Local cuisine as tourism offer of cross-border region

About the project

Gastronomy, as the essence of culture and a major element of intangible heritage worldwide, is a growing driver for tourists. Gastronomy tourism helps to brand and market destinations; and assists in maintaining and preserving local tradition and diversity, harnessing and rewarding authenticity. It also enhances local economic development, sustainable practices and food experiences.

This project was aimed at including local gastronomy into the overall tourism offer of the cross-border area, covering Municipality of Berane, Andrijevica, Plav, Gusinje, Petnjica and Rozaje in Montenegro; and Municipality of Puke in Albania.

It helped include traditional local recipes in the offer of the local tourism industry and create thematic, gastronomy routes. Also, local gastronomy offers are promoted and marketed – local restaurants and hotels offering these dishes were branded, so that guests are informed which places provide local, traditional food. In short, this project provided a platform for all stakeholders to cooperate on the topic of local cuisine, traditional dishes and typical products which further enriched tourism offer, contributed to preserving the cultural heritage and enhanced economic development in both, Montenegro and Albania.


Dummy Grant


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Local cuisine as tourism offer of cross-border region
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Municipality of Berane, Andrijevica, Plav, Gusinje, Petnjica and Rozaje in Montenegro; Municipality of Puke in Albania
Regional Development Agency for Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije
Partners: National Tourism Organization of Montenegro; Municipality of Puke; NGO Eco Partners for Suistanable Development

Success story

Local cuisine as tourism offer of cross-border region

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