USAID launches sustainable tourism development project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The iconic Stari Most bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new, $20-million, five-year project to develop sustainable tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina that will prepare the country to be a world-class destination for travelers in the post-pandemic era.

USAID’s Developing Sustainable Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina (USAID Turizam) will help boost the country’s economy through improving the business enabling environment, strengthening the quality of tourism services, increasing access to finance in tourism related businesses, and more broadly marketing the country to international tourism markets. USAID Turizam will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations (MOFTER) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republic of Srpska.

“We should strive to maximize the potential of the tourism industry to create new jobs and make truly meaningful and sustainable contributions to economic development,” U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Eric G. Nelson said in remarks to open the two-day launch event. “We will continue to create income opportunities for BiH citizens, especially in rural areas, and protect the natural and cultural heritages of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our interventions will also improve the system’s competitiveness.”

This is an excerpt from an article originally published by the Sarajevo Times.

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