Genichesk seeks to uncover the tourism potential
On 23 September, Genichesk officials and community members discussed local problems and the perspectives of local development projects that could be implemented in the town.
This Dialogue of Partners was held within the framework of the project “Black Sea Regional Development network”, which is implemented in four areas of Ukraine, as well as in Moldova and Georgia, by the Regional Development Center ‘Top-Kaya’. Genichesk was selected as one of the municipalities in which the project will work to help analyze local problem and promising areas of economic development.
Participants of the meeting agreed that the most promising, and therefore priority, development area is tourism. The town has a huge potential – clean beaches, long coastal area, medicinal springs, shallow and warm sea. However, many challenging steps are necessary to fully capitalize on this potential. Among them, creation and equipment of beaches, installation of sewage in the beach area, arrangement of the waterfront, support to small businesses (cafes, hotels, souvenir shops).
Additional efforts should be focused on informing and promoting Genichesk as a resort. This could be one of the objectives for a Tourist Information Centre. The concept of such Centre will be developed with the support of ‘Top-Kaya’.
Other local problems include sewerage, thermal insulation of houses, drinking water quality, solid waste management, green areas. Most of these problems can be solved with involvement of international financing. To do so, local activists need to know how to write projects in line with EU or other donor requirements. Project writing knowledge and skills will be developed through the unique online course. Those interested should register at en.develop.org.ua/course before 30 September.
The project is implemented by the Regional Development Centre ‘Top-Kaya’ in partnership with organizations from Georgia, Moldova and Visegrad countries, and is supported by the International Visegrad Fund www.visegradfund.org