Project “Peaks of the Balkans” in the WTTC’s Final Selection

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Tourist project “Peaks of the Balkans”, implemented in the tree-border region of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, is in the finals, that is, among the 3 top candidates competing for the award of the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC): “Tourism for Tomorrow Awards”.

This award is granted for the most successful implementation of sustainable forms of tourism at a specific destination. This project is implemented by Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, under the auspices of ORF (Open Regional Fund for Foreign Trade) financed by the German Government, implemented by GIZ, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, National Tourism Organization and Municipality Plav, which are the partners on Montenegrin side. 

The finalists, apart from the project “Peaks of the Balkans” are also the Singapore “Sentosa Development Corporation” and the project of the Tourist Council of Bhutan. 

This project makes the basis for tourism valorization of the area in the cross-border triangle of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro as a unique tourist destination. Tourists can enjoy in the most beautiful mountain routes, natural attractions and legacy of various cultures. 

This project has recognized and established the central hiking trail “Peaks of the Balkans”, which connects villages in all three countries. Length of the trail is 192 km, the trail is marked, signalization is set and guide book and map for the trail have been developed. General standards have been defined for the purpose of a joint promotion of the region and trail maintenance. 

The procedure of border crossing for tourists at unofficial border crossings has been arranged as well as the security system on the mountains. 

Once again we would like to mention that Montenegro was the finalist for this prestigious award in the category of Destination Management in 2011 again. Winner will be announced at the WTTC Annual Summit in April in Abu Dhabi.