TIRANA, August 15
Qeparo village, located in the southern Albanian Riviera, besides being one of the most beautiful areas in the country, might turn into a pilot site for the development of agrotourism.
“The Traveller and Olive Groves” is the newest project presented by the Albanian-Dutch cooperation that aims at fostering sustainable development of tourism and year-round local economies in Albania. This is expected to be attained through talks with the inhabitants of the area, local businessmen, who think that tourism may be a source of incomes not only during the short summer season.
Dutch experts for architecture, urban planning and agrotourism along with Albanian specialists are inspecting the area in order to orientate the inhabitants of Qeparo towards agrotourism solutions.
According to the experts, the village is the best place for establishing the model of this type of business, because it involves all the factors required for agrotourism development.
According to the Dutch experts, the tourism season in Albania is short thus, in economic terms it is difficult to do business only for a month and a half. Moreover, they highlighted that Albania’s neighbours are strong competitors when it comes to tourism
However, they added that in the case when tourism is combined with culture, adventures, and bioproducts based cuisine, visitors come not only in summer. The Dutch tourists said that they wished for the establishment of a tourist information office, a tourism school, a culinary centre and other institutions that help local people to do tourism better and to create a market for honey, olive oil and other products that they may offer.
The project will help to find and develop the right ideas that increase incomes and boost the local economy.
News Source: ATA
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