Workshop Program

Tourism in Mountain Regions - Influence on Natural and Cultural Diversity International Workshop
Yerevan, Armenia 27-29 October 2003.

Monday, October 27, hotel "ARMA"
09.00 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 11.30 Opening Remark
Introduction of participants
Introduction to the seminar
David Reeder, WWF Coordinator for the Drava River
The Development of Ecotourism along the River Drava in
Hungary and Croatia: Some Practical Steps Towards Implementation

Asnate Ziemele, Latvian Country Tourism Association, President
Sustainable Rural Tourism Development in Latvia

11.30 - 12.00 Break

12.00 - 13.00 Aigul Shabdanbekova, Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism
Association "Hospitality Kyrgyzstan", Marketing Specialist
Experience and the Process of Establishment of Rural Tourism
Model In Kyrgyz Republic.

Zhanna Galyan, Armenian Ecotourism Association, President
Ecotourism and Agrotourism in South Caucasus - Prospects
and Problems

Tufenkian Heritage Hotels

13.00 - 13.20 Transportation to the"Avan Villa Hotel", Tufenkian Heritage Hotels
13.20 - 13.40 Presentation of the "Avan Villa Hotel", Tufenkian Heritage Hotels

13.40 - 15.10 Lunch

15.10 - 15.30 Return to the hotel "ARMA"

15.30 - 16.40 Levan Palavandishvili, Agrotourism Association of Georgia,
Agrotourism in Georgia
Oleksandr Voloshynskyy, The Green Cross Society, President
Use of Mountainous Recreational Tourism Resources for
Recreation of the Handicapped.

Yaroslav Henyk, NGO "European Dialog", Head of Environmental Programs
Ecotourism in Protected Areas of Western Ukraine

16.40 - 17.10 Break

17.10 - 18.00 Evgeniy Pogozhev, Ecological Travels Center, Executive Director
The Green Ring of Moscow
Ara Tamanyan, Nautical Research Club "Ayas"
Along the Sea Lanes of Ancestors - Sailing Ship Cilicia

Tuesday, October 28, hotel "ARMA"
10.00 - 11.30 Aivar Ruukel, Estonian Ecotourism
Association, President
"The Green Key" Ecological System
Dorothea Wegelein, Borjomi-Khalagauri NP
Ecotourism in Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park, Georgia
Aram Aghasyan, Head of Protected Areas Management
Department, Bio-resources Management Agency of the Ministry of Nature Protection
Tourism Development Prospects for Protected Areas of Armenia

11.30 - 12.00 Break

12.00 - 13.40 Artur Zakaryan, Head of Tourism Development Department
Tourism Development in Regions of Armenia
Ashot Hovhannisyan
, Head of Tourism Board, Dilijan
Tourism Development Project in Dilijan Town
Olia Ohanyan, Tourist Information Center Director, Ijevan
Tourism Development Project in Ijevan Town
Shirak Mikaelyan, Tourism Development Center, Vayk
Tourism Development Project in Vayk
Tatevik Mchitaryan, "Areguni" society, Vardenis
Tourism Development Project in Vardenis

13.40 - 15.10 Lunch

15.10 - 15.30 Gayane Shagoyan, WB Trans Caucasus Tourism Initiative, National Expert
Armenian Part of the TCTI (Trans Caucasus Tourism Initiative) Project

15.30 - 16.30 Discussion Groups

16.30 - 17.00 Break

17.00 - 18.00 Discussion groups' recommendations and general discussion.
18.00 Closing

Wednesday, October 29
Site visits in Gegharkunik and Tavush marzes (regions) of Armenia, including communities and two National Parks - "Sevan" and "Dilijan"