17 January 2008
- The Inter Press Service (IPS) has recently published Unknown Albania
, a compilation of all the
articles about Albania that have been written by independent journalists from the IPS
European network and published on the IPS web site, in special
publications, newsletters and by way of translations among others into
Dutch, German and Spanish.
IPS has been publishing articles on Albania since a group of international IPS journalists travelled to Albania in June, to explore the country through the lens of culture and the environment. They also met with Albanian journalists who were invited to contribute stories. The IPS has established a web site called Case study: Albania - Culture end evironmental tourism
, where the articles are published.
According to Ramesh Jaura, IPS European Director, in the six months since the special web site went online, thousands of people from around the world have visited it. Nearly one quarter of a million page views underline the great interest IPS has created in Albania's cultural and environmental tourism efforts. UNDP Albania is working closely with the Government of Albania, in partiucular with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports and the National Tourism Organization to implement the country's eco and cultural tourism strategy. UNDP is assisting the Government to create the right circumstances for tourism driven development, as well as providing assistance to local tourism development.