Tirana, February 10, 2016
Tour operators require more investments and funds from the government for the promotion of Albania’s tourism potential. In a meeting with the head of the National Tourism Agency, Ardit Collaku, representatives of private tour companies claimed that the government should increase funds for the promotion of Albania as a tourism destination, given that tourism is one of the most important sectors for the country’s economy.
The representatives of tourism associations and tour operators also claimed that Albania applies the highest level of VAT in the tourism sector (currently, 20%), compared to the regional countries. They also required the establishment of a transparent database of the number of tourists that enter in Albania during the year, in order to have real statistics on the trends of foreign and Albanian tourists that visit Albania. Such database can be created by a close collaboration between the government and tour agencies.
In turn, the head of the National Tourism Agency, Ardit Collaku, said that the new law on tourism predicts the establishment of the Tourism Inspectorate, a new institution that will find and prepare real statistics regarding the tourism sector and will be responsible for the certification process of hotels and restaurants that operate in tourism areas.
News source/photo credits: ATA