PROJECT OF CULTURAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN
THE CRIMEA: DESIGHN AND PROMOTION OF ETHNOCULTURAL ROUTES"
IS NEARING COMPLETION
Simferopol, Ukraine - June 10, 2011 - June 10, 2012
organization "Information and Methodological Center for
Inter-cultural Education and Tolerance," in cooperation
with the Crimean Ethnographic Museum complete the implementation
of "THE PROJECT OF CULTURAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
IN THE CRIMEA: DESIGHN AND PROMOTION OF ETHNOCULTURAL ROUTES".
The project was implemented with the support of the USAID
Local Investment and National Competitiveness (LINC) project.
Crimea has always been a multinational region and a region
of influence of the major Eurasian empires - Roman, Byzantine,
Ottoman, Russian. There was an active mix of different tribes
and ethnic groups, which formed the new community. The prosperity
of the Crimea during all periods of its history was closely
linked with the fruitful cooperation and mutual influence of
different cultures, rather than the contribution of any one
ethnic group or culture. And the Crimean multiculturalism is
now the key to its stability and prosperity in the future. Today,
the peninsula attracts tourists not only for its natural resources,
but also by its rich historical and cultural heritage.
The main objective of this project was to create a positive
image of the Crimea as a platform for dialogue between cultures
and enhance its tourism and investment attraction through the
promotion of cultural and ethnographic heritage and its inclusion
in the system of mass tourism, and extention of the tourist
season through the diversification of offer.
During the year, project experts – Margaryta Aradzhyoni, Ph.D.,
head of the department of ethno-confessional studies at the
Crimean Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy
of Sciences of Ukraine, Chairman of the Board of NGO "Information
and Methodological Center for Inter-cultural Education and Tolerance,"
and Yuri Laptev, the director of the Crimean Ethnographic Museum
have developed 27 historical, cultural, archaeological, cultural
and ethnographic routes.
The project included data collection, photographing of preserved
cultural and ethnographic heritage, as well as an assessment
of its condition and opportunities for the use as tourist sights.
The product developed is rather modern and attractive. The routes
are presented in the form of special booklets –flyers. Wide
dissemination of information about the content of the main routes
and main sights will be provided through tourist information
centers and Internet resources. It will enable tour operators,
travel agents, tour guides and tourists traveling on their own
to use these routes to make a holiday in the Crimea more interesting
List of routes being developed:
• History and Archaeology:
heritage of the Crimea"
• History and Architecture:
Eyalet of the Ottoman Empire"
• History and Culture:
British and the Crimea"
Armenians in the Crimea"
Bulgarians in the Crimea"
Byelorussians in the Crimea"
Greeks of the Crimea: 26 centuries of history and culture"
Jews in the Crimea"
Italians in the Crimea"
in the Crimea"
"The Crimean Tatars: History and Culture"
Krymchaks - who are they?"
Lithuanians in the Crimea"
Moldovans in the Crimea"
of the Caucasus and Crimea: the Azerbaijanians"
of the Caucasus and the Crimea: the Georgians"
Germans in the Crimea"
Poles in the Crimea"
"The Russians in the Crimea"
Ukrainians in the Crimea"
"The French mark on the Crimean land"
"The Czechs in the Crimea"
Swiss in the Crimea"
Estonians in the Crimea".
• Culture and Ethnography Route "The
Mosaic of Peoples of the Crimea"