In January 2009, Qender Commune was involved in the process of drafting the Strategic Plan for Tourism Development to define a clear vision for the future of the commune and to plan the action steps and necessary resources to achieve that vision. Drafting of the Strategic Plan for Tourism Development was accomplished through an open and transparent process, which involved the commune staff, commune council representatives, heads of villages, stakeholders’ focus groups, representatives of business community, citizens, experts of various areas, archeologists, urban planners, historians, and representatives of Vlora Region. Albanian Development Fund (ADF) has funded drafting of the SPTD in the frame of Community Works Project III, while the Urban Research Institute in Tirana has drafted it. The leading philosophy of Qender Commune in this initiative consists in the adoption of the tourism sustainable development approach by paying attention to environment protection.

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