A new guest house has opened its doors in the village of Trebujeni

One of the best reasons to visit Moldova is to spend time in the countryside and to enjoy the hospitality, the traditional food and the customs of the place, to reconnect to nature in a quiet place for an unforgettable vacation.

The guest house “Casa Rândunicii” is located in an area with unique landscapes in Moldova, between the rocky shores of the village of Trebujeni, which has become a point of attraction in the Natural “Old Orhei”. The Buzilă family’s initiative to develop a tourism business was
encouraged by the experience of their parents, who took the first steps in this activity, a new one for the rural environment in 2011.

The guesthouse built near the parents’ house was designed according to local architectural traditions, but with modern interior finishes, which offers comfort to the most demanding
tourist. “Casa Rândunicii” has a 4-room accommodation capacity, a summer terrace, playground for children, an enclosed terrace for organizing events and a traditional wine cellar.

The hosts will be happy to welcome guests with traditional and dishes specific for the area, prepared on the basis of local vegetables and food.

The launch of the guest house was applauded by guests of honor, including the Minister of Culture, Sergiu Prodan, Director of the United States Agency for International Development in Moldova (USAID), Scott Hocklander, the director of the “Orheiul Vechi” Cultural-Natural Reserve, Ion Ceban and the mayor of the village, Cristina Gandrabur.

In the opening of the event, the Minister of Culture wished the hosts good luck in development of their business, noting that the beauty of nature, culture, traditions and hospitality of the Moldovans make tourists love these places and return to Moldova.

Mr. Prodan a thanked USAID Moldova for its significant contribution to the development of rural tourism over the years and stressed the importance of supporting soul-reviving projects in the village.

The launch of the “Casa Rândunicii” guest house completes the existing tourist offer in the region, in addition to six other pensions that have historically been supported by USAID to expand and modernize their accommodation capacity,. Thus, the 7 pensions form a center of cultural attraction and leisure in the village of Trebujeni.

Recognizing the importance of infrastructure for the tourism industry, USAID supports rural entrepreneurs to invest in pension development and diversify tourism products.”Casa Rândunicii” is one of the 20 beneficiaries of the grant program implemented by the Activity to Support Competitiveness in the Light Industry and that of Tourism (MCTA), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The goalof the program is to help strengthen the infrastructure and tourism products for
overcoming the difficulties generated by the impact of the pandemic on the tourism sector.

Scott Hocklander, USAID Moldova Mission Director, said: “I want to congratulate the hosts on
the decision to embark on this entrepreneurial activity with a lot of determination and passion for keeping the roots. I appreciate your courage even more, given the crisis in the
region and the disturbances that the Moldovan tourism sector has struggled to overcome in
the last two years. In this difficult context, the hospitality sector will once again rely on domestic travel and here it is important to adjust the supply with leisure facilities and infrastructure that responds to the existing demand ”.

The success story of the village of Trebujeni has demonstrated the positive impact of community participation in expanding employment and income generation opportunities, preserving crafts and cultural heritage for the development of a viable rural area.

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