Albania is being seen by foreign tourists not only as a tourist destination that offers rare beauties, but also as a safe place after the start of mass vaccination of the population. INSTAT data show that during the first quarter of 2021, the number of foreign nationals entering Albania has increased by 1.3 times, compared to the same period of 2020, reaching 754,796 in total.
Kosovo and Switzerland are the two countries that marked the highest increase in tourists, with over 2 times. 381,389 citizens entered Kosovo from our country during the 4-month period, while 6,510 citizens from Switzerland visited Albania, as compared to 3,234 citizens who visited it for the same period of 2020.
Europe is the main source of tourists visiting Albania. Recently, however, tourists from the United States, or Asia, and especially China, have shown a significant growing interest, thus indirectly encouraging the development of other tourism sub-sectors, especially historical and cultural tourism.
Albania is a tourist destination, which has more potential than just sea and sand tourism. And the government is devising strategies to keep it open in the 12 months of the year.
Great work is being done to present the tourist offer of rural areas, Albanian cuisine, agritourism and mountain tourism, in addition to the tourist offer of cities.
In addition to the fiscal facilities undertaken, the government has also prepared a support package for all immigrants who want to come and invest in their parents ’or grandparents’ home, turning it into a guesthouse. For this investment the government gives a grant of 5 thousand euros.
Even during 2020, which was a difficult year due to limited movement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the tourism sector performed better than expected, going to 55% of its capacity, from the estimated 10% at the beginning of the season.
Tourism is seen as an important source of income generation and job creation. During 2020, the expenses of foreigners for trips to Albania are estimated at 989 million euros. While revenues from travel in 2019, the best year of tourism in the country turned out to be 2.1 billion euros.