TIRANA, June 20
Albania is being promoted by international media as the next best tourist destination. All the articles and posts about Albania besides the tourism potential also highlights the quality-price ratio. Official data from the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) confirmed that the number of tourists from the European and worldwide target market has increased. Thus, the number of international tourists that visited Albania in 2016 increased by 20 percent.
Tourist arrivals reached 2,009,000 in June-August 2015. Meanwhile, some 2,376,000 tourists visited the country in June-August 2016.
During both years, most tourists arriving in Albania came from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, etc.
In the meantime, figures show an increased number of visitors from England, Poland, Germany, France, and Sweden.
The number of tourists from Ukraine during 2016 increased by 111 percent, visitors from Sweden increased by 63 percent, Norwegian by 33 percent, Bulgarian by 42 percent, Polish by 30 percent, and Croatian by 22 percent.
Albanian officials for many years have tried to change tourism geography and attract more visitors from other markets beyond the region. So far most tourist arrivals came from Kosovo, Macedonia, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, England, Poland, the US, Germany, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Serbia, Sweden, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the end of this season, it will be possible to notice if the tourism geography has changed.
News Source: Scan TV