TIRANA, April 10
The first Mediterranean Tourism Fair was organized in Tirana during the weekend thus making Albania part of the countries of the region that organize important tourism fairs. Tour operators from Albania, Italy, Kosovo, Greece, Macedonia and Montenegro attended the event that took place a few days after the Albanian government decided to cut the Value Added Tax (VAT) for accommodation facilities to six percent. This decision is expected to boost investment in the sector.
Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Entrepreneurship Milva Ekonomi said that about 4.7 million tourists travelled to Albania during 2016, or 15 percent more compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, revenues for the tourism industry reached the all-time high of € 1.5 billion.
Some 120 tour operators organized in 72 stands showcased their offers on Saturday and Sunday. Each of the Albanian municipalities from Malesi e Madhe to Saranda made its presentation. They showcased various products like traditional costumes, cooking, and handicraft products.
Representatives of tour agencies praised this initiative while they highlighted that more investments especially on education about tourism.
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