TIRANA, December 14
The World Bank will lend Euro 71 million to Albania for improving tourism infrastructure in Southern Albania, respectively in the municipalities of Berat, Saranda, Permet, and Gjirokastra. The project on integrated urban and tourism development was signed on Tuesday between the Albanian government and WB’s representatives. The WB’s Country Director Ellen Goldstein said that sustainable development of natural and cultural endowments in the South can be a game changer for Albania, yielding economic benefits for the local communities, creating jobs and sustaining and accelerating the economic recovery that we are seeing today.
“The innovation of this operation is not only the combination of investments to improve urban infrastructure and upgrade tourist sites. It aims at creating tourism products, site management plans for the four cities and their surrounding cultural and natural heritage sites, and the establishment of partnerships for tourism destination management,” Goldstein said.
She highlighted that the Integrated urban and tourism development project is all about Albania’s future, generating faster growth, more jobs and greater prosperity for Albanian citizens in the years to come.
News Source: The WB