TIRANA, June 13
The first Belarus charter plane carrying tourists to Albania landed on Monday at Tirana International Airport (TIA). The group of 150 tourists is the first that is visiting Albania following the decision of the Albanian Council of Ministers on removing visas for a group of countries, Belarus included.
Therefore, weekly charters will fly to Tirana from Minsk until the end of September. Russian speaking countries are considered potential groups. Not only Albania, but the entire region of the Balkans aim at attracting them. Belarus tourists are expected to increase the number of visitors to Albania. Meanwhile, the first charter from Ukraine landed on TIA on June 9.
A welcoming ceremony was held in the airport premises upon the arrival of the Belarussian tourists. In the frame of the new tourist season, the Albanian Council of Ministers decided to remove visas for the citizens of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Georgia, Qatar, and Oman for the period May 31 to November 15, 2017.
According to official data from the Institute of Statistics, (INSTAT), the number of tourists that visited Albania during the first fourth months of 2017 was 13.7 percent higher compared to the same period of 2016.
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