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EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESIDENT ASK TO EVALUATE KAZAKHSTAN NATIONAL AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on August 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Kazakhstan Ambassador meet with European Council on Tourism and Trade President(ECTT), Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for an official presentation of the 100 steps reform plan of Kazakhstan President.


The Ambassador outlined the significance and the importance of the message in a dialogue with ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and requested the academic analyses and an official point of view on the content of the document, that will be submitted for Kazakhstan people appreciation.

 


The document titled: 100 concrete steps set out by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to implement five institutional reforms is a concrete plan, proved the Kazakhstan President determination to carve out the creation of a developed state for all people of Kazakhstan.


Kazakhstan Ambassador Daulet Batrashev and ECTT President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


This will be achieved by developing a professional civil service, ensuring rule of law, offering bases for industrialisation and economic growth and fostering national unity and identity by developing a patriotic act named Mangilik El (Eternal Nation).

 


After perusing the document,ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea express his complete acquiescence to the program enunciated by H.E. Kazakhstan President-Nursultan Nazarbayev and highlighted the main features of what he called „a perfect program for a modern nation, a state belonging to XXI century”.

 


The academic staff of European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade, in agreement with other institutions and European academies, will start a process of complete and thoroughly examination and recommendations, so that the Five Institutional Reforms Program outlined by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to be recognized as a document of universal value and significance and to be offered as a template for development and national building across the world.

 


The program and documents, submitted by H.E. Kazakhstan Ambassador-Daulet Batrashev for Europe and world analysis, are reflecting the peerless manner in which President Nazarbayev is conducting the construction of an enlighten and modern state in Kazakhstan of today and his proposals can be considered as a document of world significance and authoritative development plan, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


European Council on Tourism and Trade work will be connected with the implementation of the concept of development of the tourist industry by 2020 and establishment of regional tourist clusters: “Astana - the Heart of Eurasia”, “Almaty - Kazakhstan’s Free Cultural Zone”, “Unity of Nature and Nomadic Culture”, “The Pearl of Altai”, “Restoration of the Great Silk Road”, “the Caspian Gates”.


 

The meeting held between HE. Kazakhstan Ambassador-Daulet Batrashev and President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was the first official presentation of the Five Institutional Reforms Program of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to a world academic body.

 

 


The implementation of a number of technological projects is envisaged with European Council on Tourism and Trade expertise and support.


This include the creation of the large-scale internet project “Encyclopedia of Kazakhstan”, with European Tourism Academy high level competencies involved which will enable citizens and foreign tourists to discover more about the country. The portal will include 3D video tours of Kazakhstan, information on history and culture of the country, as well as interesting events.


The portal will act as Kazakhstan’s “business card”, as well as a national guide, a national wall of fame of citizens and a platform for online discussion on the model of European Journal of Tourism and Trade.

 

 

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA DECLARATION FOR WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION CEREMONY IN ADDIS ABABA

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on August 1, 2015 at 2:10 PM

On the occasion of Addis Ababa Ceremony for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015, the European Council on Tourism and Trade President – Professor dr. Anton Caragea, had presented the principal speech outlining the reasons behind naming Ethiopia as the receiver of the world most prestigious tourism award.

 

Here is the full text of the Council President: 



H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proclaimes ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015.

ETHIOPIA is WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION IN 2015!

 


We have all gathered here, on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION CEREMONY to celebrate one of humanity most important achievements in the last centuries: and this is undoubtedly tourism.


Tourism had become, from just a tool for enjoyment and ludic preoccupation, a major part of human life.

 


Tourism is today an intricate part of our life, the need to share experiences, to search for unknown territories, to go further and further.

 


Tourism is inscribed in our fiber and it defines us, it make us human.


Tourism is now a major economic factor that helps countries to be developed and enrich themselves in more than just the economic point of view.

 


Countries and people’s are rediscovering themselves by tourism.

 


Cultures are resurrected, history is brought to life and people are enjoying new opportunities via tourism development.


An ambassador was considered, a few centuries ago, as a tourist entrusted with gathering knowledge and information’s about distant lands and in offering the image of his country to other people. 


Today, in XXI century, all tourists are diplomats, building bridges of information, understanding and cooperation by simple experience of travel. 




 Presiding over WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015: (from left to right): European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor dr. Anton Caragea, Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia-Amin Abdulkadir.


 

In this new world, where tourism is economy, is diplomacy and is shaping people’s and nations destiny, there is no more important moment as the moment when world tourism is choosing his World Best Tourist Destination.


In some years our choice is driven by consumerist arguments, and this is normal as tourism is after all a major economic factor, but some time our decision must lead the way for tourists to discover and rediscover new lands and new cultures and must be a signal of re-emphasizing the need to put history, patrimony, cultural legacy at the fore of our decision.

 



 

European Council on Tourism President looking over the ancient city of Axum. 


We must never forget the fact that: the main duty of tourism is to enrich the soul and capture the imagination of traveler.

 

This is the rationale, the driving force, underlined by our decision to hail Ethiopia as the World Best Tourist Destination for 2015.

 


Tourists that will select, in this year and in the years to come, Ethiopia as their pristine destination, will have the chance of immersing themselves in the land from where humanity once sprinkled. 


Here is where our grandmother to all, started her journey, almost 4 million years ago. 


Her name was Lucy-Dinkenesh -she is wonderful (in translation)- as is the tender Ethiopian name .


Here, in Ethiopia, tourists can reconnect with God, as both the Kingdom of Axum and his later hair-Lalibela made a point of honor in creating the Christianity cradle of Africa.

Here you can see God powerful deeds by the presence and ingenuity of Ethiopian people as in the stoned carved churches of Lalibela.

 


The legend goes that the angels themselves help the people build them and tourist with see that these angels still have a name and a face, in the faces of people of Ethiopia.


 

European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea is presenting the allocution: ETHIOPIA-THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD!-World Best Tourist Destination for 2015. 


The legacy of Muslim creeds can also be found in the Sheik Hussein Religious, Cultural and Historical Site and many others holy sites in Harar.

 

All this is making Ethiopia the ideal destination for people’s searching their connection with God, in quest for their peace of mind and soul or maybe just the beauty of religious artifacts.

 



 

Dr. Anton Caragea ECTT President addressing the peoples of Lalibela-The center of african christianity.

 

Should I just recall that: this is the unique place where you can go in search of the Arch of the Covenant, as a modern Indiana Jones or just as a traveler searching for spiritual adventures?

 

Because thus is Ethiopia today: a spiritual adventure, a discovery trip that must not be overlooked and that is richly deserving the appellative of World Best Tourist Destination.

 


I will not linger too much on detailed description of all the UNESCO heritage sites existing in Ethiopia or on the long list of region and cities awaiting their inscription on world heritage list. 


I will just emphasize how rare is a country offering such a diversity of cultural, historical and natural beauties as Ethiopia.

 


Here in Ethiopia you can find the cradle of humanity, cradle of religions, cradle of culture and why not? Cradle of agriculture.

 



 

European delegation has a lay-over in a traditional harari house (Gay Ger).


 

We must not forget that thirty-six of world crops are originating from Ethiopia as their starting point in our food.


Let just imagine a world without coffee. I know is difficult, but without Ethiopia the long way of coffee would have not existed.

 


Ethiopia is not a distant place, you can discover it in any cup of cafe, in any taste of wheat or barley, they all must whisper to you: come to Ethiopia, come to where humanity started, come home !

 


Yes, in our decision to crown the jewel of Africa-Ethiopia as World Best Tourist Destination we did not forget for a moment that we are not encouraging people to go in a far or distant place.

 


No! We are just telling them to come home, to rediscover their roots, their house-Ethiopia.

 


We must also mark down Ethiopia as an example for tourism revenues distribution and to encourage tourist, travelers or just prospective tourists to invest in local artisans creations.

 


Tourism revenues are helping communities to develop, are helping people restarting their lives, protecting cultural landscape and historical legacy.

 


Coming as a tourist in Ethiopia is not just a self rewarding adventure, but is also an opportunity to make a responsible tourism, a fair trade tourism, supporting local communities and poor rural areas.

 


It is a perfect example of social tourism, that we must command and support and specially promote.

 


We are hailing Ethiopia also a Favorite Cultural Destination for 2015 and with good measure also, as we just inscribed as intangible cultural and tourism patrimony heritage the Ethiopian coffee ceremony and shimgalina-the specific Ethiopian concept of learning and amicability.

 


The coffee ceremony is not only celebrating the first coffee planted and presented to the world by Ethiopian people, but is also a ceremony destined to showcase the hospitality, the traditions, the desire to offer the best to travelers and passerby alike.

 


In this ceremony, we can observe the people character and way of treating with dignity and care their guests.

 


I must also remark another component of intangible cultural and tourism patrimony heritage of Ethiopia- the concept of shimgalina, offering another mark of inter-community dialogue and acceptance, of tolerance and friendship, that explains in full how Ethiopia can unite people’s, can give them the sense of historical unity and bind them together in love.

 


This concept is also a fundament of Ethiopian history and development, a secret to ingratiate in a polite and correct manner, that makes tourist feel at home in this wonderful country.

 


As Ethiopia is in itself a succinct compendium of humanity history and traditions, I could go one for hours, underlining the many reasons why crowning Ethiopia today as World Best Tourist Destination it is just a normal act of recognition.

 


The recognition of a country so rich in culture and promises for tomorrow, a nation that it becomes the embodiment of the tourism for the future, of the tourism for knowledge and experiences, of tourism that is leaving us richer in conscience and soul.

 


The story of Ethiopia continues and is writing today a new and remarkable page: the page of tourism and cultural success, the page of Ethiopia as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015.

 



 

Dinner honoring WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015: (from left to right): Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, European Council on Tourism and Trade President-Professor dr. Anton Caragea, Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia-Amin Abdulkadir.

 


Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister and European academician-Hailemariam Desalegn,

 


It is my great honor and privilege to hand over this title as an international recognition for all the people of Ethiopia, all united in the service of protecting and preserving historical and civilization patrimony of your country, in fostering tourism and culture, in the service of the people of ETHIOPIA.


 

As I often say and hope, that this title must be regarded as a challenge, as from now on we are expecting your country and people exertions in the benefit of the world culture and tourism.

 


I hope that: this lofty rostrum will be transformed in a support for developing the international recognition of FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA, for a social oriented tourism and development and in a base for further success for THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD himself – ETHIOPIA.

 


It is my privilege to handover to Your Excellency, as the most representative leader of people and tourism of FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA the award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015.

PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED AS THE MOST RECENT MEMBER OF EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 31, 2015 at 4:20 AM

On 10th July 2015, in an official ceremony, Academician Mircea Constantinescu-Director of European Tourism Academy, had presented H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn with the insignia of honor and the certificate of honorary member of the academy.


In recognition of his contribution to the development of Ethiopian tourism, we are proud to hand over The Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Hailemariam, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to recognize him as the newest academician member of the European Tourism Academy. this is the way in which Academician Mircea Constantinescu announced the acceptance of the newest meber of European Academy.




 

 

 

H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia-Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn presented with the insignia of honor and the certificate of honorary member of the academy.


