Press-tour in Moldova for journalists from Russia and Belarus- organized by ANAT
Between April 17 and 20, 2018, Russian and Belarusian journalists and bloggers visited the Republic of Moldova to get acquainted with the sights, tourist routes, culture and national cuisine of the country. The organizer of the press tour was the “National Association of Travel Companies of Moldova” (ANAT).
ANAT is a union of business entities working in the field of tourist services providing. Some of the most important tasks of organization are:
• to promote the image of the Republic of Moldova as an interesting and safe tourist destination at the national and international levels;
• popularization of inbound and outbound tourism;
• establishment and development of reliable partner relations with international organizations and companies working in the field of tourism;
• Improvement of the legal framework governing tourism sector;
The participants of this press tour had the opportunity to ask questions and communicate with representatives of state officials and companies working in the field of tourism. ANAT Chairman, Anna Colta, explained how the idea about organizing the event came about: “… we set a goal in the near future to organize a press tour. Yes, we put high stakes on the press involvement: if we organized an info-tour for tourist organizations, we would not get as wide audience coverage as with the journalists. It is important for us to inform people that Moldova is a visa-free country, safe and open to tourists. And, of course, to show our tourist products: in addition to Cricova, Meleshtia Mici and Mimi Castle, we also have other famous wineries – Et Cetera, Purcari, and Branesti. In Bender and Soroca there are unique medieval fortresses and the southern region of Gagauzia is famous for its amazing wines. We really have something to show the tourists. “
For 3 days the participants were able to visit the main sights of the country, such as:
– Kurki Monastery – one of the most important architectural monuments of Moldova, built in the 17-19 centuries. The ensemble consists of 2 churches and 9 buildings with cells, a garden and a stone pool.
– Historical and archaeological complex “Old Orhei” (Orheiul Vechi), which is an open-air museum. It is famous for its rock monasteries, unique natural landscapes and well-preserved remains of settlements of various civilizations.
– Winery of Moldova. In 2018, the United Nations declared Moldova the world capital of wine tourism, so the producers developed special offers for guests, including excursions through the territory of factories, vineyards and cellars as well as tasting Moldovan wines. The participants of the press tour visited the most famous wineries : Cricova Cellars (Cricova), Milestii Mici (Milestii Mici) and MIMI Castle (castel MIMI).
– Rural tourism complex Trebujeny, in which the participants of the press tour could get acquainted with the traditional way of Moldovan lifestyle and local specifics, learn customs and get familiar with national cuisine. Here the participants prepared and baked a traditional Moldovan placinda – a flat cake with a filling inside.
The guests were also invited on a sightseeing tour of Chisinau that includes a visit to the monument to Pushkin.
Journalists and bloggers who took part in the press tour highly appreciated the tourist potential of the Republic of Moldova. Portal tio.by has featured a number of articles with a detailed description of the main sights of the country and tourist routes that listed the advantages of this travel destination for Belarusian and Russian tourists. The author of the article notes that “Moldova is not only a colorful country, but also very tourist-friendly: it is visa-free, safe, inexpensive, comfortable for Russian-speakers and – most importantly – hospitable.”
Alexander Goretov, Editor-in-chief of the Travel Box program in Radio PREMIUM commented that: “Here you find yourself inside a fairy tale. Any direction you turn you would find either happiness, or amazing architectural sights or a simply new friends to be. In Chisinau, this is not a fairy tale, but a reality. In general, the city is very green with a lot of parks, where people like to relax.”
AIR MOLDOVA has direct flights from Krasnodar, Ekaterinburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg that quickly and comfortably will bring you into the International Airport “CHISINAU”.
Elena Logunova, writer and journalist proclaimed: “Chisinau is the second (after Munich) airport that has got its own brewery! A live, unfiltered beer of excellent quality can be drunk at the Lumen Kraft Airport Pub. The beer is complemented with traditional zama: chicken noodles, bacon, potatoes, pretzels and vegetables … Oh my God, on the way back from this country I do not need a plane, I can roll myself, because I will become spherical! “
Some of publications with the participants’ impressions can be found to the following links (the list of the link will be updated):
ANAT expresses its gratitude to AIR MOLDOVA, the international airport Chisinau and MIEPO- an organization for attracting investments and promoting exports to Moldova for assistance in organizing and holding the press tour and for the exceptional level of reception and customer service.
Moldova has a lot to surprise and entertain tourists with as the choice of excursions and tourist routes is extensive and fascinating. The organizers of the press tour very successfully summed up the advantages of visiting the republic in the slogan “Moldova is a tourist destination. Close! Interesting! Inexpensive! “.
Moldovan tour operators are waiting for Russian and Belarusian tourists, because our countries are close and have a lot in common!
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