During the festival, participants will have a chance to be part of thematic forums connected with active lifestyle, sports, adventure, photography, and tourism.

Sustainable Tourism Development

This forum will focus on addressing everyday issues that this sector faces and will try to explore the main challenges related to tourism promotion, rural development and capacity management.

This is a complex sector, with a number of economic, environmental, social, and political challenges which require adequate management and public policies. Those taking part will include the following:

  • Ministry of the Environment 
  • Himara Municipality
  • Ministry of Culture
  • Tour Operators
  • Private Sector
  • NGOs
  • Local Community
Sustainable Tourism Development
Impact of COVID-19 in Tourism

Impact of COVID-19 in Tourism

Due to restrictions imposed in March when coronavirus was spreading rapidly around the world, international travel came to a screeching halt in April and May, resulting in international tourist arrivals that trailed the previous year’s by almost 60 percent through the first five months of 2020. 

The forum will explore the main challenges that Albanian tourism enterprises are facing during this unprecedented time, as well as how organisations and others are managing this difficult period and preparing for recovery.

Tourism Eco Forum

Tourism brings millions of visitors to Albania and the South region every year. In addition to its economic value, this activity has impacts on culture, local society and the environment that require reflection and action so that we can reduce negative impact and enhance benefits.

This forum aims to enrich discussions and debates about the potential to transition toward  more sustainable rural tourism and raise awareness with the general public and engage the authorities, the tourism industry, and social actors in the tourism sector by encouraging more creative solutions in Albania and south region.

Tourism Eco Forum

Trusted Partners

South Outdoor Festival is realized in strong partnership with the Albanian best Tour Operators who have been working in tourism sector for years, specializing active tourism and receiving awards for developing new tourist products and events within their businesses. The festival is strongly supported from GIZ Albania in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism and Environment, National Tourism Agency, Himara Municipality.

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