 

The decision was taken on 25 June 2015 by the Academic Board of European Council on Tourism and Trade and announced in an official letter as a result of: Government of Ethiopia recognizing the importance of tourism as a key facilitator for the country development and international promotion, creating exemplary structures like Tourism Transformation Council, investing in infrastructure and capacity building, creating a special team under Your Excellency leadership for destination promotion and management and protecting the cultural, natural and historical patrimony of the country.


The full text of the admission in an academic institution is called laudation (from latin word-presentation) and we have the pleasure of presenting you with the text of laudation by Academician Mircea Constantinescu for H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn-Prime Minister of F.D.R of Ethiopia.

 


Mr. Prime Minister,

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

We are here to award to H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia the title of Honorary Member of European Tourism Academy.

 


Analyzing the curriculum vitae along with the activity of the Prime Minister Hailemariam we discover a complex person, a man of many talents, entirely dedicated to the development of his country, to the well being of the people of Ethiopia, dedicated to building a favorable image of Ethiopia in the midst of the international community.

 


His bachelor's degree in civil engineering, from Addis Ababa University, was fundamental for building a solid scientific education, giving him access to a high level knowledge and expertise.


The master degree, with Tampere University of Technology in Finland, gave him an European and international perspective upon the transfer of knowledge, expertise and technology.

Upon his return to Ethiopia, he served in different academic and administrative  capacities, including the dean of the Water Technology Institute, for 13 years.


 

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn loves his country and the people of Ethiopia. He learned how important the water resources are for a country, how important the expert management of such a vital resource is for the well being and the successful development of Ethiopia.


But for him it was not enough. He wanted more…He wanted to acquire knowledge of scientific management of the country, of its human resources and natural resources as well.


And he acquired all this, earning a MA in Organizational Leadership in California, from the best…

 

 

 



Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Minister of Culture and Tourism-Amin Abdulkadir,President Dr. Anton Caragea and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei proudly presents ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION logo

 

 


We will not analyze here the political activity of H.E., but taking actively part in the political life of his country, it gave him the opportunity to work with people of Ethiopia, to be in the middle of Ethiopia’s people, to efficiently communicate, and being able to implement at the high level management of the country activities, reflecting the reality of Ethiopia and the wishes of Ethiopian people.


 

His activity as Minister of Foreign Affairs was indeed a success. As a diplomat he presented to the world the image of a peaceful country, of many resources and beauties, with people that praise hospitality, open in a friendly manner to the international community.


 

There is no wonder that with all these credentials His Execellency was able to excellently perform as Prime Minister, running an activity at the top level, for the benefit of Ethiopia and Ethiopian people.


In the country’s general framework, tourism is a complex activity, and His Execellency understood that tourism is not only for tourists to enjoy the natural beauties and the cultural heritage of Ethiopia. Tourism is for also the people of Ethiopia, is for the development of the local communities, so that everyone will be able to enjoy all that a beautiful and resourceful country may offer.


 

As a final remark, His Execellency is working for many years at the highest level of the African Union, was able to have a general overview, as well as a personal contribution, to the most important African institution, bringing together people and countries, managing the trend for ever growing development and international recognition of the African continent.


 

 

In recognition of his contribution to the development of Ethiopian tourism, we are proud to hand over The Medal Of Honor to his Excellency Hailemariam, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to recognize him as the newest academician member of the European Tourism Academy.

ETHIOPIA IS ELECTED AS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 4, 2015 at 2:40 PM

On June 25, 2015 the General Assembly of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT), has taken under consideration the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2015.


Academician Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy presented the list of candidates and the list of reports and accompanying reports for each of the 31 countries registered candidatures.



28 countries representatives analyzed the candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 


Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu presented also the figures regarding previous award winner for 2014-The Republic of Zimbabwe who become the most sought after destination and the number one country in Africa, in term of tourism growth for last year.


Lao PDR- 2013 winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION- also crossed the 3 million tourist bench mark, surpassing all the countries in the region in terms of tourism, concluded Academician Mircea Constantinescu.


Afterword, the debate on the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 started at the indication of ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


On the front the voting urne while Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, ETA present the report: ETHIOPIA: THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD! 


On the debate for the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2015, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) presented a report titled: ETHIOPIA : THE PERFECT CULTURAL DESTINATION; THE LAND CHOSEN BY GOD !


He proposed ETHIOPIA as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 and as receiver of the FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION distinction for 2015.


The report noted the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 PRIZE to ETHIOPIA:


• The excellent preservation of humanity landmarks such as: ruins of the city of Aksum- the heart of ancient Ethiopia, Fasil Ghebbi- the residence of the Ethiopian emperors during the 16th and 17th century, Harar Jugol- 82 mosques, 102 shrines, and unique interior design in the townhouses, Lalibela- holy site encompassing eleven medieval stone carved churches from the 13th century, Konso Cultural Landscape (containing 55 kilometers of stonewalled terraces and fortified settlements), Lower Valley of the Awash-where humanity made his first steps and where was found the Eva of all mankind-Lucy fossil’s, Lower Valley of the Omo also containing fragments pertaining to early humanity development and the fossils of Homo Gracilis.


All this sites where recognized as being of world significance and registered as UNESCO World heritage monuments.


Palestine, Russian and Malaysian Ambassadors flanking President Anton Caragea and Senator Florin Constantinescu


• The rich cultural and historical legacy of Ethiopia is not confined to the previous presented list: new prominent landmarks are added such as: Sheik Hussein Religious, Cultural and Historical Site, Melka Kunture- Paleolithic site in the upper Awash Valley, Gedeo Cultural and Natural Landscape, Bale Mountains National Park, Sof Omar Cave- the longest cave in Ethiopia at 15.1 kilometres long; and the longest system of caves in Africa-sacred for Islam and for local Oromo population.


In order to fully grasp the natural potential of Ethiopia natural parks and natural reservations we must look at the potential of Simien National Park garnering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and sharp precipices dropping about 1,500 m.

 


• The ambitious plan drafted by the Government of Ethiopia under the name of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Tourism as a tool for poverty eradication, for local community development and for economic independence is a successful strategy carved by H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.


Community based, social oriented tourism, promoted by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, is a perfect way of sharing revenue, growing income and supporting marginal and rural communities development.


The way in which social-tourism has become the base for local economic development, providing benefits to communities, makes social-friendly tourism, the lesson that today-the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA is offering to the world.

• Giving tourists access to outstanding and pristine nature and the opportunity to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation, and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places.


All these regions and national parks, are a model of achieving ecological and green tourism that must be recognized throughout the world.


• The ongoing development and protection of cultural, religious and historical shrines of the Republic of ETHIOPIA , the transformation of Lalibela into a historical and spiritual centre, offering to the visitors a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of ETHIOPIA.


Shaking and smiles on the venue of European Council on Tourism and Trade: tourism is going well is the motto!


Lalibela is the land of faith and miracles that must be presented to the world as a center of religious and faith significance equal to Jerusalem only in the world.


Lalibela must be the center of religious pilgrimage and cultural tourism offering to world tourists the complex healing experience of cultural legacy, religious special atmosphere and faith imbued air.


• The preservation of outstanding historical and cultural heritage in the form of the former capital of the Kingdom of Ethiopia, the Gondar cultural complex , an ample palatial complex from the 13th Century, offering a pungent presence of one of the African greatest empire.


• Today, Gondar castle complex offers tourists bound for Ethiopia an open air museum with a rare collection of historical and archaeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.


• The REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA is also a perfect center for safari and adventure tourism, offering large areas suitable for this special kind of tourism, and the necessary infrastructure to welcome the adventure seeker, its safety and peace, makes the country, one of the world’s top adventure destinations.


• Keeping alive community blending traditions, allows tourists and visitors to be part of the ETHIOPIA unique people’s ethnic fabric, which offers the possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that make the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA a perfect cultural class destination.


Mr. Mihai Prundianu, Chairman of the Trade Mission of the ECTT, marked the necessity that, out of the regular order, to have another African country declared as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION in sign of continuity for last year and as appreciation mark for President Robert Gabriel Mugabe , the current President of African Union and Zimbabwe Tourism Minister-Walter Mzembi.


This year we have to select another African country to mark Europe and world solidarity with Africa and Africa`s Union President Robert Mugabe.


It is appropriate for Europe to express its commitment to, and appreciation for, Africa by crowning ETHIOPIA as THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION AND WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 stated Chairman Mihai Prundianu.


Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director of European Parliamentary Committee in the European Council on Tourism and Trade and Senator of Romanian Parliament stated the opinion of all present at ECTT conference and declared that the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA is the deserving candidate, with a perfect record of promoting social-friendly tourism, ecological and poverty reduction strategy based on tourism, and asking for a unanimous vote in favor of the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA.



President Dr. Anton Caragea  declared REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015  


President Dr. Anton Caragea asked for a vote and European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 TITLE TO REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA and to declare REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA- THE FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2015.


The meeting was also presented with the Official Invitation, from the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA via the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr. Amin Abdulkadir, for a delegation of high ranking officials of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Addis Ababa, in person, to His Excellency Prime Minister of REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA- HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, European Academician and outstanding personality in world tourism, today.


Concluding the debate, Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade marked the importance of the moment the most impressive world tourism prize was entrusted to ETHIOPIA.


The safety of the country and the huge hospitality potential of Ethiopia is revealed by the acceptance of the invitation for a familiarization visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade to the ETHIOPIA.


Ethiopia is from today a perfect, safe and outstanding place to visit, the countries gates are opened and all world tourism experts expressed their confidence in the potential and future of tourism in ETHIOPIA, concluded Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade.


PRESIDENT OFFICE OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND

TRADE (ECTT)

 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE CONGRATULATES ETHIOPIAN LEADERSHIP FOR PROMOTING CULTURAL TOURISM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on July 4, 2015 at 2:25 PM

The Office of the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade announced that H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn has being consecrated as a WORLD LEADER OF TOURISM and as a member of European Tourism Academy for his “recognition of the role and significance of tourism on world stage”.


Here is the integral message addressed by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-ECTT President and Academician Mircea Constantinescu in congratulation for Ethiopia`s tourism achievments. 

 



H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-ECTT President presenting WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 designation for ETHIOPIA. 


We have the pleasure of informing you that: in unanimity, the Academic Board of the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has elected you as a honorary member of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, in your capacity as a WORLD LEADER OF TOURISM for your recognition of the role and significance of tourism on world stage.


 

In XXI century Tourism had become more than an industry, more than an integral part of the life of billions of people, tourism had become an intricate part of the countries international image, had become a part of diplomatic life and a public opinion key factor.

 


Tourism, Travel, Trade and Investments are interconnected and are uniting today`s countries, not only in a globalized world and unified market, but are making every person in the world to have two countries: the one of his birth and the one of his choose.

 


The world recognizes that Trade, Travel and Tourism are part of the international life and each and every one of our citizens became a world ambassador and a central actor on world stage.

 


No country, interested in development, international recognition, economic growth and a prosperous life for his citizens, can remove herself from the international tourism and trade arena.

 


Trade and Tourism are the key pillars for countries and billions of people, worldwide, in their efforts to achieve fully their live potential. 




General Assembly of European Council on Tourism and Trade selects ETHIOPIA as winner of FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION and World Best Tourist Destination in 2015.

