Tourism Becomes Major Part of Albania’s Economy

Tourism quickly became one of the major sectors of the Albanian economy and a record number of visitors are expected to visit the country this year, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said, cited by the MIA information agency.

Tourism to Albania only began to develop after the fall of the communist regime, during which Albania was largely isolated from the region and Europe.

                                    saranda beach

The revenue from tourism in 2009 and this year, according to Berisha, has increased by 60 per cent. “In 2004, Albania received 300,000 foreign visitors, in 2009 – by 3 million, and this year is expected to be a record one. During the first week of this month, 35 per cent more tourists entered the country than in the same period of 2004,” Berisha explained.