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Kruja

The AADF chose the city of Kruja, the most visited city in Albania for the establishment of the first TID in order to help promote tourism and to ensure preservation of cultural heritage resources. The project will focus on the the restoration of the buildings in the Old Bazaar including roofs, facades, lighting and signage, underground works and improvement of cobblestones. The AADF will provide advisory services and grants to businesses operating in the area as well as institutional support. A TID association has already been created by the AADF, Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Kruja and business owners from the Bazaar. Its objectives will be to promote as well as manage the TID area. Promotional activities will also be carried out for locally produced foods and other goods in and around the city.

"The AADF gives me the chance to watch my dream become a reality, there is no better feeling than coming to work each day to implement projects that make Albania a better place." Oltion Dervishi, Entrepreneurship Manager

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  • 02.17.2017

    TID Kruja Assembly Meeting

    TID Kruja Assembly Meeting

    On 15 February 2017 BID Kruja Association organized an Assembly Meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of Kruja Municipality, the businesses association in this zone and the representatives from AADF. During the meeting, the parties discussed and approved the actual budget for the year 2016, the draft budget for the year 2017 and the strategic plan for the year 2017 – 2018, there were also approved a few amendments to the statute, and it was elected a new board with 4 representatives of various businesses.

    Later on, a meeting was held in the Kruja Bazaar to assess in advance with some architects the situation of the shops inside.

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  • 01.20.2017

    Participation of TID Kruja Craftsman in CMT Stuttgart fair

    Participation of TID Kruja Craftsman in CMT Stuttgart fair

    Members of TID Kruja participated in the international tourism fair organized from CMT Stuttgart during the period January 13-18 2017. During their stay, there were exposed craft products and production techniques, which are a characteristic of artisans from Kruja Bazaar. The participation of TID Kruja members in the fair was sponsored from the AADF and the Albanian National Agency for Tourism (AKT).

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  • 12.22.2016

    “Artizanët e Krujës” Project

    “Artizanët e Krujës” Project

    On December 20, 2016, AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, and Minister for Urban Development, Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni, were presented with the results so far of the project “Artizanët e Krujës”, financed from the AADF and implemented from the Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania (CHwB Albania). They also got familiar with the products developed from the artisans through this project. Following, the invitees participated in the fashion show “Traditional Costumes Fashion Day” organized from TID Kruja Association and co-financed by AADF. The fashion event occurred in “Gjergji Kastrioti Skënderbeu” national museum, where were exhibited traditional costumes from the region of Kruja, and new modern costumes, with Albanian traditional motifs, designed from Mrs. Gerta Oparaku and handmade fashion apparel by the artisans of Kruja Bazaar.

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  • 11.03.2016

    TID Kruja Study Tour in Shkodra and Sarajevo

    TID Kruja Study Tour in Shkodra and Sarajevo

    More than 25 artisans from Kruja Bazaar participated in a five day study tour in Shkodra and Sarajevo. They visited the artisan shop of Mjeda family in Shkodra, more than three artisan associations in Sarajevo, who originally use felt and wool for their handmade products, and also participated in a guided tour of the city of Sarajevo. The study tour, financed from AADF, is part of the Artisan project implemented from the Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) Foundation in Albania.

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  • 02.19.2016

    TID Kruja Update Meeting

    TID Kruja Update Meeting

    A meeting took place between Minister of Urban Development, Ms. Eglantina Gjermeni, Mayor of Kruja, Mr. Artur Bushi and the AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli. The TID Kruja project was the focus of the discussion with a focus on the completion of the first restoration phase sponsored by the AADF. The cooperation between stakeholders was evaluated and the next steps of the collaboration were discussed.

    The meeting continued with discussions which included members of the TID Kruja Association regarding progress made and concrete goals for the support and consolidation of the TID association. A presentation was given by the Cultural Heritage without Borders organization addressing the 13-month consultancy which would be offered to bazaar artisans in Kruja in order to help improve the quality of their products.

    A trip was taken to the TID zone in the Old Bazaar to see the artisanal work of the vendors and to learn about recent developments in the area.

    The AADF is currently implementing the other components of the project including: consultancy services for artisans of Kruja to increase their capacity for producing local products, small grants for purchasing equipment to produce local products, an informational office for tourists, signage for tourists and security cameras in the Bazaar are, and support of strengthening the TID Kruja association.

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  • 04.14.2015

    Inauguration of the Renovation of the Kruja Bazaar TID

    Inauguration of the Renovation of the Kruja Bazaar TID

    The inauguration ceremony for the end of construction work at the Kruja Bazaar TID was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi, Minister of Urban Development, Eglantina Gjermeni, Mayor of Kruja, Shkëlzen Hoxha and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff. With more than 100,000 visitors each year, the city of Kruja was the perfect city for a TID project which would help increase the commercial value of its cultural heritage assets. The infrastructure portion of the project focused on the renovation of roofs, facades, cobble-stoned streets, and improved street lighting in the Kruja Bazaar.

  • 11.03.2014

    Work in Progress at Kruja TID

    Work in Progress at Kruja TID

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  • 10.16.2014

    Inauguration of the Beginning of Restoration Work for the Kruja TID

    Inauguration of the Beginning of Restoration Work for the Kruja TID

    The AADF in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism, Kruja Municipality and local businesses from Kruja are collaborating to establish a Tourism Improvement District (TID) in Kruja.  The AADF chose the most visited city in Albania for the establishment of the first TID in order to help promote tourism and to ensure preservation of cultural heritage resources.  TIDS are managed through a non-profit steering association which coordinates between businesses and the local government.  These associations are powerful funding tools which help hotels, local artisans, and other businesses increase revenues in areas which are turned into local destinations.  The AADF will contribute $800,000 to the project which will be completed in two years.

  • 09.04.2014

    TID Kruja Memorandum of Understanding is Signed

    TID Kruja Memorandum of Understanding is Signed

    The AADF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry for Urban Planning and Tourism, Municipality of Kruja and business representatives for the implementation of the Tourism Improvement Districts in the Bazaar of Kruja. The project includes restoration of the roofs and facades, cobbled stones, lights, fire systems as well as the creation of a business association which promotes locally produced handicraft products. The project is anticipated to start by October 2014 and will be finalized in two years.