 

 


EuropeanCouncil on Tourism and Trade, as a driving force in the international promotion of tourism as a tool for development and international cooperation, is selecting the world leaders to become a part of his structure and to raise a unified voice and position on the global tourism agenda.


 

Today, the Government of Ethiopia is recognizing the importance of tourism as a key facilitator for the country development and international promotion, creating exemplary structures like Tourism Transformation Council, investing in infrastructure and capacity building, creating a special team under Your Excellency leadership for destination promotion and management and protecting the cultural, natural and historical patrimony of the country.

 


The world leaders that are offering such a special attention to historical patrimony of their country and use it, and preserve it for the benefit of the future generation, who grasp the importance of tourism as the most important part of diplomacy, international relations and raising national profile on world arena, must be supported and commanded and offered as a general example.

 


Your Excellency stated that your “aims are to build on Ethiopia’s natural, historical and cultural resources to strengthen the tourism sector, identify pressing value-chain gaps and intervening to allay these gaps based on tangible and scientific studies jointly with the private sector and the international tourism community.

 


Together, we will work hand in hand to make tourism one of the leading economic sectors of our country and Ethiopia a top destination in Africa”

 


This statement and practical measures put in place, made your country succeeding in the 2015- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD competition and be accepted as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for your rich past and cultural prowess.

 


This is a momentous achievement for ETHIOPIA that is due to your exertions. 




H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn has being consecrated as a WORLD LEADER OF TOURISM and as a member of European Tourism Academy.

 

 


Your Excellency,

 

In your new capacity, as the representative of ETHIOPIA on world tourism and on international cultural stage, we hope that the World will benefit now from your public exertions and support in creating a new world community based on peace, development and tourism as the pillars of international cooperation. 


Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA

 

Academician Mircea Constantinescu PhD, Phil Dr.


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PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA SIGNS THE CONVOCATION ADDRESS FOR 2015 EUROPEAN TOURISM ASSEMBLY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on June 16, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Increased regional cooperation, visa facilitation and the better promotion of European tourism are some of the topics, in focus, at the 8th Meeting of the European Tourism organization-European Council on Tourism and Trade, to be held in Bucharest, Romania, 25-26 June 2015.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea publicly signs the convocation address for 2015 General Reunion of European Council on Tourism and Trade


 

Europe is the world’s most visited region and is the main source of outbound tourism to other destination, accounting for more than half of the world’s international travelers.

 


In 2014, international tourism in Europe had registered a major contribution to the economic recovery in the region: international tourist arrivals grew by 3% to reach a record 584 million, while international tourism receipts increased by 4% contributing US$ 509 billion (383 billion euro) to the European economies.

 


The 8th Meeting of the European Council on Tourism and Trade will be held at the Romanian Parliament and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade will play host to representatives from 30 European countries and other tourism stakeholders in the region to discuss policy priorities and set the agenda for ECTT in the world in 2015-2016.

 


A special attention will be paid to one of the fastest-growing segments of the global tourism industry, mega events like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and World Capital of Culture and Tourism.


 

This paraphernalia designation can play a key role in the development of tourism destinations, helping to improve their image, opening new tourism markets, diversifying the product offer, encouraging and fostering job creation and socio-economic development.

 



ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea welcoming his guets on 2014 General Meeting of European Council on Tourism and Trade


 

The European leaders in charge of tourism and the international experts will discuss about issues related to WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION status:


 

How to optimize the economic and social impacts of mega tourism events (like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and World Capital of Culture and Tourism) on tourism destinations?

 


Legacy of mega tourism events- like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION: How to best develop destination brands and effective marketing strategies?

 


Strategic partnerships for the effective planning and development of like WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION-mega events.

 


The main priorities for European tourism identified by the European national tourism organizations include the development of cultural destinations and carving transnational products, in order to enhance regional cooperation declared European Tourism President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

29 COUNTRIES REGISTERED CANDIDATURES FOR WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015 AND 14 CITIES ARE CONTENDERS FOR WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM TITLE

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 22, 2015 at 6:35 AM

WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD had become a center of international tourism recognition in the last span of time.


After obtaining the highest world tourism accolade in 2012, the nation island of Trinidad and Tobago becomes the only Caribbean nation that registered tourism increase in the region.

In 2013 People Democratic Republic of Laos registered a plus of over 1,5 million tourists in the first year and a 7% increase in GDP, due to mounting tourism revenues and Zimbabwe: the 2014 winner rose from zero to hero, in tourism statistics after snatching the world best tourism destination designation.




Band of mariachi interpreting Latin American songs for World Best Tourist Destination for 2015



This string of tourism success stories made 29 countries to start registering their candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in 2015 more early than ever.


Already countries from Central and South America had put forward their touristic potential with a mind blowing extravaganza at Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest where eight Latin American and Caribbean countries outlined their touristic, artistic and cultural potential for European Council on Tourism and Trade election committee.



Algerian Ambassador presenting here country candidature for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015.

 

ECTT President Anton Caragea highly praised their demonstration as a perfect display of Latin American cultural and touristic prowess that will be seriously regarded by the prize committee.


African countries fallow rapidly with: Nigeria, Congo DRC and Algeria taking the leading role in outlining their candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION in 2015.



Palestine and Bethlehem candidatures for 2015 Tourism Awards presented. 


Middle Eastern countries have outlined also their fantastic touristic and cultural potential with: Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan in the vanguard of outlining their powerful cultural asset and explaining their security measures put in place to make tourism feel safe and secure and enjoy a well deserve vacation on sandy beaches of Sharm El Sheik or Alexandria of Egypt, discovering ancient cities of Petra and Jerash in Jordan or the Cappadocia coast in Turkey.


Egypt hopeful for his World Tourism Awards candidatures 


The Central Asian countries tourism potential is expecting to be discovered by the Kazakhstan candidature that is bringing the potential of Caspian Sea, the beauty of Astana-the XXI century capital of the country and the impressive historical legacy of Turkestan-candidate city to WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2015.


Kingodm of Jordan has high hopes in being elected as World Best Tourism Destination in 2015.


In total an initial number of 29 country early bird registered their candidatures, appreciated Mrs. Teodora Nicolae-press officer ECTT and we are expecting that by the end of January 2015, when we will close the registration process we will have even more candidatures.

 

Many contenders for the title opted to register their capitals or other landmark cities or regions for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2015, noted Mrs. Ioana Rosu, responsible for collecting the candidatures for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2015 cities, which is a first.




In total 14 cities and region`s from across the globe, aspire for the world famous designation.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had stated that: the evaluation process is already started and it is an ongoing research and decision activity.


We will have also countries that will be approach by us, to take part in the selection process, in order to obtain a balanced geographical distribution of the winners of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and we will consider as always where we can have the biggest impact in promoting a new destination like in Trinidad, in promoting rural and social tourism, like in Lao PDR or rebranding a country and reasserting it in the world tourism field like in Zimbabwe case.


We hope that we will have the same global impact and weight in promoting new emerging destination`s and in asserting cultural tourism role and importance. Culture and social benefits of tourism are encapsulated in our attention, concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea his evaluation of 2015 candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.


Let`s wish good luck to all the contenders!

 

MEMORABLE SILK ROAD TRAVEL EXPERIENCES FOR EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE EXECUTIVES TEAM

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on May 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM


Warm welcoming for European Tourism Organization-European Council on Tourism and Trade at Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Monument-Turkestan


In a press statment for Kazakhstan national television-Khabar, in the concluding moments of the SILK ROAD TOUR, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea - European Council on Tourism and Trade leader stated that: European and Kazakhstan, shoulder to shoulder in tourism promotion, can develop and give a world resonance to the Silk Road Program for XXI Century, was the opinion of -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


Silk Road has always being the destination of choice for luxury and culture oriented tourists and a fabulous journey thru time and spaces.


 

Between 20 to 29 April 2015 a European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) high level mission has toured Kazakhstan, in order to help transforming the heart of Central Asia, as Kazakhstan is better known, in the new Frontier of Silk Road experiences.

 



ECTT President Anton Caragea recieves the SHYMKENT STAR from Akim of Shymkent-Darkhan Satybaldy


 

European Council on Tourism and Trade is the promoter of Silk Road concept in Europe and the world, with an accent on presenting the historical and tourist potential of Silk Road nations of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.


 

The ECTT President and his tourism and diplomatic delegation had start the Silk Road discovery tour in Almaty, the city of apples as is world renowned, the candidate city for World Winter Olympics in 2022.


 

The delegation had being presented by the Governor of the region (Akim) with an overview of the city developments plans and touristic opportunities.

 

A rich cultural program was carved for European delegation benefit with sightseeing including: State Museum of History, Almaty Art Gallery, city landmarks and a tour of winter sports facilities of Medeu and Shymbulak.

 



 

The local and international mass media has covered every step of ECTT tour oon Silk Road


 

In an interview with Khabar Television, President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea praised Almaty development as the perfect gate for tourists wanting to enjoy the rich culture of Kazakhstan and to basket on perfect tourism facilities offered by city hotels.


 

The tour continued into the province of Chimkent (Shymkent), where the delegation visited the historical landmarks, holds constructive dialogues with provincial governors and inspected tourist facilities of the area.



 

European Council on Tourism and Trade is visiting the splendors of Kazakhstan (from left to right): Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Monument ( from XIV century) in Turkestan



ECTT familiarization trip to Aisha Bibi monument-Aisha Bibi Monument ( from XIII century) in Taraz



 

 Cathedral of Our Saviour in Almaty (XIX century)visited by European President

 

 


The highlight of the visit was the on-site discovery tour of incredible city of Turkistan (24-26 April) with the world famous Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum, Friday Mosque, Otrar ancient city archeological site, the splendid Aristan Bab Mosque, and participation in a special ceremony honoring one of Kazakhstan spiritual fathers (Aristan Bab) and Baba Ragham Mosque.

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea highly praised in a Television interview Turkistan incredible mixture of culture, tradition, historical patrimony and perfect tourism potential.

 



Aristan Bab monument from XIV century, an architectural landmark and religious lynchpin in Kazakhstan

 

 


Turkistan is incredible, is vast and rich in everything that a cultural program can offer to you and is well preserved.


 

The tourists should flock to this place, as this is the main stop over on Silk Road and Turkistan monuments had served as templates for all later Silk Road construction.

 


One cannot say: I visited Silk Road, without spending quality time in Turkistan, concluded President Caragea.

 



European Council on Tourism and Trade President on the Silk Road-Taraz

 


 

The European tourism body-ECTT tour experience concluded in Almaty, with a press conference, highlighting the importance of European-Kazakhstan tourism cooperation and opportunities for Kazakhstan to join European Council on Tourism and Trade.



 

European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation at the gates of Turkestan

 


Kazakhstan had embarked in a huge promotion campaign on world tourism stage, in preparation of World Expo 2017 to be held in Astana, and Silk Road program developed with European Council on Tourism and Trade can be extremely beneficial for the country tourist potential, suggested the European Tourism Academy Director-Mircea Constantinescu.


 

This is even more relevant, as European Council on Tourism and Trade support was instrumental in Astana successful bid for World Expo 2017 and today this cooperation is continuing and enriching in perspective.

