12 tourist information centres of Zakarpattya joined into a single network: their representatives signed an Agreement

The Agreement was signed after the international conference “Experience exchange on TDM regions from Vishegrad countries to Ukraine”, which was organized in the frame of a cross-border project financed by the Visegrad Fund and implemented by Ukrainian-Hungarian Regional Development Centre (Ukraine).

During the conference local tourism experts got acquainted with the European experience of tourism destinations management by means of joining the efforts of all the tourism stakeholders (local authorities, self-government, business and NGOs). Such TDM unit is currently being established in the Hungarian-Ukrainian border region within an EU funded project titled “Cross-border Destination Management in the Transcarpathian – Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County region” (ref.No HUSKROUA/0901/048).It is foreseen that this TDM territory should offer the tourists a complete set of tourist, recreation and informational products, which are developed according to European experience in TDM. The practical experience shows that such approach helps to improve the attractiveness of the region, increase the tourists flow and time they spend in the region, as well as the money they are ready to spend here.

Jozsef Torpoi, Director of the Ukrainian-Hungarian Regional Development Centre, noted that single tourist information centres shouldn’t be competitors; they should collaborate, develop joint products and services and offer them to the tourists. In general, creation of TIC’s network in Zakarpattya would positively influence the tourism development in the region. When having more precise and complete information, tourist entities could organize their work more efficiently, and the tourists could spend their vacations in more interesting ways. By signing the mentioned Agreement the work of local TICs will become more balanced.

Ernest Nusser, Head of the Main Department of European Integration, External Economic Affairs and Tourism of Zakarpatska Regional State Administration, in his speech during the conference informed the participants, that a meeting of Intergovernmental Committee would be held soon, which would also deal with tourism development issues. He invited the conference participants to submit to the Committee their proposals and recommendations on cross-border tourism development in the region.

Among the main speakers at the conference were Erika Könyves, professor of the Debrecen University (Hungary), Árpád Hanusz, coordinator of TDM organization in Nyiregyhaza (Hungary), and Tibor Seman, Director of “Bodrogtour” TDM organization in Košice (Slovak Republic). The speakers presented their organizations and work, as well as shared their experience of TDM creation and development. Along the theoretical parts of their speeches, the speakers also presented the most successful projects which have recently been implemented in their regions related to TDM issues.

The conference was also held at the same time with the International tourist fair “Tour Euro Centre – 2011″. Thus, the participants could get acquainted with the tourist potential of the Carpathian Euroregion.