The number of foreign nationals who entered the Albanian territory during August increased by 26.9 % compared with the same period last year.Considering the 8 month period January-August, according to INSTAT data, the number of foreigners has been increased by 16.8 %, in other words, Albania has been visited by 4,397,638 foreigners. Most visitors have come for tourism.Germany is the country with the highest number of citizens visiting Albania, an increase of 82.5 %, while Montenegrin citizens have had the lowest number, 63.5 %.
During August, there was an increase of foreigners for business purposes or religious purposes.On the other hand, the number of Albanian citizens leaving the territory of Albania during August 2018 was 688.559 compared to August 2017. The number increased by 1.3%. The number of Albanian citizens leaving our territory in the eighth month of 2018 turned out to be 3,550,502, up 3.2% compared to the same period of the previous year. INSTAT figures confirm the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) forecasts, which announced a total increase of Albanian tourism during 2018.In a general analysis, the WTTC mentions the impact of Albanian tourism on Gross Domestic Product, employment, the number of visitors and the total investment.WTTC predicts growing of all these factors.According to it, the direct tourism contributions in GDP during 2017 were 134.1 billion ALL (USD 1,124.1 million), or 8.5% of total GDP, while for 2018 it is projected an increase of 3.9% and an increase of 4.7% per year over the period 2018-2028.This growth will reach ALL 220.4 billion (USD 1,847.2 million) or 9.3% of total GDP in 2028.
According to WTTC, the total contribution for 2017 was ALL 414.2 billion (USD 3,471.9 million) or 26.2% of GDP, and the forecast is an increase of 4.4% in 2018 and an increase of 4.7% a year to ALL 684.2 billion (USD 5.735.0 million) or 28.9% of GDP in 2028.
Meanwhile, the direct contribution to tourism employment during 2017 was 93,500 jobs (7.7% of total employment). This is expected to increase by 3.3% in 2018 as well as an increase of 1.4% annually in 111,000 jobs (8.8% of total employment) in 2028.
In 2017, the total tourism contribution to employment, including indirectly supported jobs by industry, was 24.1% of total employment (291,500 jobs).