 


European and Kazakhstan, shoulder to shoulder in tourism promotion, can develop and give a world resonance to the Silk Road Program for XXI Century, was the opinion of European Council on Tourism and Trade leader-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

ECTT PRESIDENT SILK ROAD TOUR OPENS IN ALMATY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 21, 2015 at 4:55 AM

European Council on Tourism and Trade high level delegation opens his visit on SILK ROAD with a three -day stop over in Almaty, on Monday April 20, 2015, to observe the potential role of the city as the starting point of SILK ROAD touring program.

 

It is worth mentioning that Almaty is also a strong candidate for World Winter Olympics of 2022. 



Almaty-the starting point of ECTT Silk Road visit in Kazakhstan

 

The visit is part of a larger tour to assess the region role in international tourism and the chances to revive a Silk Road of tourism in XXI century with the support of European Council on Tourism and Trade prowess. 

Almaty, known as the gate to the ancient Silk Road and crossroad between Europe and Asia, is competing against Beijing in a race that was reduced to two candidates after the withdrawal of four bidders because of financial and political concerns.

 



Tien Shan mountain ridge towering over Almaty-the perfect winter sports place

 


The 5-member ECTT promotion commission, chaired by ECTT President Anton Caragea, will visit the proposed sports venues and meet with Kazakhstan government leaders to discuss their plans and promotion strategies in case of wining the bid. 

 

European Council on Tourism and Trade has a long track record of promoting international candidature on a world level. 


During last year`s European Council on Tourism and Trade has successfully supported Dubai as candidate city for World Expo 2020,Astana as host of World Expo 2017, both, candidatures crowned with clear successes.

 


We have to asses the growing demand for winter sport infrastructure in the region, but also the significance and relevance for the host city and region, and country of hosting winter games and sporting events, President Dr. Anton Caragea said.

 


Kazakhstan hosted the 2011 Asian Games, and will stage the Winter University Games in 2017 and also the World Expo in Astana. 


Almaty must be marketed as a clean, open, friendly city, with sophisticated touristic and sport infrastructure, with incredible landscape and powerful history, offering true winter conditions and plenty of real – not man-made – snow. 


Almaty city is presenting the most compact bid in three decades, with all venues within a 30-kilometer (18-mile) radius of the Olympic Village. 


Almaty has a projected a budget of $1.859 billion and an adjacent infrastructure budget of $1.636 billion. 


It will be a pleasure for us to measure the developments of Almaty, a city that is capital for the region future and development, that is marked as the open gate towards Silk Road and that have a pivotal role for tourism in Central Asia, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-ECTT President

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE STARTS SILK ROAD EVALUATION TOUR

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 21, 2015 at 4:50 AM

SILK ROAD project is getting a major supporter in the presence of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his delegation in a tour around the ancient road of civilization and trade.

 

The discovery tour and familiarization trip by European Council on Tourism and Trade high level delegation will concentrate on the SILK ROAD in XXI century on the territory of Kazakhstan.



The European Council on Tourism and Trade visit will start on Almaty-the father of apples city


 

The familiarization trip of European Council on Tourism and Trade will start on the Mountain of Tien Shian slopes where Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan is bidding for hosting the Olympics Games.

 

Almaty can become the starting point of a shorter version of Silk Road offering a venue for visiting Taraz, a cultural center connected with Central Asian folklore and the legend of Aisha Bibi and perfect equipped center for visits to the natural reserves of the area: Zhungar gates, Taskarkum, Ili delta, Balkhash, lltyn Emel National Park, Koksu Valley and Khan Tengri. 



Kazakhstan has constructed a perfect infrastructure for tourists to exploit the Silk Road in comfort.

 


Another stopover for European Council on Tourism and Trade will be the modern city of Chimkent, that can offer to tourist the modern facilities and help them to discover the magic lands of Otrar, Sayram 9the 11 century center of Nestorians faith and the mausoleum and mosque of Aristan Bab. 



Aristan Bab Mousoleum- a must see in Silk Road 


The delegation will be hosted for two days in the center of culture and art of Silk Road: Turkistan, home of majestic monuments like Hogea Ahmed Yasawi listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site and Friday Mosque on Kul Tobe hill and the perfect art monument of Rabiga Sultan Begim mausoleum.

 


Kyzylorda a city of history and leissure: beaches on the river banks 


The familiarization trip will continue towards Sauran-the former capital of White Horde and will be finalized on the ancient wall city of Kyzylorda, on the legendary banks of Syr Daria River.

 

The ten days familiarization trip of European Council on Tourism and Trade will be the main event in promoting the Silk Road program in 2015 and in offering limelight to the region and the necessary imagistic support for the development of tourism in South Kazakhstan.

ONE MILLION TOURIST`S ATTRACTED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE TO TURKMENISTAN RIVIERA

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on April 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Amongst Central Asian nations Turkmenistan is making headway with Ashgabad becoming the first ever city recognized as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov named as Academician of European Tourism Academy and recognized as a World Leader in Tourism (2011).

 


With European Council on Tourism and Trade support and promotion Turkmenistan registered more than 1 million tourist`s per year.

 



ECTT President and Minister of Economy of Turkmenistan are holding regular consultation. 


Turkmenistan is also receiving on yearly basis since 2010 an European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation for a familiarization trip.

 


 ECTT President-Dr. Anton Caragea is surrounded by the Turkmenistan National Orchestra  


The tourism and cultural relations between Europe and Turkmenistan had entered into a new phase with the presence of the 5th European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) delegation in Turkmenistan.

 

The delegation toured Turkmenistan touristic facilities and hot spots in the framework of the annual ECTT visit during 6 to 12 April 2015.

 


Under the leadership of H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, the European tourism delegation had marked the continuous development of the tourism cooperation between Europe and Turkmenistan. 



 

ECTT delegation tours Konya-Urgench- a world cultural tourism site 


During the latest five cultural delegation` s European Council on Tourism and Trade has contributed with ideas and information’s to important tourism, cultural and academic events held in Turkmenistan under the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov supervision such as: Oguznama International Conference , Ethnography Congress of Turkmenistan , International Congress of the 15 Anniversary of Turkmenistan Neutrality , Turkmenistan in the Epoch of New Revival and finally the International Congress dedicated to life and work of world renamed Turkmen poet: Nurmuhammet Andalip.


 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visited the world heritage UNESCO site of Kunya-Urgench where they participated at the festivity dedicated to the great Turkmen poet Nurmuhammet Andalip works and visited the world renowned monuments of Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Ahmad and famous Sufi philosopher Nedjmedin Kubra.

 


 


President Anton Caragea received by the President of Parliament of Turkmenistan

  

The European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation was received by Turkmen Parliament Presidency and hold talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of Turkmenistan.

 

The parties had agreed on intensifying the bilateral relation, the tourism relation`s between Turkmenistan and European Council on Tourism and Trade being considered as excellent and was emphasized the need to foster economical cooperation dimension on bilateral relations.

 


During the dialogue with Turkmen authorities H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade was presented with the framework of State Committee for Tourism of Turkmenistan, who was established in 2012 and to the significance of the Committee for the Awaza National Tourist Zone.

 


 


Awaza tourist facilities created with European vision and Turkmenistan desire to become a touristic hot spot 


During next year (2016) visit to Turkmenistan H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade promised that the familiarization trip will concentrate on Awaza tourist potential and will direct an awareness campaign for this region.

 

Turkmenistan Minister of Foreign Affairs who hosted the European Council on Tourism and Trade familiarization trip to country express his appreciation for the long term support and commitment offered by European Council on Tourism and Trade for tourism activities in Turkmenistan and for promoting the high standing of the country in the world and for promoting Turkmenistan as a safe and cultural first class destination in the world.

2015 IS THE YEAR OF SPARKLING WINE SAY`S WINE EXPERT`S AT INTERNATIONAL WINE AND TOURISM FAIR

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on March 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM

During two days (20-22 March 2015), European Council on Tourism and Trade had become the capital center of sparkling wine makers and sparkling wine lovers in search of the best sparkling wines that Europe and the world can offer.


 

Good Wine March 2015 edition, had offered for a delegation of wine experts, parliamentarians and diplomats from European Council on Tourism and Trade the opportunity to taste and appreciate the European sparkling wines on display and to carve up a top of Best European Sparkling Wines of 2015.

 




At house at…HOUSE OF PANCIU (from left to right): H.E. Kazakhstan Ambssador-Daulet Batrashev, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-ECTT President, Mr. Marian Nistor-HORECA Developer and Marketing Solution-House of Panciu, European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Mrs. Emilia Oprea-European Mediation Council, Mr. Karen Baboian-General Director Diplomatic Club Magazine.

 


The clear winners where the sparkling wines of the famous producer HOUSE OF PANCIU (CASA PANCIU), who reconfirmed his status as perfect wine maker in the sparkling wine tasting of 2015: the MUSCAT OTTONEL was once again appraised for his perfect bouquet of aromas of vanilla and berry fruits and for freshness and the round savory taste. All this specificity is creating for the every person who taste the sparkling wine, the perfect experience of European wine.


 

The second star of the tasting session was the sparkling wine from Muscat Ottonel and Royal Girl(Feteasca Regala) obtained by Asti method that eloquently proved his high quality by his perfect sugar concentration combined outstanding with fresh fruits aroma (grapefruit and pommel) and with conquering and long-lasting savour that filled with joy the heart of all the diplomats present on the venue.

 


The HoReCA Developer from CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU)-Mr. Marian Nistor offered a special surprise for his guests, presenting for tasting the latest product of Vrancea based company: Rose Sparkling Wine 2013, based on Babeasca (Old Lady) grape variety, who become an instant favorite of the public based on aroma and freshness, and charmed the eyes of the beholders with the perfect color and become in glasses a glittering rose that offered instant joy to the tasting committee.

 




European Sparkling Wine Top put the sparkling wines of France, known as champagne, only on 4th position.

 


Concluding the wine tasting session, at Good Wine March 2015, the diplomats, lead by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade put on their favorite list the sparkling wines: MUSCAT OTTONEL (first place), on the second place stood the sparkling wine combination of Muscat Ottonel and Royal Girl (Feteasca regala) and finally the new comer in the competition: Babeasca Sparkling Wine (Old Lady) from Casa Panciu (third place).


 

The diplomats involved in the tasting had encouraged the European sparkling wine producers to increase the wine quality by producing more sweet and semi-sweet sparkling wines, the perfect combination that already conquered the European markets for a consistent export and presence of European wines on international markets.

 



CASA PANCIU-BEST EUROPEAN SPARKLING WINE 2015

 


Under the watchful eye of Casa Panciu sommelier and with benevolent care of Mr. Marian Nistor- HoReCA Developer, the diplomats had enjoyed the best sparkling wines Europe can offer: from CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU).


 

Thanks to the efforts of the HOUSE OF PANCIU-CASA PANCIU-the 13 International Wine Fair from March 2015 had kept his promise to present the true sparkling wine treasures of Europe: Muscat Ottonel, Feteasca Regala and Babeasca from Casa Panciu.

EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE IN 2015 IS REPRESENTING EUROPE`S WINE INDUSTRY

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on March 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM

European Council on Tourism and Trade is dedicated to support and promote the European traditions and to popularize the European products and craftsmanship across the world.

 

European wines are a symbol of european long history and tradition and as such an integral part of the mission of European Council on Tourism and Trade promotion activities. 


