TIRANA, October 11
Empowering museums through technology, a project on electronic ticket machines for six culture and heritage sites in Albania was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture and the Albanian-American Development Fund. The project with a value of $512,000 aims to amplify the unique value of these museums by merging cultural heritage and new technology, both promising assets for a sustainable development of museum as main pillars of the cultural tourism industry.
Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro said that this system will help the standardization of heritage sites and apply European standards.
“Six new sites will be equipped with this system. It is not just a machine more. At first, it consists of a step towards law enforcement regarding the revenue generated by heritage sites. Secondly, it will help to reach our goal providing better standards and improved quality in heritage sites,” Kumbaro said.
Moreover, she highlighted that the system is necessary is sites that receive a high number of visitors such as Berat Castle, Shkodra Castle, Butrint Archeological Park, etc.
The project is funded by the Albanian-American Development Fund, and it started as a pilot program in the National Museum of Iconography Onufri and the National Museum of the Byzantine Art. Afterwards, it was implemented in Butrint in 2012, while Kruja Museum, Berat Castle, Gjirokastra Castle, Apollonia, Archeological Park, and Shkodra Castle have now the same system.
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