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IntoAlbania - Call for Expression of Interest

IntoAlbania invites for cooperation existing or start-up tourism hospitality businesses with novel ideas that will transform their activity through adopting authentic traditional Albanian elements. IntoAlbania project is funded by USAID and Sweden. It will support and promote tourism businesses that deliver authentic tourism experiences and truly reflect the character of Albanian hospitality.

Qualified tourism entrepreneurships will be supported through consultancy services in Architecture, Access to Finance and Marketing & Management. The aim of this initiative is to encourage sustainable growth of authentic hospitality businesses that deliver a unique and authentic experience to their visitors.

IntoAlbania offers:

IntoAlbania will support tourism businesses through the following technical assistance:

• Architectural Services: Consultancy in identification of local cultural elements and application of traditional architecture; Development of detailed architectural design project; On-site follow up of the project and investment.

• Access to Finance Services: Prepare Business Development Plans; Technical assistance in identification of potential sources of funds and financing; Support in applications for loans; grants or alternative sources of finance.

• Marketing, PR and Management Services: Prepare Marketing Plans; Assist development of online and social media presence; Creation and design of branding and visual identity, Promotion and marketing.

The costs of consultancy services will be covered by IntoAlbania project.

Eligibility for Application and Selection Criteria

The business or investment must fall in any of these categories: Hotel, Hostel, Guesthouse, Traditional Restaurant or Accommodation House with Cultural Heritage Values. IntoAlbania will partner with hospitality providers that are committed to make financial investments and have novel and original ideas to achieve them. Beneficiaries will be selected based on several criteria such as: Authenticity of Business and Investment Idea, Management and Financial Capacity, and Business Potential for Sustainability.

Application Instructions

To apply, complete the Application Form, which must be sent along with all the accompanying documents listed in the Form at the e-mail address: info@cbs.al, with the subject: IntoAlbania. The deadline for submission is November 10, 2017.

For any questions regarding the application please contact us at: info@cbs.al before October 31st 2017.

Click here to download the Application Form.