First in Ukraine study session for bicycle tour guides started in Transcarpathia

The very first in Ukraine study session for those willing to become bicycle guides for tourist groups was initiated in Beregovo Tourist Information Centre on 24 November.

As Jozsef Tarpai, Director of Ukrainian-Hungarian Regional Development Centre, said the participation is completely free of charge. The session will last through April 2013 and includes both theoretical and practical components.

Istvan Molnar, representative of Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg Regional Association of Friends of Nature (Hungary), presented experience and best practices in this tourism sector which is quite new for Ukraine. In particular, he explained how they plan and carry out bicycle trips within their own country and abroad (to Romania, for example). Very often these tours have a practical use also, as the bicycle tour guides often take part in the development and marking of new cycling routes.

The study session is supported by well-experienced tourism experts. Ottokar Kasynets, professor of Tourism Department of Mukachevo State University, is also among them, as well as experts from Hungary.

Bicycle is a unique means of transport and the tourists enjoy impressions from cycling tours much longer. Cycling is a sports combined with the possibility to gain positive emotions, visit wonderful places and see a lot of attractions. No doubt that cycling tourism will be actively developed in Ukraine and in Transcarpathia. Moreover, new bicycle lanes which should be recently built along the Ukrainian-Hungarian border will help to promote cycling tourism in the region.

The Project is co-financed by the European Union via ENPI CBC 2007-2013 Program.