World Tourism Day 2017 was marked in Bosnia within the scope of the Via Dinarica: A Platform for Sustainable Tourism Development and Local Economic Growth, a project implemented and funded by the United States Agency for International Development in Bosnia and United Nations Development Program in BiH.
The aim of the project is promotion of Dinaric corridor and reduction of economic, social and regional disparities in Bosnia by promoting Via Dinarica as a regional tourism destination and increasing Bosnia’s competitiveness in nature-based tourism.
World Tourism Day was marked by signing a cost-sharing agreement between UNDP in BiH and the Federation entity’s Ministry for Environment and Tourism, which supported the Via Dinarica project with KM 100,000.
“Via Dinarica is a very important project for the whole region of the Balkans, and especially for BiH. Considering the positive results the project has yielded, the Government of Federation of BiH has financially supported Via Dinarica, as a project of special importance for development and promotion of Federation of BiH,“ said Edita Đapo, Federation’s Minister of Environment and Tourism.
Tourism is the 3rd largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels. In Bosnia, tourism makes 5% of the gross domestic product.
“Via Dinarica project is a tool for development of sustainable tourism in BiH, and Via Dinarica as integrated tourism product, can contribute to socio-economic human development and improving quality of life for people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other countries in the region,” said Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP BiH.
“The tourism sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the few bright spots on the country’s economic radar, and Via Dinarica is a chance for Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop its rural and remote areas, and empower vulnerable population, deprived of development possibilities, via tourism as a development tool.”