In order to promote and protect the winemaking legacy of Europe, two times a year, ECTT is organizing an International Wine and Tourism Fair. 


The first of this year events was held beginning with 21 March 2015 at the Romexpo Hall in Bucharest. 


On this occasion, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, accompanied by a delegation of parliamentarians and diplomats had opened the Venue and visited the stand of CASA DE VINURI COTNARI (COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE) the creator of EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE for 2015.

 



President of European Council on Tourism and Trade-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea is presenting the EUROPEAN VIN D`HONNEUR from HOUSE OF WINE-COTNARI

 

 


COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE had presented, on the opening of International Wine Fair GoodWine, a selection of the best wines of 2015: the BUSUIOACA DE BOHOTIN (Bohotin Basilicum)-COLLOQUIUM IN PARIS wine, who conquered the public with his pungent aroma, fine pearled image and the apple and fruity dominated taste a wine nearing perfection and marked with 98 points out of 100 for the flowery flavor.


 

The wine presentation continued with another star of COTNARI-DIPLOMATIC WINE: the Rose Wine from Dominium (Domenii) series of COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE and the Black Girly (Feteasca Neagra) from Dominium, launched in the spring of 2014.

 


Was presented also a wine preferred by European tasters: the special Fat Lady of Cotnari (Grasa de Cotnari) a wine that conquered all hearts by his long-lasting aroma, fine taste and technological mastery.


 

Awarding the WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR 2014 to Mr. George Malutan, oenology expert of HOUSE OF WINE-COTNARI. From left to right: H.E. Mrs. and Mr. Daulet Batrashev-Ambassador of Kazakhstan, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Mr. George Malutan-Cotnari wine expert, H.E. Korean Ambassador-Ri Kwang Il

 

 


The BUSUIOACA DE BOHOTIN (Bohotin Basilicum)-by COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE was undoubtedly the Queen of the festivity.


 

The international recognitions had poured on the BUSUIOACA DE BOHOTIN: noted as the perfect European Wine in December 2014 and voted by the diplomatic committee in December 2014 at Good Wine, as the BEST EUROPEAN WINE in 2015, it catches the eyes of all the visitors and lovers of good wine.

 


THE COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE had presented also the celebrated national wine assortment: Feteasca Neagra in two separate editions.

 


One, under the brand of Domains (Domenii) and a special and unique surprise the presentation of the new FETEASCA NEAGRA of 2014 both united by a perfect mastery of the tannins, a perfect maturity potential that is promising a good evolution in the bottle and will offer full enjoyment to the consumers for many years to come.

 


The guests present on the venue, crowded to taste the Busuiaca de Bohotin-THE BEST EUROPEAN WINE FOR 2015, and awarded by The European Council on Tourism and Trade with the title of European Diplomatic Wine, the European representation wine.

 


Concluding the tour of the COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE-the creator of the EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea ask the honored guest present at the venue: H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan Batrashev Daulet and H.E. Ambassador of Korea-Ri Kwang Il and parliamentarians to be witness at the presentation of the WINEMAKER FOR 2014 title for Mr. George Malutan-the oenology expert of CASA DE VINURI COTNARI (COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE) for his Feteasca Neagra wine creation.

 




 

A happy wine creator- Mr. George Malutan-THE WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: the Feteasca Neagra creation of Cotnari Wineyard was selected by the jury


 

 

Presenting his assessment on the International Wine Fair GoodWine March 2015, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on Tourism and Trade stated that the event has proved the ever-growing level of European wine industry and of Romanian wine producers, perfect represented by the COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE- the creator of European Diplomatic Wine.

EUROPEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION OPENS INTERNATIONAL WINE AND TOURISM CONFERENCE AND FAIR-GOOD WINE-2015

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on March 18, 2015 at 5:45 AM

Under the High Patronage of H.E. European Council on Tourism and Trade President will take place the 8-th INTERNATIONAL WINE AND TOURISM CONFERENCE AND FAIR-GOOD WINE.


The European Council on Tourism and Trade organization team.

From right to left: Victor Deleanu-Cotnari House of Wine, European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-ECTT President, European Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Valentin Nechita-HORECA manager-Cotnari, General Gheorghe Constantin Balaban, Dl.Tudor Stefan-ECTT Hospitality and Beverage Department.


The event will take place in Romania and Romexpo Exhibition Complex between 20 and 22 March 2015.


The lovers of high quality wine will be rewarded on this occasion having the opportunity to taste the best of the European wines creations and they can enjoy the wines that conquered the hearts and minds of European and world wine connoisseurs: the wines produced under the mark of COTNARI House of Wine.


The COTNARI House of Wine-the most famous European producer, selected from December 2014 as the international representation wine of Europe during 2015 events (EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE) will offer to the visitors the opportunity to taste the marvels that are enchanting presidents, diplomats and leaders from across the world, the wines crowned in the international wine competition for 2014.


On the occasion of GOOD WINE-March 2015 will be offered for tasting the famous Bohotin Basilicum under the etiquette of Colloquium in Paris and impressing by his aromatic flavor, the mesmerizing taste and a long-lasting persistence.


The Bohotin Basilicum is considered as the perfect wine of today that is combining in a happy unity flavor, aroma and modern technology.


THE BEST EUROPEAN WINE FOR 2015 was tasted at the Palace of Parliament by the european diplomatic and political elite.


The lovers of perfect wine will be happy to have the opportunity to taste a national symbol of European wineries: Grasa de Cotnari (Fat Lady of Cotnari), dry wine, a wine of high quality that propelled him in the top of world wine and was propped up to international fame and acclaim.


Equally loved, the Feteasca Neagra (Black Girl) from DOMINIUM series of COTNARI HOUSE OF WINE will be highly attractive and will offer joy to the thousand of the visitors expected at the Wine and Tourism Fair.


To further attract the visitors of the March 2015 edition of GOOD WINE- INTERNATIONAL WINE AND TOURISM, the COTNARI House of Wine will send to the venue on this occasion the famous sommelier: Stefan Timofte who will present with verve and passion the true nature and history of the COTNARI wines.


Will also attend the opening, the WINE MAKERS OF 2014: George Malutan, the oenology expert of Cotnari Winery and Victor Deleanu-President of Cotnari House of Wines.


On 21 March 2015, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade will officially open the INTERNATIONAL WINE AND TOURISM CONFERENCE AND FAIR and together with a delegation of ambassadors and parliamentarians will visit the stands and representatives of the 34 countries registered in the fair and will rend an official visit to COTNARI House of Wine, the creator of the BEST EUROPEAN WINE IN 2015.


The INTERNATIONAL WINE AND TOURISM CONFERENCE AND FAIR-GOOD WINE will give you an opportunity to listen to the oenology experts and to meet the creators of the best wines of 2015 and first and foremost the unique occasion to taste and immerse into the world of the extraordinary wines.

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WORLD PROTECTED AREAS AND NATURAL PARKS MARKED AROUND THE WORLD

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on March 18, 2015 at 5:35 AM

On March 18, 2015 will be celebrated for the second time, across the world, the International Day of World Protected Areas and National Parks.


After being held for the first time last year at the indications of European Council on Tourism and Trade Last, efforts are made to proclaim it as the International Day at the 70th General Assembly of United Nations (UN).


In 2014 the day was dedicated to the efforts in tourism and environmental protection of Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos and in 2015 the model of tourism and protection of national parks of Zimbabwe will be highlighted.


The Day of 18 March is to be marked every year to underline the importance of world protected areas and natural parks in the conservation of bio-diversity, in promoting environmental protection and awareness and avoiding economic exploitation and depletion of this areas.

H.E. ECTT President in the middle surrounded by Ambassadors of United Arab Emirates(left)-Yacoub Yousef al Hosani and Kazakhstan Ambassador-Talgat Kaliyev (right) in 2013

According to the decision from 18 March 2013 of European Council on Tourism and Trade President Office, each year on 18 March, the world will celebrate world protected areas and natural parks and will raise awareness of the importance of every country establishing such areas and register them in a word data base and to control the economic activities in this areas and also support and promote tourism in this areas as a powerful economic promotion tool.


The decision decree of European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea remarks the fact that: 18 March is a day of action, for the establishment and protection of world natural areas, for the promotion of bio-diversity, as a powerful promotion tool for tourism activities.


Also is worth considering that according to the executive order, all the tourism prizes and recognition offered by European Tourism Organization will have to incorporate the respect for world protected areas and natural parks.


The country celebrated today across Europe is the Republic of Zimbabwe, the receiver of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD for 2014.


Zimbabwe had actively tackled the issue of natural areas protection and the title was regarded as an encouragement for continuing actions on the field of world natural protected areas.

 


The 2015 recipient of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION will also have to endeavor to promote bio-diversity protection or to support the establishment of natural protected areas and parks, as a tool for protecting nature and supporting sustainable development stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


The event held on 18 March 2015, had united under the title of International Day of World Protected Areas and National Parks more than 26 ambassadors and diplomatic envoys to the headquarter of European Council on Tourism and Trade.


The event contained a speech by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, ECTT President reflecting the importance of world protected areas and natural parks, the screening of a movie regarding ZIMBABWE- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2014 achievements on the field of natural conservation.


Other allocutions where held by Academician Mircea Constantinescu, European MP`s: Steliana Miron, Ionita Dan, Marcel Dumitru Bujor etc. and by presentations of the environmental situation in their country held by the ambassadors of Morocco, Malaysia, Macedonia and Cyprus etc.


The second world celebration of International Day of World Protected Areas and National Parks, inspired by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-Goodwill Ambassador for World Protected Areas and National Parks was dedicated to attract the world attention to the issue of establishing and protecting natural areas and parks for the benefit of future generation and as an intricate part in sustainable development and in tourism development.


In the concluding part of the meeting a congratulatory message was adopted to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the receiver of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD IN 2014 and the President of African Union urging further cooperation on tourism and environmental issues.

 

PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA IS OPENING THE INTERNATIONAL WINE&TOURISM CONFERENCE AND DECLARES COTNARI AS EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 13, 2014 at 5:50 AM

European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) President offered his high patronage to the Wine and Tourism International Fair-GOODWINE and on 6 December 2014, His Excellency ECTT President- Dr.Anton Caragea opened the official ceremony to present to the public the BEST EUROPEAN WINE FOR 2015 and to uncover the names of the BEST WINEMAKERS OF THE YEAR.




Appealing to wineries, wine & tourism association, wine destination marketing organizers, media and wine tour operators, the annual Wine Tourism Conference provides hard information abou the important and growing industry of wine tourism and provides a forum for leaders in the wine tourism industry. Wine tour operators represent a significant number of WTC-GOODWINE attendees.

 


The ceremony is instrumental for HORECA and tourism industry representatives in keeping in touch with the news and the best wine producers from Europe in order to present this product`s for trade, for tourism events and for leisure and for the full comfort of the clients.

 


The EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE will be presented on all the venues and events organized by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE during 2015 and will be offered at protocol gifts to the world leaders and presented on the rostrums of World Best Tourist Destination and World Capital of Culture and Tourism as a part of the intangible European heritage.

 

 


On the occasion of the International Wine Fair-Good Wine 2014, the ceremony for unveiling EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE for 2015 has taken place.

