A new beginning for tourism in the greater Famagusta regionSep 22, 2015
Between September 9th and 15th, 2015, the RENEWAL project held a series of tourism education workshops in the walled city of Famagusta and Deryneia for artisans, CSOs, and small businesses in these areas. Seminars were also organised for Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot tourist guides and tour organizers. The seminars have already played a significant role in building trust and cooperation among the tour organizers and allowed guides to exchange stories about the greater Famagusta region, its people, monuments and history that can enhance the visitor’s experience.
During the summer, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities in Deryneia and Famagusta started to craft a vision for tourism development that can link the greater Famagusta region and provide bi-communal business opportunities.
Local businesses on both sides of the Green Line are joining together to create tourist excursions, which include Deryneia, Famagusta and the surrounding areas, and which can attract foreign visitors and domestic tourists. The RENEWAL project is providing business mentoring and trainings to local stakeholders, guides and tour operators, in order to support this process. The experts will emphasise the benefits of experiential tourism, and stakeholders will be advised on how to better market the greater Famagusta region.
Many people in the Famagusta region look forward to the opening of the Deryneia crossing point, which was announced as a CBM by the two leaders earlier this year. The opening of the crossing point can help Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots create a joint vision for sustainable tourism development that can connect the greater Famagusta region, and set an example for the rest of Cyprus. The model of experiential tourism which is promoted, allows sustainable development, and seeks to protect the cultural and ecological assets of the greater Famagusta region.
The Renewal project (Regional Network for Inter-communal Livelihoods) is supported by the United Nations Development Programme in Cyprus (UNDP-ACT) and focuses on developing the economic and social potential of the greater Famagusta region. It seeks to empower local communities to implement bi-communal activities, supports youth entrepreneurship and provides opportunities for bi-communal business partnerships.