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The Hidden Secret of Europe with It's Own Beauty...Albania

With empty beaches and bargain prices, its Adriatic coast could be the ultimate traveler destination...
Ask someone to give you their list of "paradise" destinations and Albanians probably one of the least likely places to crop up. But as I drop my bags, kick off my flip-flops and dive into a turquoise sea, the "P" word is the only way to describe what I'm seeing. Read Moore

(Courtesy of the Observer)

Friday, August 8, 2008 Albanian Tourism
-- Promising Investment? On August 5th, the Southeast European Times published an article titled "Albanian tourism on the rise." The article reported a 20% increase in June in tourist visits to Albania compared with the same period last year. While the numbers might be questionable  Read More

This content was commissioned for SETimes.com

In recent years, an increasing number of foreign tourists are visiting Albania. The country has become a regional tourist destination after shaking off its prolonged communist-era isolation, during which it fell into obscurity.  Read Moore

Tourism increase in a part of the world where you could discover nature enjoyment!!!!

This year, Albanian tourism is positioned to leap forward with increased industry and investor attention. One sign of this is growing demand for information about tourism development trends that the Albania Enterprise Development and Market Export Services project (EDEM) is receiving. EDEM is sponsored by the US Agency for International Development.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM REPORTS 28 PERCENT INCREASE

For the first nine months of 2006, the Albanian Ministry of Tourism reported total international arrivals of 560,000, a 28 percent increase over 2005. Arrivals from Finland, France, UK, Holland and Austria grew more than 100 percent and Germany 68 percent. Albania’s Kosovo, Macedonia, Italy, Greece, Germany and the UK comprise Albania's top six inbound markets.

The National Tourism Organization is launching a new tourism information portal after ITB.

The Bank of Albania reported that in 2006, tourism played a vital role for the national economy. The sector generated 614 million euros, which represented 69 percent of hard currency earnings, a 19 percent increase over 2005. Similarly, for 2006, the World Travel & Tourism Council reported that Albania ranked ninth among 174 countries for tourism growth over the next 10 years with 2006 expected to result in 11.2 percent growth and 138,000 jobs.

EU STABILIZATION AGREEMENT EXPECTED TO BENEFIT TOURISM

Tourism is expected to benefit from the Interim Stabilization and Association Agreement, which was signed with the European Union on December 1, 2006. According to the EU Stabilization and Association Process (SAP) website, SAP is “the European Union's policy towards the Western Balkans, established with the aim of European integration. Western Balkan countries are involved in a progressive partnership with a view to stabilizing the region and the eventual establishment of a free-trade area. The SAP sets out common political and economic goals although progress evaluation is based on countries' own merits.”
Improved road and border crossings with Montenegro are also expected to help boost tourism.

ALBANIA PROPOSES NEW TOURISM LAW

The Albanian Ministry of Tourism has proposed a new tourism law, which is expected to benefit the growth and development of Albanian tourism. It is currently under consideration by Albania’s Parliament.
The law emphasizes sustainable tourism development, particularly in local level planning, as well as environmental protection and natural resource management.  Read More

AIRLINE AND AIRPORT NEWS

Passenger arrivals at Tirana International Airport reached more than 900,000 – a 15 percent increase over 2005. This growth can be attributed, in part, to four airlines beginning scheduled service to Tirana: British Airways, German wings, Belle Air and My Air.
Tirana Airport Partners has announced that the new terminal at the “Mother Tereza” International Airport will be completed in April. One million passengers are expected in 2008.

PORT NEWS

Albania’s Ministry of Public Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications has reported that the new passenger terminal in the Port of Durres will be able to receive up to two million passengers per year when it is completed. The port is in the process of being certified by the International Security Port Standards certification organization.