 


The EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE selection is destined to present to the world the main values of European wine culture for 2015 and will represent the embodiment of the BEST EUROPEAN WINES FOR 2015.

 




From left to right: Deputy General Secretary of Government-Liviu Neagu, Mrs. Simona Man- Minister-President of National Tourism Authority, Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Victor Deleanu-President Cotnari House of Wines-creator of DIPLOMATIC WINE, senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Stefan Timofti-sommelier House of Wines-COTNARI.

 

 


The ceremony has taken place in the presence of the Diplomatic corps, accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade, European personalities, European tourism Academy leadership, Minister of Tourism-Mrs. Simona Man-President of National Tourism Authority, European Parliament representatives and Deputy Secretary General of Romanian Government-Mr. Liviu Neagu.

 


The ceremony was opened by the tasting of the diplomatic wine-Feteasca Neagra (Black Girl) from Cotnari House of Wines, Dominium series.


 


The Prize for DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015 creator- Chairman of COTNARI-House of Wine-Mr.Victor Deleanu.

 


The wines where introduced to the public by the Cotnari House of Wines sommelier –Stefan Timofti , who underlined the pure Romanian traits of Feteasca Neagra wine ilk, who’s traces in history goes as far as Cucuteni Culture (5.000 years ago),a perfect representative wine for Europe and House of Cotnari.


 

In sign of recognition of the intrinsic value of the Feteasca Neagra wine, produced by COTNARI House of Wines, the Deputy Secretary General of the Government, Mr. Liviu Neagu handover on behalf of European Council on Tourism and Trade the special prize for the wine maker George Malutan, who was hailed as the WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR.

 



Mr.Stefan Timofti-sommelier at COTNARI-House of Wines is unveiling the Grasa de Cotnari (place II at Diplomatic Wine 2015).

 

 


Afterwards was tasted the second place on diplomatic wine competition, the famous Fat Lady of Cotnari (Grasa de Cotnari), dry wine, a historical achievement.

 


The Grasa de Cotnari wine is an old traditional wine, in use at the Moldavian king’s court.

 


The wine expert and sommelier of COTNARI House of Wines, Mr. Stefan Timofti, outlined for the public benefit the main characteristics and the typical structure of the wine assortments from Grasa de Cotnari.

 


This is considered as a high quality and long lasting wine, famous around the world.


 

The Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei has presented the prize for BEST WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR to the Victor Deleanu – Chairman of COTNARI-House of Wines, in sign of recognition for his exertions in promoting European wines on international stage and for the tremendous achievement of being elected as the creator of the DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015-Best wine of Europe.

 



President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea is presenting the DIPLOMATIC WINE-BUSUIOACA DE BOHOTIN FROM COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES

 

 


The long awaited moment, of EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE ceremony, had started with the public presentation of the best wine-Bohotin Basil (Busuioaca de Bohotin) an exceptional wine by his traits of persistence, pun gent aroma of exceptional quality.

 


The Busuioaca de Bohotin obtained the first place as the perfect wine, encompassing aroma, technologies and long lasting palates.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, together with Tourism Minister President Mrs. Simona Man, presented the Chairman of COTNARI House of Wines Mr. Victor Deleanu with the Prize for DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015.


 

This was in appreciation for the company role in promoting European wines and for constructing the wine that will be promoted for a year long period, as the quintessence of everything that European wine industry is having precious.

 

 



Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives accredited to European Council on Tourism and Trade on the venue of the Diplomatic Wine ceremony: center stage H.E. Vietnam Ambassador in Romania-Tran Xuan Thuy.


 

 

In the closing moments of the festivity, the ambassadors and European officials, took the opportunity to enjoy countless wines from COTNARI house of wines and received special wines, branded for the event, ambassador wines, that will spread the magic of the Romanian and European wines across the world.

 


 


Sharing a lighter moment: General Secretary of the Government-Liviu Neagu, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, and Venezuela Ambassador H.E. Victor Ramon Carazo.

 


The Ceremony for BEST EUROPEAN WINE-Diplomatic Wine for 2015 marked a central point in promoting European wines authentic values and highlighted the economical and oenological tourism potential of Europe on a world stage.

MR.VICTOR DELEANU FROM COTNARI IS ELECTED EUROPEAN WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM

COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINES is an ambitious project that is encompassing a plantation with total of 350 hectares, out of which 100 hectares are cultivated with the famous Romanian grape variety: Feteasca Neagra(Black Girl), the Busuioaca de Bohotin(Bohotin Basil) , world celebrated for his unique flavour is cultivated on 75 hectares, the Tamaioasa Romaneasca (Romanian Incense Flavour) favoured by the connoisseurs for his strong taste, unique palates, can be found on other 75 hectares, Feteasca Alba(White Girl) is produced on 50 hectares and the Grasa de Cotnari ( Fat Lady of Cotnari) assortment , which is on good reason named as the Romania treasure and is comprised in natural patrimony, is cultivated on 50 hectares.


The perfect moment in the life of any oenology expert is his international achievements recognition by the famous title of WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR.


On 6 December 2014, on the ceremony to present the Best European Wines and on the venue for unveiling the DIPLOMATIC WINE for 2015, Mr. Victor Deleanu-Chairman of the COTNARI-House of Wines, the author of the European wine`s ilk’s revolution, received in a festive ambiance the title for BEST WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR.



Chairman Victor Deleanu is recognized as the BEST WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR (2014).


Over 20 diplomats from three continents, plus European and Romanian officials and European parliamentarians where present on the venue in order to try out the wines created by the oenological specialists of COTNARI- House of Wines, wines crowned as the DIPLOMATIC WINE of 2015.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade has complimented the exertions of Chairman Victor Deleanu to promote the European wines, wines of exceptional quality thru the world and his decision to unleash the revolution of the European traditional wines assortments.


This wine revolution hopes to place in the first rank of the wine making process the assortment of the grape, the aroma and the persistence naturally present in the Europe and Romanian wipe grapes.


 


One of the creations of Mr. Victor Deleanu-Grasa de Cotnari (Fat Lady of Cotnari) is universally recognized as a perfect wine.


Based on this grapes, exceptional wines can be carved out, this is the manifest credo of the owner and wine creator of Cotnari-House of Wines-Mr. Victor Deleanu, creed validated by the election of his wines as the BEST EUROPEAN WINE for 2015-DIPLOMATIC WINE.


COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINES is an ambitious project that is encompassing a plantation with total of 350 hectares, out of which 100 hectares are cultivated with the famous Romanian grape variety: Feteasca Neagra(Black Girl), the Busuioaca de Bohotin(Bohotin Basil) , world celebrated for his unique flavour is cultivated on 75 hectares, the Tamaioasa Romaneasca (Romanian Incense Flavour) favoured by the connoisseurs for his strong taste, unique palates, can be found on other 75 hectares, Feteasca Alba(White Girl) is produced on 50 hectares and the Grasa de Cotnari ( Fat Lady of Cotnari) assortment , which is on good reason named as the Romania treasure and is comprised in natural patrimony, is cultivated on 50 hectares.


In order to properly recognize this serious, constant and sustained line of achievements, it was normal that the BEST WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR title to be awarded to oenological team from COTNARI-House of Wines lead by Chairman Victor Deleanu.


In the thunderous applause’s of the diplomats and official`s present at the venue, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade had conferred the designation of BEST WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR to the Chairman of COTNARI House of Wines, for his exertion in promoting wine culture and the specificity of European wines.

WHO IS THE WINEMAKER OF 2014. GEORGE MALUTAN IS HIS NAME

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 10, 2014 at 6:55 AM

 

Mr. George Malutan had proven himself by long term and successful efforts in creating COTNARI-Hose of Wine products.

 

Wines such as the Feteasca Neagra, had conquered the hearts and mind of diplomats at the DIPLOMATIC WINE contest for 2015, but also Mr. Malutan creations won many gold and silver medals, in the last span of time in International Wine Contests and tasting ceremonies.

All this achievements bestow a perfect international recognition for his wines created for the portfolio of COTNARI House of Wines.


The unveiling of the title for WINEMAKER of THE YEAR for 2014 and the public presentation of best European wines had succeeded in gathering in the same spot the wine connoisseur’s community of Europe, Romania and the entire world on the venue of the International Wine Fair.



George Malutan is the official WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR


Diplomats from Europe, Asia and Africa, members of European Council on Tourism and Trade, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and countless personalities had convened on the spot, eager to know the names of 2014 best of wines and their makers.


The organizers decided that: the name of the BEST WINEMAKERS should be accompanied by the tasting of their prized creations.


The award ceremony and the tasting session had commenced by a Feteasca Neagra (Black Girl) from Dominium series of Cotnari House of Wine, a perfect red wine that encompassed with distinction the work of the wining George Malutan, the winner of WINEMAKER of THE YEAR designation.



Feteasca Neagra-one of the award wining creation of world fame of Mr. George Malutan.

 


Mr. George Malutan had proven himself by long term and successful efforts in creating COTNARI-Hose of Wine products.


Wines such as the Feteasca Neagra, had conquered the hearts and mind of diplomats at the DIPLOMATIC WINE contest for 2015, but also Mr. Malutan creations won many gold and silver medals, in the last span of time in International Wine Contests and tasting ceremonies. All this achievements bestow a perfect international recognition for his wines created for the portfolio of COTNARI House of Wines.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European council on Tourism and Trade had eulogized the wines created by Mr. George Malutan as perfectly capturing the terroirs specificity of Moldavia-region of Romania and european traditions and respecting the long lasting tradition of wine making of the areas.


His creations are garnering the art of wine production together with the latest technologies specific to the New World wines.


The result is a perfect calibrated wine, this is a living proof that old European wineries can be still seductive created with the new technologies and can lead in the world top of wines.


European wines did not said their final word on the world stage, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


The wine maker for COTNARI Hose of Wines-THE BEST WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR, Mr. George Malutan had inscribed in his wall of trophy’s the promotion of specific Romanian wines such as: White Girl (Feteasca Albă) and Black Girl (Feteasca Neagră), Fat Lady of Cotnari (Grasa de Cotnari) benefiting by a unique aroma and taste and aromatized assortments such as: Romanian Incense (Tamaioasa Romaneasca) and Bohotin Basil (Busuioaca de Bohotin).

BEST EUROPEAN WINE FOR 2015 IS SELECTED FROM COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINE PORTOFOLIO

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on December 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

On 6 December 2014 on the venue of International Wine Fair-GOOD WINE, H.E. President of European Council on Tourism and Trade-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had awarded the prizes for BEST EUROPEAN WINE FOR 2015 and DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015 to COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINE Chairman Mr. Victor Deleanu.




The wines from COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINE will represent for the year to come the European wine industry and will be part of diplomatic delegation, gifts and protocol events, high level mission and tourism related event in the world, also the HORECA industry and hotels will be ranked in the next year, accordingly to their use of the COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINE products as symbols of high quality wine and alcoholic beverage products.

 


European Council on Tourism and Trade will recognize as his official diplomatic partner and the BEST EUROPEAN WINE in 2015 the COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES (CASA DE VINURI COTNARI) and will promote the wines from Cotnari across the world and the perfect embodiment of European wine making tradition.

