The Skopje Urban Living Lab, which operates under the framework of the ROCK project, conducted a survey about tourist experiences in Skopje’s Old Bazaar. The survey was undertaken in July – August 2019, and it included questions on what the tourists had and hadn’t liked about Skopje’s Old Bazaar and their suggestions for improving the state of the area.
Tourists from 28 countries participated in the survey and shared their opinions about Old Bazaar. For example, a tourist from the UK commented: “Amazing mixture of traders, products and a range of ethnicity of customers. It seemed like a small heaven away from the commercialized global world allowing us to see authentic aspects of daily life”.
The survey was organized by the Faculty of Architecture of the SS. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Its objective was to contribute to the revitalization of Skopje Old Bazaar as well as to its promotion as an important cultural site and a vibrant city attraction, with various cultural, content, and recreational functions for visitors. A place in the city that has all the necessary ingredients for a perfect story, Skopje’s Old Bazaar has always had charm and appealed to tourists as a beautiful place to take a walk, shoot photos, and buy some authentic traditional craftworks.
The results of the survey will be used for the development of future projects and programs for the Old Bazaar area in the Sector for Local Economic Development of the City of Skopje.