According to the Tourism World Organization report, Albania was visited by more than 3 million of foreign tourists only during the spring and summer season of 2014. Based on the published data, foreign tourists’ number increased by 20% in 2014, compared this to the number of tourists in 2013.
Speaking about Albania, the General Secretary of TWO, Taleb Rifai estimated Albania as a country full of potentials to attract foreign tourists with its natural landscapes and unspoiled beaches.
The historic and cultural background of Albania remains also unknown to the most part of tourists, and this makes the country more attractive and keen to explore. Rifai highlighted the fact that Albania offers tourism opportunities in all year’s seasons, since it has a favorable geographic location, its territory is touched by the sea in all the western part of it and is surrounded by snowline high mountains. The combination of what nature offers with the historical and cultural heritage of Albania marks a very unique opportunity for Albania to attend tourists and develop this important sector.
“Albania has diversified natural products, from mountains to seas, forests, rivers. This is the best recipe for managing the seasons. Albania also has a history that could create many pieces of history. Why shouldn’t people start to believe that sitting by the Orhid lake in winter is a special spiritual experience due to the histories that have taken place there”, declared Rifai.
According to Rifai, the Albanian government must enhance cooperation between public and private sectors in order to attract and host tourists during all seasons.