Support to Nature-based Business in Gosh Village

Support to Nature-based Business in Gosh Village

"Arevi Gosh" hotel will host tourists in Gosh Village, Tavush Region, which was built with the support of “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project.

The project is s being implemented byWorld Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Caucasus and Armenian offices (lead implementer) in collaboration with Strategic Development Agency NGO (SDA).

On September 18, 2023, the visitors of Gosh village attended the opening ceremony of the hotel participated by representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Armenian office, Tavush Regional Administration, local self-government bodies, the Armenian Tourism Federation and tour agencies.

“With this project, we not only support the construction of the hotel, but also create demand for labor and local food supply. This project is very typical of the approach of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of natural resources, their sustainable use and the development of communities. This is a very important project for us,” Werner Tհut, Deputy Regional Director of Swiss Cooperation in the South Caucasus, noted.

“Thousands of tourists visit Gosh every year. But before there was no major tourist infrastructure in Gosh, this hotel is the first serious infrastructure in Gosh, which would allow hosting large tourist flows. "Arevi" hotel not only solves this problem by granting tourists an opportunity to spend the night, but is also a serious economic stimulus for the community, creating jobs for the residents of the settlement, enabling the residents of the region to sell their agricultural products and produces through the hotel,” Alla Ghazaryan, representative of “Strategic Development Agency” NGO, Coordinator of “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project outlined.

The hotel will be nature-friendly in its operations and will offer exclusively eco-tourism, hiking, off-road tours, etc.

Gevorg Gasparyan, the founder of "Arevi Gosh" hotel, noted that the service of off-road tours has been actively developing in the village in recent years, in which case the availability of infrastructure is important. "I am sure that this will be a good example for other residents of the village to provide similar services in their homes as well. Most of our employees are from the community. We also create additional work for people engaged in collecting in the community," he said.

Mekhak Apresyan, President of Armenian Federation of Tourism, noted that more than 60% of Armenia's hotel economies are located in regions, but there is a problem of infrastructure development. "We must have a medium-term and long-term development strategy and policy, institutional reforms, legislative regulations to create a favorable business investment environment in Armenia," he said.

The project started in April 2022 and includes 16 target rural settlements from Tavush, Lori, Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regions and will last until 2029.

"Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia" project is funded by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This project is implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Armenia) and the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO.

October 09, 2023 at 11:08