Social Enterprise

Since May 2014, GO2 has established a social enterprise focused in tourism sector which aims to create cycling tours packages in Shkoder region. As there is a lack of such a tourist product (cycling tours) in this area rich in cultural&natural heritage, it will produce competitive tourist supplies based in high European standards.

They will be included at European network of cycling routes, in EuroVelo 8, the Mediterranean corridor (www.eurovelo.com), where GO2 is representative of Albania, as a national coordinator. Inasmuch as Shkoder has a cycling culture movement, creating cycling tour packages around Shkoder region provides a model for other areas all around Albania, such as: Vlora and Korca. Till now we get exploring different routes not far away than 30-50km from Shkoder.

The incomes generated either by social enterprise or by different funds are serving to generate income for local inhabitants in this undeveloped area; to increase local capacities (mainly in rural areas) as for ex: local guides or incitement in domestic investment from the businesses (such as bars, restaurants, accomodations, services) or the farmers; to raise the awareness of the inhabitants and mostly of the domestic tourists related to the value of nature and tangible/intangible culture that Shkoder surrounding areas contains; to understand 'bicycle' not only as a mean of transportation in everyday life, but also as one of the best adventure tourism and social cohesion.

The National Competition “Green Ideas, 2014”was organized in Tirana by “Partners Albania”. Green ideas competition aims to support initiatives that promote social inclusion (through integration and employment) and local economic development through ideas that are environmentally friendly. The third winner project ‘Castle2Castle’ is getting implemented by “GO2” organization and aims to promote eco-tourism through cycling tour in a two-day tourist package from Rozafa Castle to Drisht Castle, in Shkoder region.

"GO2” took the third place in the Annual Balkans Competition “Philantropy for Green Ideas, 2014”, supported by the Rockfeller Brothers Fund (RBF) with the project “Castle2Castle”, among 5 countries. It aims to establish a social enterprise and supply bike tours in Shkoder city (urban area) and in surroundings (rural areas). The project’s main goals are the youth employment and a better tourist supply throughout the competitive tourism sector in the Balkans Region.

“Water and Stones” project is one of two winning ideas of Tourist Innovation Award 2015, at the competition organized in Shkoder region, by Helvetas Swiss Intercoorporation, Risi Albania. The project idea is created by GO2 and aims to develop a tourist package focused on ecotourism, more specifically in cycling. It is one segment of EuroVelo8 –the Mediterranean Bike Route. It would last 8-day (+1 day optional) in Shkoder rural areas -by promoting the natural and cultural values of the surroundings.