A consortium of Dutch, Swiss, and Albanian companies and organizations work on spatial design, business cases for local entrepreneurs and opportunities for international companies with a focus on sustainable products and services. The online publication is available now.
Tourism is in many countries a driving force for the economy. However, it is often developed isolated from other economically relevant sectors and in many cases has a negative impact on communities, environment and other business. For Albania this is currently the case. Coastal area's have been rapidly developed for tourism in recent years with only one goal: to make money fast. Lack of planning and enforcement of regulations have lead to wild and uncontrolled development of privately owned real estate that stands abandoned for 80% of the year. Consequently esthetics and holistic vision have not been a priority resulting in unsightly buildings along large parts of the Albanian coastline.
On the other hand there is still a lot of undeveloped territory and the will to create a sustainable alternative to the devastating development of recent years. An alternative that will benefit local communities, businesses from other sectors such as construction, agro food and processing.
For Dutch private sectors Albania offers a lot of opportunities. It is close by and relatively undeveloped. For tourism it is a country that has the potential to become a preferred destination for adventurous travelers in the near future. For the food sector it offers unique products such as wild medicinal herbs and teas.
In the project the traveler and the olive grove MVO Nederland works together with Dutch partners from tourism, agriculture, spatial design and landscape architecture on a development model for a seaside area in Albania named Qeparo. The main goal is to create an example of integrated development that is sustainable for the future and provides individual entrepreneurs opportunities within a collectively designed model for development.
Read more about the project and the possibilities for partnerships in this online publication or download the PDF below. Looking for a specific chapter? You'll find it below: