The cultural and historical tourism in Albania refers to that kind of tourism where the tour group visits historical places and buildings, cultural institutions, paying attention to Albanians’ way of living, in order to understand their history, culture, traditions etc. Its purpose is not only to share and enjoy the arts, culture and tradition and visit historical places of the country with significant culture and heritage assets, but also it generates economic value. Thus, the historical and cultural tourism is an important industry to conserve and realise the value of Albanian heritage as well as a creator of jobs and investment.
The Albanian cultural and historical tourism faces a lack of experience in the field and it poses many problems toward developing a sustainable approach. The students will be divided into four groups and are required to visit the National History Museum in Tirana, the Museum of Ethnography in Kruja, the Museum of Archaeology in Durres, historical sites, like the Venetian Torra, the Amphitheatre in Durres, the castle of Kruja and the Old Bazaar, the castle of Petrala and the Tabak bridge in Tirana etc. with the purpose of making observations, gathering data and analysing information, and finally they are asked to write a fieldwork report giving solutions to real problems.
The students will present their projects in the presence of representatives from the cultural institutions and historical sites mentioned above in order to cooperate in finding better solutions to a sustainable change. Through participating in the observation, the students and the stakeholders can exchange ideas how to successfully retain distinctiveness of the historic towns and cities; how to manage the environment and climate change aimed at preserving the historical heritage and optimise the benefits of tourism.
Thus, the sustainable education in cultural and historical tourism in Albania, whose goal is to foster the collaboration between science and society, on the one hand emphasizes the importance of well-educated and motivated students, and on the other hand, the necessity to build bridges of communication between universities and stakeholders, such as museums, historical sites etc. Because the opportunity for mutual learning and cooperation between students and cultural institutions, help design a clear plan of action to inward investment and maximise the benefits and finally build a sustainable cultural and historical tourism industry.