History

Who we are:

Initiator and organizer of development of a new type of rural and recreational urban population activities since 1996, which acquired the term “rural green tourism”.

Lobbist: since 1999 – regulations for attracting unemployed and partly employed rural population, for development of rural green tourism were introduced into legal environment: laws - 1, bills - 2, in particular, on 23.05.2017 a bill number 2232a “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On individual farming economy” in relation to development of rural green tourism” passed in its first reading, Presidential decrees - 2, acts of the Cabinet of Ministers - 6, departmental acts - 3, in particular, the Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine No. 24 dated January 18, 2013 on promoting rural tourism by 2015 and holding a competition aimed to find 100 best rural tourism farmsteads in Ukraine; on December 14, 2017, bill No. 7400 “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine regarding the taxation of income received in the field of rural green tourism” was registered; in December 2017 the Ministry of Agrarian Policy submitted a draft order “On Approval of Recommendations to the Owner of Personal Rural and Family farming enterprises for Providing Rural Green Tourism Services”.         

Position of a representative: since 1999 - in the Humanitarian Policy Council and the Council for Development of Rural Areas under the President of Ukraine, the Interdepartmental Council on Investment in the Agrarian Sector and the Council on Rural Development under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Council on Tourism Development and Resorts under the State Service for Tourism and Resorts, Office of Coordination of preparation for the UEFA EURO 2012 football championship, Council for the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Coordinating Council for Tourism under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Working Groups under the Ministry of agrarian policy, local councils in the executive branch authorities.

Founder and owner of the certificate of state registration of a printed media "Rural Green Tourism" magazine: from 1997 to 2015, 44 issues of the magazine were issued with an edition of more than 200 thousand copies. Since 2015, it is not published in paper form, the possibility of publishing in electronic format is being studied. Website: www.greentour.com.ua to provide quality, secure and guaranteed services, information and legal protection of the members of the Union.

Author and owner of the categorization programs “Ukrainian hospitable manor” and eco-labeling “Green Manor”: the badge and certificate “Ukrainian hospitable manor” have 210 owners in 21 regions, including 96 base level, 38-first, 41-second, 35-third (highest) level; the badge and the certificate “Green Manor” have 49 farmsteads in 7 regions, including those of the first level - 45, of the second level - 4. With the purpose of entering the European market, the OSU (organization standard of Ukraine) is being prepared on the basis of the program of categorization “Ukrainian hospitable manor”.

Initiator and organizer of the annual All-Ukrainian trade show “Ukrainian Village Invites”, which took place in 2003-2010 on the territory of the Museum of Folk Architecture and Household of Ukraine, in 2011 - on the premises of “Expocenter of Ukraine”.

Participant since 1999 of  all-Ukrainian and international tourism and agricultural exhibitions. 

On the Union: 8 adviser-consultants on rural development, marketing and rural tourism of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, 12 defended Ph.D. and 1 habilitational thesis on the topic of “rural green tourism”, experts of the Union are the authors of two dozen manuals and brochures on organization of rural green tourism, which were issued under the stamp of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Union of Green Tourism of Ukraine.

On the present board of the Union: there are 1 owner of a green tourism business entity with 15 years of experience, 2 - regional professional representatives, 1 holder of habilitation degree in Law, 1 correspondent member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, holder of habilitation degree in Economics.

Founder: 2009 - Rural Green Tourism Schools at the University of Bioresources and Natural Resource Management of Ukraine, which operates on the basis of the Institute of Postgraduate Education of UBNRMU: more than 500 persons completed training and advanced training, including 52 members of the Union; 2016 - the network structure of the “Ukrainian Network for Rural Development”.

Author of the projects: since 1997 over 30 projects has been implemented with the support of international charitable foundations, in particular, the International Restoration Foundation, the Eurasia Foundation, the EU TACIS Program, the British Council, the Agroinvest project, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), in particular, 2011 - the project “ViA Regia - Ukraine - Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”, 2012-2014 - the project “Formation of the policy of development and functioning of rural green tourism in Ukraine”, 2013 - the project “Promotion of economic development and employment”, 2016-2018 - participant of the UNDP project “Strengthening of the business-associations of small and medium-sized enterprises”, 2017 - the project “From divided estates to territorial clusters”, the project “Agrarian and Rural Development Program”, USAID.

Partner: 1999-2018 – central executive authorities in the agrarian, tourist, social, regulatory, economic and environmental sectors. 

Values and key competencies: responsibility, professionalism, practicality and benefits for owners of farmsteads and local communities.

Recognition: 12 initiators of development of rural green tourism in Ukraine were awarded the Badge of the State Tourism Administration of Ukraine “Honorary Worker of Tourism of Ukraine”; Diploma of the award winner of the All-Ukrainian professional tourism program “Kryshtalevyi Leleka-2000”; Diploma of the award winner in the nomination “The best tourist publication in 2001”; Diploma “Ukraine in tourism. Personalities – 2007”; Diplomas of the International Tourism Salons “Ukraine”, Certificate of Merit and Certificate of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Acknowledgments of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Honors and Diplomas of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, State Employment Center, State Service of Tourism and Resorts and other state institutions. A total of more than 30 awards.

Aspirants of new knowledge and experience: studied experience, underwent training and participated in conferences in Hungary, Poland, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Greece, France, Sweden, USA, Russia and other countries. The initiators have got certificates of the World Tourism Organization and other international and Ukrainian institutions.

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