Ecotourism Conference - The Onion Route

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  • 1. Community-based tourism in Lake Peipus Region The Onion Route Triinu Akkermann
  • 2. What is The Onion Route?
    • The Onion Route-
    • One region, two nationalities, three cultures.
    The Onion Route is a network of entrepreneurs based along the shore of Lake Peipus who aim at introducing, preserving the variety, and providing experience tourism in the mystical and multicultural region where they live.
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  • 4. Who are we?
    • Local people, who love Lake Peipus region
    • Network was established in 2009 in October
    • Today 21 members (museums, guest houses, restaurants, church, local handicraft producers, onion growers, water-tourism services, transport company)
    • New potential members from the region
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  • 19. Our goals
    • To introduce this mystical and multicultural region to domestic and foreign tourists
    • To offer great experiences through the network cooperation
    • To love the region
    • To involve local people
    • To maintain the diversity of the region
    • To offer quality products and services
  • 20. Our strenghts
    • Our people
    • Lake Peipus
    • Three cultures and their heritage:
    • Russian Old-Believers, Estonian peasant culture, Baltic German heritage
    • Local resources- onions, fish, cranberries
    • Ecological food
    • Crazy ideas- water-reed island and harbour, Onion Chopping and Cranberry Picking World Championships
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  • 34. How to attract the members of a community not used to hosting guests to cooperate in providing tourism services?
    • Leadersship
    • Trust between members and leaders
    • Support- community members must feel that you are there for them
    • C onsistency
    • Involvment- let’s do together. Together we are more effective!
  • 35. How to attract the members of a community not used to hosting guests to cooperate in providing tourism services?
    • Roundtable workshops, study tours
    • Have to know your neighbours’ services
    • Together learning- service quality, product development etc.
    • Members’ satisfaction- word-of-mouth advertising
    • Money- investments from the members step by step
  • 36. How can the elements of three different cultures be combined into one well-balanced tourism service?
  • 37. How can the already existing values of the region be combined with the new ones in order to create a perfect tourist itinerary?
    • Networking, co-operation
    • Product development- packages, events based on the local culture and traditions
    • Can’t be afraid to try new things or even a bit crazy ideas
  • 38. Welcome to the Onion Route!
    • www.sibulatee.ee
    • [email_address]
    • +372 5081232
    • (Triinu Akkermann)