TATON is the output of the USAID funded Bridges project.

Bridges is the next step of development after the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) project, which linked Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia with a 4,000 kilometer travel trail following the exotic and splendiferous silk road of lore. Multi-language information panels complement the free smartphone App that traces the trail with GPS guidance, maps and rich content, as well as connections to over 700 local tour service providers.
Download the App at www.BlackSeaSilkRoad.com

The USAID-funded Bridges project was developed to spur regional economic growth, through increased cross-border tourism between Armenia and Turkey. Bridges continues the work of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) project, which focused on developing tourism along the fabled Silk Road, and continues the strong partnership between two BSSRC partners: Armenia’s AMAP Human Development NGO (AMAP) and Turkey’s Ekonomistler Platformu (EkP).

AMAP Human Development NGO (AMAP) is dedicated to building human capacity and community approaches
to development. AMAP implements programs on tourism for development, artistic, historical, natural, and cultural heritage; on economic, scientific and social issues; and on sustainable development and education. AMAP’s USAID-funded Bridges project is committed to strengthened and sustained economic development in Armenia and Turkey, through regional, cross-border tourism development. For more information, visit www.AMAP.am.

Ekonomistler Platformu (EkP) is an independent, non-profit economic and public policy research institution founded on the idea that independent policy research plays a crucial role in sustainable economic growth. Established in 2000 in Istanbul, EkP, with its vast network of research experts, assists local administrations, policy-makers and the business sector in supporting Turkey’s economic development, both at the micro- and macropolicy levels. EkP has engaged in international- and national-level research and applied projects. EkP has further expanded its network by partnering with European organizations, as well as those from Turkey’s neighboring countries.

This project is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of AMAP Human Development NGO and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Primary Areas of Focus
Armenia: Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Shirak, Syunik, Vayots Dzor & Yerevan
Georgia: southwest link between Armenia & Turkey
Turkey: Anatolia, Eastern Black Sea coast (Ani, Diyarbekir, Erzerum, Kars, Mush, Trabizon,Van) & Istanbul

Bridges will:
1) Inventory regional tourism experiences.
To attract international tourists, this extraordinary area, rich in history and culture, must be dynamically advertised to convey the potential for discovery, emotion and passion that awaits the tourist seeking a life less ordinary. To achieve that, we will catalogue Tourism Experiences.

2) Foster cross-border cooperation between tour operators.
AMAP and EkP will work with regional partners to establish a new tour operator association: TATON (Turkish-Armenian Tour Operator Network). We will promote its growth through direct contact, regional Discovery Tours, and a dedicated, online Professional Social Network.

3) Promote the region to the international traveler.
Our web magazine, on-line newsletters, and social media marketing will provide new and exciting information for tour operators and tourists alike. We will host a special Discovery Tour for international photojournalists and travel writers. Their articles in popular, internationally-read publications and blogs will further market the region
as a one-of-a-kind destination spot.