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Thursday, December 22 2022 - 03:26
Ministry of Culture: Moldova commits to developing a sustainable tourism industry in partnership with GSTC
CHISINAU, Moldova, Dec. 21, 2022, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Moldova has taken an important step in its commitment to sustainability in the 
tourism industry through its recent partnership with the Global Sustainable 
Tourism Council (GSTC)( 
Promoting implementation of GSTC's sustainability criteria will ensure that 
Moldova's tourism sector is aligned with the industry's highest global 
standards for sustainable tourism.  This commitment was confirmed by signing a 
Partnership Agreement between the Moldovan Ministry of Culture, the government 
authority coordinating the tourism sector, and GSTC. This Partnership 
Agreement, establishes a cooperation framework for developing a sustainable 
tourism industry in Moldova.

The Republic of Moldova, a small country in eastern Europe located between 
Romania and Ukraine, has significant potential to develop as a sustainable 
tourism destination. Recent investments and developments in the country's wine 
and rural tourism have resulted in a range of new tourism products that 
highlight Moldova's unique cultural, culinary, wine and adventure travel 
potential. The focus of Moldova's tourism strategy has been to conserve the 
country's authentic culture and develop tourism in rural communities, thereby 
providing a strong foundation already in sustainability.

GSTC's CEO Randy Durband stated, "The sustainability commitment signed in 
Moldova will be supported by the cooperation of the public and private sectors 
to develop sustainable management directions that would be applicable to 
various forms of tourism. The Moldovan tourism industry will benefit from 
GSTC's expertise and assistance, to achieve an appropriate balance in the 
development of the sector and to guarantee its long-term sustainability."

Furthermore, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Moldova, Sergiu Prodan, 
added:  "Moldova is an emerging tourism destination that has been dramatically 
impacted by the pandemic and the war in the region. However, the resilience 
paradigm, along with the development and recovery model, can only be based on 
the principles of sustainable development through a commitment to protect and 
enhance the environment and cultural heritage while maximizing social and 
economic benefits for the local communities. Everyone can explore now virtually 
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As a further sign of Moldova's commitment to becoming a sustainable 
destination, the National Inbound and Domestic Tourism Association of Moldova 
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recently became a member of GSTC. Together, this will support Moldova's tourism 
businesses, government authorities and destinations to comply with GSTC's 
globally recognized sustainability standards.

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Source: National Inbound and Domestic Tourism Association of Moldova (ANTRIM)