 


The selection of COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES was made on 22 November 2014, under the high patronage of European Council on Tourism and Trade and the organization of The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, the annual selection ceremony for electing the BEST EUROPEAN WINE-DIPLOMATIC WINE for 2015 has taken place.

 


The DIPLOMATIC WINE will represent during 2015 the European wine tradition and high quality.

 


We can already note that: the ceremony had become a focal point in diplomatic life, a moment awaited with pleasure and interest by diplomatic community, as the tasting committee is enjoying the best products of European wine industry.

 


Respecting the yearly tradition, the committee has encompassed two diplomats from every continent that us usually importing wine products (Europe, Asia, Africa, America).

 



Every body on the venue had enjoyed with pleasure the new EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015,creation of COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINES

 


This year the committee, under the direction of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade had choose as European Best Wine creator for 2015- The COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES.

 


The COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES was established in 2007 and is having in yield a total of 350 hectares out of which 100 hectares are cultivated with the famous Romanian grape variety: Feteasca Neagra(Black Girl), the Busuioaca de Bohotin(Bohotin Basilicum) , world celebrated for his unique flavor is cultivated on 75 hectares, the Tamaioasa Romaneasca (Romanian Incense Flavor) favored by the connoisseurs for his strong taste, unique palates, can be found on other 75 hectares, Feteasca Alba(White Girl) is produced on 50 hectares and the Grasa de Cotnari ( Fat Lady of Cotnari) assortment , which is on good reason named as the Romania treasure and is comprised in natural patrimony, is cultivated on 50 hectares.

 


From this extraordinary lands, where grapes are cultivated from the renowned Cucuteni culture time, more than 5000 years ago, has arise today the exceptional wines of COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES , wines that conquered the hearts of diplomats.

 




On the third place(no.3) was selected the FETEASCA NEAGRA (Black Girly) from Domenii Collection of COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES

 


Amongst the wine tasted, from COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES, where presented the Domain collection and Colloquium-collection.


 

From this collections, the assortments of wines that had conquered the heart and mind of the tasters where as follows : Colocviu la Paris –Busuioacă de Bohotin dry, from Collection Cotnari-Domenii – Busuioacă de Bohotin demi-dry, Colocviu la Moscova – Grasă de Cotnari dry, from Collection Cotnari-Domenii – Fetească Neagră dry, Colocviu la Roma – Tămâioasă Românească dry, Colocviu la Atena – Fetească Albă dry, from Collection Cotnari-Domenii – Tămâioasă Românească demi-dry, from Collection Cotnari-Domenii – Fetească Albă dry.

 


After the tasting session, the final selection, based on the evaluation of wine types, had comprised on the III-rd place: Feteasca Alba (White Girly) and Feteasca Neagra (Black Girly).

 


On the second place, the commission had appreciated the aroma and taste of the unique Grasa de Cotnari and finally the first place was given to the aromatic wines from Tămâioasă Românească and Busuioacă de Bohotin assortments.

 


The final phase of the competition had decided the winners as being on the III-rd place, the only red wine from COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES production was selected the dry Feteasca Neagra (Black Girl) from Dominium Cotnari.

 





The second place goes to the Grasa de Cotnari, special creation of COTNARI-HOUSE OF WINES, Colloquium Collection.

 


On the second place, the jury had appreciated the extreme aroma and complexity of the unique Grasa de Cotnari, dry made and finally the first place-DIPLOMATIC WINE has gone to the rosy, profusely aroma and the round and perfect taste of the Busuioaca de Bohotin-Colloquium in Paris.


 

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, prominent member of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, present on the rostrum of the ceremony, had stated that for him, as a Senator from Iasi county, he is extremely touched and proud that Moldavian wines, the Cotnari wines, where highly appreciated and noted by diplomats and is appreciative that, from today, the COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES products will be tasted in the entire world.

 




And the winner is… the special formula accompanied the announcement, the EUROPEAN IPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2015 is Busuioaca de Bohotin-Colloquium in Paris.

 

 


COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES must be promoted and supported for there outstanding efforts in promoting traditional Romanian wines and wine types, noted Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 

He explained to the diplomats, presented on the venue, that COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES is offering to consumers not only exceptional quality wines, created with modern technology, but is using also in the production cycle the famous new world wine making techniques.

 

We have to mention that: the COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES is also benefiting from the tremendous experience, garnered by the Cotnari teams, teams that gather for hundreds of years the valuable wine making experience.

 

Today we are proud of the fact that we can offer to European and foreign diplomats, to all lovers of perfect quality wines from Europe and across the world, an exceptional selection of wines: the EUROPEAN DIPLOMATIC WINE from COTNARI HOUSE OF WINES, had declared President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea concluding the ceremony.

NURLY ZHOL-KAZAKHSTAN`S PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV ADDRESS IS REGISTERED AS A DOCUMENT OF WORLD SIGNIFICANCE

Posted by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE on November 28, 2014 at 5:10 AM

On 26 of November 2014 the President of European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) and Kazakhstan Ambassador-Daulet Batrashev discuss the new economic policy of Kazakhstan centred on the development of tourism, infrastructure and trade and publicly announced by Kazakhstan President-Nursultan Nazarbayev on 11 November 2014.


 

The address known to the world as Nurly Zhol is a perfect development template, considered President of European Council on Tourism and Trade-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea that announced the fact that the Kazakhstan President document will be a research and study document for all the 27 country members of ECTT as a perfect blueprint for development and tourism policy and registered as a document of world significance.


The Address of H.E. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev promoting tourism and international cooperation is a document of world significance and importance states President Dr. Anton Caragea in dialogue with Kazakhstan Ambassador Daulet Batrashev.   


 

Analyzing the document President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Ambassador Daulet Batrashev observed that: tourism will be another launch pad for a country that is enjoying a rich natural diversity, a huge territory, a wonderful landscape and incredible tourist opportunities.

 


This sector will become, in the future, not only a national prestige and recognition source, but also a major income and job creator in the economy and in this regard the potential of Kazakhstan is as great as the territory of the country itself: enormous concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


In the end of the meeting the address of Kazakhstan President-Nursultan Nazarbayev was filed as a strategic document for world tourism and trade development.

 


The Address of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to The people of Kazakhstan

 

Nurly Zhol – The Path to the Future

President Nursultan Nazarbayev  a pillar of stability and the creator of modern Kazakhstan 


 

The world is facing new challenges and threats today. The world economy has still not recovered from consequences of the global financial and economic crisis. The recovery continues at a very slow and uncertain pace, and some countries remain in decline. The geopolitical crisis and the sanctions policy of the leading powers create an additional obstacle for the recovery of the world economy.


 

From my experience, I feel that the years to come will become the time of global trials. The entire architecture of the world will be changing. Not all countries will be able to get through these complications in a decent manner.

Only strong states, with their people united, will manage to do that. Kazakhstan, as a part of the world economy and a country located very close to the epicentre of geopolitical tensions, is experiencing negative pressure from all these challenges. We see the results: prices in global markets are dropping, and general economic growth is slowing down.

 


As is known, the forecasts of the development of the global economy for 2014 and the next two years were revised downward by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. That means we need to revise our own plans, and make adjustments for the coming period. There is no time for hesitation. The measures I will talk about today will be implemented from January 1, 2015. We must promptly take all the possible measures to prevent negative trends.

 


Today the Government is already working quickly at my order. We have revised the parameters of the republic’s budget for 2015. And this is right, as the drop in prices of our export raw materials has led to the reduction of the flow of money to our income. At the same time, the Government have a tough yet specific task: it must fulfil all social liabilities in full.

 


In a crisis, as we’re seeing the world over, economic policies must be re-evaluated. The sectors that need support are those which create the highest multiplier effect on economic growth and employment. We have already had such an experience. Suffice it to recall our successful anti-crisis measures in 2007-2009. As you see, life makes adjustments to the best laid plans. And we should add new content to the platform of our party based on today’s reality.

 


On my orders, the Government has completed the development of a new large-scale development programme. Today, as we respond to the challenges we face, I proclaim Kazakhstan’s New Economic Policy “Nurly Zhol” (The Bright Road). This is what I devote my state-of-the-nation address for 2015. The policy will have a counter-cyclical character and will be aimed at continuing structural reforms in our economy. What does this mean?

 


Over the years, when the situation in external markets was favourable, and the price of oil and our export products were at sufficiently high level, we diverted revenues from those exports to the National Fund. One of the main tasks of the National Fund is to increase resistance of our economy to external shocks, including when prices of natural resources drop.


 

We were putting income from extraction and sales of raw materials into this Fund during all these years. We used 10 billion US dollars out of the National Fund to fight the crisis of 2007-2009. As for the rest of the money, we have not spent it. We saved and multiplied it. Now we are in the period when we must use these reserves. They will help overcome uneasy times and stimulate the growth of our economy. These resources are not intended for short-term measures. We will spend them on the transformation of our economy, namely – the development of transport, energy, industrial and social infrastructure, and small and medium businesses.

 


In February, a decision was made to allocate one trillion tenge from the National Fund to support economic growth and employment in 2014-2015 in two tranches of 500 billion tenge. To finalise the initiated projects and resolve pressing issues, I have instructed the Government to divert the second tranche of 500 billion tenge from the National Fund to the following goals:

 


First, 100 billion tenge should be additionally allocated to issue easy-term loans to small and medium businesses, as well as large enterprises. This will secure the implementation of projects in the food and chemical industries, engineering, as well as the service sector.

 


Second, to revive the banking sector and buy out “bad” loans, I have ordered additional capitalisation of the Fund of Problem Loans in the amount of 250 billion tenge in 2015.

 


Third, to raise new investments, we need to improve respective conditions. For these purposes, I have ordered the government to allocate 81 billion tenge in 2015 to complete the construction of the “dry port” complex, the infrastructure of the special economic zones at Khorgos – East Gate and the National Industrial Petrochemical Technological Park in Atyrau and Taraz.

 


Fourth, to continue the construction of the EXPO-2017, I have ordered the allocation of 40 billion tenge in 2015 adding to the already allocated 25 billion tenge.

 


Fifth, on the eve of EXPO-2017, we need to take care of the development of Astana’s transport infrastructure. This year the capital airport will reach its maximum capacity – 3.5 million people. Therefore, to increase its potential, I have ordered the allocation in 2015 of 29 billion tenge on the construction of a new terminal and a reconstruction of the landing strip. This will allow us to increase airport capacity to 7.1 million of passengers per year by 2017.


H.E. Kazakhstan President creator of the concept of Mangilik El (Eternal Nation)

 


Dear people of Kazakhstan,

 


In view of new external risks for the development of our economy, we need new initiatives to stimulate business activity and employment. The Infrastructure Development Plan, which I want to make public today, will become the core of the New Economic Policy. It is intended to last for five years and is to run in parallel with the Second Five Year term of the Programme of Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development. More than 100 foreign companies intend to participate in its implementation. The total investment portfolio will make 6 trillion tenge, with the state contributing 15 per cent of the total.


 

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Kazakhstan owns a territory so vast it would tire the wings of a bird to fly over it. Thus, this plan requires huge funds and hard work. There is a saying: “If you want to know a nation’s prosperity look at its paths.” Road connections are of high importance, not only for travel, but also for the transportation of goods. In ancient times our big cities were located along the Great Silk Road.

