republic of Moldova.
The digital platform for promoting the country includes 16 interactive virtual tours of several popular destinations, 25 attractively described tourist routes, with maps and travel landmarks, including oeno-tourist routes, bird watching itineraries, cycling and hiking, over 500 objectives listed tourist destinations, as well as useful contacts for travel planning in the Republic of Moldova, all accessible consolidated on a digital portal.
"The cultural-tourist heritage becomes accessible to tourists through this online resource and can convince them to become our guests. The tourist portal www.moldova.travel is unique in our country, through the scope of informative, educational content, creatively viewed and will become an engine to appreciate the image of the Republic of Moldova as a tourist destination abroad, but also among our compatriots.All appreciation for the colossal effort of the private sector that developed this tourist portal, which we will maximize in promoting and developing tourism in the Republic of Moldova ", said Sergiu Prodan, Minister of Culture.
Moldova.Travel will contribute to the amplification of electronic commerce in the tourism industry of the Republic of Moldova by increasing traffic to individual websites of rural pensions, wineries, tourist destinations, tour operators, 12 of which were developed with the support of the Moldova Competitiveness Project , funded by USAID, the Government of Sweden and the Government of the United Kingdom, and eight websites offer real-time online booking services with electronic payment system.
“For over a decade, USAID has been supporting the development of the tourism industry in Moldova. The business of tourism offers valuable employment opportunities for Moldovans. This provides an alternative to emigration and stimulates regional economic growth. Despite the difficulties and limitations imposed by the pandemic, people are now willing to travel. Tourists want to be a "click" away from their next destination and the modernized version of the Moldova.travel site is an excellent source about the tourist offer of Moldova. Even though the pandemic has affected the tourism industry, our prognosis is optimistic. We hope that moldova.travel will become a source of inspiration for tourists from all over the region and from the Moldovan diaspora, who are planning a visit at home ", said Scott Hocklander, head of the USAID mission in Moldova.
"Moldova's tourism industry needs to adapt and respond to new market digitalization trends. I worked for over 3 years on this online tourism platform, together with a team of professionals, to develop a modern, attractive site, integrated with mobile devices and suitable for maximum indexing on search engines. The challenge for the future is to keep the site alive and updated with the evolutions of the national tourist offer ", said Natalia Țurcanu, ANTRIM executive director.