ALBANIA RAFTING GROUP IS THE FIRST TOURISM AND SPORT ORGANIZATION IN ALBANIA, FOUNDER OF ALBANIAN RAFTING FEDERATION, MEMBER WITH FULL RIGHTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION.
PASSION FOR NATURE AND SPORT TURNED INTO A MISSION. THE MISSION TO PROMOTE ALBANIA DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE RAFTING ACTIVITY BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH RESPECT FOR NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
THROUGH ITS ACTIVITIES, ALBANIA RAFTING GROUP HAS HELPED IN DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE OUTDOOR TOURISM ATTRACTING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF TOURISTS IN REMOTE AREAS AND EXTENDING THE TIME OF THEIR STAY IN ALBANIA.
The first ideas for the development of rafting in Albania born in 1985, when Zamo Spathara today President of Albanian Rafting Federation, went to Hambull, a village in Skrapar, at the edge of the Osum River. He started immediately and adventure with the wheels of trucks, exploring for the first time Osumi Canyons. Everything started from the dream of one man, followed by the tireless actions of hundreds of young people full of faith who made possible the presentation of AlbaniaNext, a place to explore, in the middle of Europe.
The Albania Rafting Group (ARG) is the leading adventure tourism company in the Republic of Albania. It has been instrumental in the creation of the Albanian Rafting Federation (ARF), which regulates rafting in Albania, promotes high standards in activity tourism and works with other stakeholders to market Albania as a major adventure tourism destination in Europe. It has developed a concept for the Albanian Adventure Resort (AAR) in Skrapar District in Berat County. The proposed location offers an abundance of possibilities for adventure activities, including rafting in the nearby Osumi Canyon, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing and numerous other outdoor sports.
The purpose of the ARG would be to generate income for the ARF through commercial activities, which would help to enhance standards across all adventure sports in Albania and raise the profile of Albania as an adventure sports destination. The benefits would include the development of new tourism products for Albania, the training and development of adventure guides, support for the incubation and growth of rural enterprises and job creation, including for women and young people.
Albania is consistently ranked amongst the Top 5 Adventure Tourism Destinations in Europe. The Albanian Adventure Resort is the jewel in the crown of Albania’s visitor economy; it is rated as the top centre in the Balkans for rafting and training, and it is renowned for being a world class model of sustainability and luxury.
These mountains provide an opportunity for tourists to see the religious history and heritage of the entire region and also provide the possibility of exploring pristine wilderness in unspoiled lands. Encompassing all experience within Albania, international consumers to the “Albania Rafting Group” have the ability to sample local cuisine and culture through an array of dining options. The food of Albania is very distinctive and localised to specific regions of the country creating a diverse culinary experience.
The lack of economic and educational opportunities in rural areas of Albania has led to high levels of urban migration. The Albania Rafting Group (ARG) hopes to develop tourism year round and have the benefits from tourism improve the rural economy. In partnership with the Ministry of Sport and Education, ARG is building an eco-adventure park in the Skrapar region in southern Albania. Our project, through a free listing exercise and survey, identified adventure activities to make the resort an attractive destination. We provided detailed plans for a ropes course and an obstacle course that included information on elements, location, safety, and construction.