 


Nowadays, all essential life depends on access to the main highways. Roads are the essence of life, the source of a modern existence. All the regions of Kazakhstan need to be closely connected by railroads, highways, and air services. The nine roads, connecting with each other in Astana are like the roots of life, spread our capital’s creative spirit. Improving interconnectivity between the regions will eventually lead to a greater domestic well-being.


It will strengthen trade and economic ties between the regions. There will be new markets emerging from inside the country. Therefore bringing together distant parts is the main focus of today’s address.

 


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First, the development of transport and logistics infrastructure will be formed around regional hubs, connected through Astana as the central hub and backbone by highways, railways and airlines. But first, we need to implement the main road projects. They are Western China to Western Europe; Astana to Almaty; Astana to Ust-Kamenogorsk; Astana to Aktobe to Atyrau; Almay to Ust-Kamenogorsk; Karaganda to Zhezkazgan to Kyzylorda; Atyrau to Astrakhan.

 


It is also necessary to continue the creation of a logistical hub in the east and marine infrastructure in the west of the country. The large-scale ferry site from Kuryk and the railway line from Borzhakty to Yersai will contribute to the growth of exports to the west through ports in the Caspian Sea. I have ordered the Government to work on the construction or rental of terminals at dry and sea ports in China, Iran, Russia and the EU.

 

The impressive capital of Kazakhstan-Astana-the host of WORLD EXPO 2017. 


Second, development of industrial infrastructure. The implementation of infrastructure projects will produce big demand for construction materials, products and services for transport, communication, energy, housing and utility areas.

 


So, firstly, we need to complete our work on the formation of infrastructure in existing special economic zones.

The Government and the akims (governors) need to work in a timely manner to fill those zones with concrete projects. Secondly, they need to explore the possibility of constructing new industrial zones in regions aimed at the development of production facilities of SMEs and raising extra investments. Tourism infrastructure is a separate line. Its main advantage is the opportunity to create jobs. The creation of one job here costs 10 times less than in industry.

 


Third, the development of energy infrastructure. Extensive work has been carried out within the framework of the industrialisation programme in energy in the past five years. Nevertheless, limited transmission systems create a deficit of electric energy in the southern regions of the country and of natural gas in central and eastern regions.

We need to focus on two projects. To construct high voltage lines Ekibastuz – Semey - Ust-Kamenogorsk and Semey – Aktogai – Taldykorgan - Almaty. This will create a balanced energy supply from Kazakh power plants to all regions of the country.

 


Fourth, the modernisation of housing and utilities infrastructure and water and heat supply networks. The total demand for investments makes no less than 2 trillion tenge with annual allocation till 2020 from all sources of founding of no less than 200 billion tenge.

 


Today we see significant interest in investing in the modernisation of housing and utilities from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and private investors. We need to ensure their maximum involvement through the provision of long-term investment rates.


Such projects should be co-funded by the state to prevent significant increases in rates. We should allocate up to 100 billion tenge each year to accelerate the level of modernisation in our heat and water supply systems, in addition to the funds already envisaged in the budget.

 


Fifth, the strengthening of housing infrastructure. The formation of urban centres is accompanied by a significant cross-flow of the population. This creates pressure on the labour market and city infrastructure, including on the housing fund. Therefore, our approach to construction of rental housing should be revised. The state will construct social housing to rent out and provide to the population for long term rent with the right to buy it. The provision of housing directly, without mediators, with low-interest loans will allow us to reduce the cost of acquisition. No first instalment and low mortgage interest will make housing more affordable for various strata of the people of Kazakhstan. Therefore, we will additionally increase funding of construction of rental housing for the amount of 180 billion tenge during 2015-2016.

 


Sixth, development of social infrastructure. We must resolve the issues of unfit schools and three-shift education, as we set out in our election platform. The funds envisaged in the 3 year budget do not let us to resolve this problem by 2017. Therefore, I have ordered the Government to allocate another 70 billion tenge. Another matter is the lack of kindergartens. I instruct to allocate an additional 20 billion tenge to reduce the deficit of places in preschools within 3 years. Akims must deal will this as much as possible and attract the private sector.

 


Ten higher education institutions were defined within the framework of the industrialisation programme based on which the link between science, economic sectors and personnel training will be ensured. I have ordered the Government to create the material and technical framework of these education institutions, allocating up to 10 billion tenge by 2017.

 


Seventh, we need to continue the work to support small and medium businesses and business activities. As of today, the 100 billion tenge from the National Fund aimed at supporting and crediting small and medium enterprises has been fully used. This allowed us to create more than 4,500 jobs. The demand for these funds exceeded the supply by 23 billion tenge. The unprecedented conditions providing credit for businesses at 6 per cent for 10 years were created. There were no such conditions in our country before. We should continue our work to develop small and medium businesses as a driver of economic growth and increase their share to 50 per cent of GDP by 2050. Therefore, we need to use credit facilities for small and medium businesses more effectively at the account of the ADB, EBRD, and the World Bank for the total amount of 155 billion tenge in 2015-2017.

 

The splendours of Kazakhstan: a marvel to the world!


Dear people of Kazakhstan,

 


The situation in the world economy makes it sufficiently hard to achieve our goals without extra financial resources.

 


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There was a reason why we established the National Fund. It was mainly aimed at providing stable social and economic development, and protecting our country’s economy from unpredictable circumstances. Right now, it is high time to use this fund for our needs. Kazakhstan should avoid repeating the mistakes of other countries. We have to use our internal resources for economic growth efficiently.

 


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I have made the decision regarding additional allocation of 3 billion US dollars from the National Fund for the period from 2015 to 2017. I have ordered the Government to prepare respective decisions for the allocation of funds from the National Fund and to take into account the required funds in the draft national budget for 2015 within a week. The Government should also undertake measures and ensure effective and rational use of these funds.

 


The commission created by me will strictly monitor the effective use of the funds and report to me personally. I will request a report about every tenge spent. Special responsibility is imposed on all the akims. Nur Otan must actively get involved into this work and to establish strict party control at all levels.

 


I am entrusting the Government with ensuring that National Fund resources are allocated efficiently and appropriately to the relevant areas. Every tenge will be under strict control. Nur Otan should take an active part in it, and monitor it closely for the party.

 


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The investments from the National Fund must be accompanied by structural reforms in the economic sectors. We need to ensure joint implementation of projects with international financial organisations. For instance, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the EBRD and the IDB are ready to allocate about 9 billion dollars for 90 priority projects. The allocated funds should support investment activities, prevent a drop in population’s income and stimulate the creation of new jobs. This will result in sustainable economic growth in the short and medium term.

 


Our education, health care and agriculture development programmes will continue. We will have a substantial discussion about this at the first extended meeting of the Government next year. The New Economic Policy “Nurly Zhol” is our global step on the path to become one of 30 most developed countries of the world.

 


All the necessary conditions for successful work have been created. Administrative reforms were carried out, and the new structure of the Government and executive power is working. Every minister knows what to do. We removed redundancy and unnecessary links in management. Akims have the necessary scope of authority. The regions have everything – programmes, resources, finances. Everybody is responsible for their area of work. They now need to knuckle down and set to work.

 


The New Economic Policy “Nurly Zhol” will become a driver of the growth in our economy during the coming years. 200,000 new jobs will be created by the construction of roads alone. And this means greater employment and growth of income for the population. “Nurly Zhol” will create a multiplier effect in other economic sectors: production of cement, metal, machinery, bitumen, equipment and related services. Roads are lifelines for Kazakhstan. Life has always emerged and developed in our vast expanses around roads. We must create such a transport network that car, railway and air lines stretch to all directions from Astana. Like arteries from the heart. Like rays from the sun.

 


The new lines built by the people of Kazakhstan will renew our economy and community. They will firmly link all the corners of our country with its centre. Cargo traffic will accelerate and increase. The volume of transit through the country will grow. Our citizens will drive on modern and quality highways, and will be able to get to any region quickly and safely. Social infrastructure will improve, new and modern schools and hospitals will provide high-quality services. Finally, this will affect the welfare and the quality of life of each citizen of Kazakhstan. And the main thing is all of this will remain in our land as wealth of our future generations.

 


Dear people of Kazakhstan,

 


There is large and important work in front of us. We must be united to pass this global exam. We must strengthen trust among all the people of Kazakhstan! Be tolerant to each other! These are keys to Kazakhstan’s future. Interethnic harmony is oxygen. We never notice it, when we breathe, we do it automatically – we just live. We must safeguard our unity and our interethnic harmony. No outsider can come and do this for us. Our young grow in a new and independent country. The younger generation did not witness interethnic war or conflict, the devastation of 1990’s. Many people perceive stability and comfortable life in Kazakhstan as something given since their birth.

 


For what are stability and harmony? It is family welfare, safety, a roof over our head. Peace is the joy of paternity and maternity, health of parents and happiness of our children. Peace is stable work, wages and feeling confident about the future. Peace and stability are the achievement of our entire population, which must be protected and reinforced by everyday hard work. I always say: the young are the foundation of our future. The state has opened up all the doors and all the paths to the new generation! Nurly Zhol is where our creative and dynamic young can invest their efforts and develop!

 


Next year we will solemnly celebrate 20 years since the adoption of the Constitution and the creation of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. When we celebrate these dates, we should make the people of Kazakhstan spiritually stronger, united, and even more tolerant. I am convinced that our core principle – Kazakhstan, Only Ahead! – will sound in a new way and will acquire a deeper meaning at this new important turn of our history! I wish success and reaching new heights to all of you, because they will raise our Homeland even higher!

 


Dear fellow citizens,

 


We are united by our national idea – Mangilik El (Eternal Nation), making its way to the independent development of “Nurly Zhol”. To follow this path we need to work hard, and to unite our efforts on the way to a brighter future. The Eternal Nation is a unifying force and an inexhaustible source of energy. It is the basis for not only the “Kazakhstan 2050” Strategy, but also the strong ideological foundation of Kazakhstan’s Statehood in the 21st century! The Eternal Nation is itself the source of a new Kazakhstan Patriotism. It is a great principle for the entire society of Kazakhstan.

 


Adoration for our historical past, pride for today’s fortunes, and faith in our blossoming future – are all covered by the powerful concept of “Mangilik El” (The Eternal Nation). Love for the fatherland is respect for the great legacy of our ancestors, keeping it as safe as the apple of your eye, making a contribution to its development, and passing it on to future generations. This is the ultimate goal of all Kazakhstan.

 


The foundation of the idea of the Eternal Nation runs very deep. Thirteen centuries ago, the sage Tonykok stated the “Eternal Nation is the goal of all Turkic people.” This means that our national idea, just as the roots of our nationhood, originates from our ancient history. The unity of the people, that’s what makes a viable national idea. Where there is no unity, and discord flourishes, no national ideas can ever come to life. Unity and prosperity are the main reasons for of the great success achieved by Kazakhstan.

 


Today, thanks to our respect for stability, we have managed great strides forward. Humiliating nobody, denying nobody’s language or cultural heritage, while giving all citizens equal opportunities, helps us strengthen the stability of our country. National unity must be our main treasure to pass on to future generations. We must nurture the concept of national values in the mind of every young person.


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