On August 29, AMAP Human Development NGO organized a sneak preview of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) Project web portal and app at the Erebuni museum. Participants included U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, Head of USAID/Armenia Karen Hilliard, and supporters and colleagues of the AMAP NGO.
The presentation highlighted an important milestone in AMAP’s work on the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor and the development of 21st century social technologies to promote tourism in the local communities. The public presentation of the web portal and the app will be held in November 2014.
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU), AMAP is the leading organization in the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor project, a two year initiative between five partners in Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Greece. The project fosters cross-border cooperation and economic development in more than 173 communities along the corridor.
In addition to physically marking the corridor with signs and panels, AMAP is creating a companion web portal and six smart-phone apps. For the first time, visitors to this amazing region will have the IT tools to self-navigate, visit cultural and natural sites and enjoy the hospitality of local B&Bs, guest houses, craft artisans and other essential services. Embedded within the apps are social networks and SnapShot photos, an instant picture messenger.
Critical to the Project is the connection that is being built across borders to connect tourists to local communities.With multi-dimensionalinformation about each site on the corridor combined with access to local services, financial resourcesare brought into local (often rural) communities.
Other sponsors include the EU-Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation, the Honorary Consul for Italy in Gyumri, the Armenian Travel Bureauand Arminco Communications.