Skip to main content

Tourism Industry in Albania Saved By Locals

From January 1 to August, more than one million visitors from Kosovo entered Albania ensuring the survival of the Albanian tourism industry, especially in summer.

Entire families or groups of young people from Kosovo invaded the coasts of the entire Eagles Country, from Velipoja to Saranda. Obviously, for Albanian tourism, we cannot speak of profit but at least of survival, given the dramatic situation caused by Covid-19.

An enterprise that at the beginning of the summer season seemed impossible but that the local and Albanian-speaking tourism managed to complete in the summer months, as also confirmed by several tour operators:

"What makes the difference are the tourists in Kosovo, i.e. the traditional tourism that has contributed significantly to the increase in revenue. Of course, there was also an increase in foreigners from abroad, but the main one was the support of the Albanian-speaking areas.

With what we have seen so far today, a part of the hotels will manage to survive. I am talking about those hotels where there is a serious investment and which has great capacity. I do not know if the same will apply to small structures or family facilities". - said Rrahman Kasa, president of the Albanian Tourist Union for the Albanian newspaper

Saranda the main destination

Usually, the period from mid-July until the end of August is considered the peak of the tourist season. This year, however, the peak was reached only for ten days, during which the accommodation facilities reached 90% of their capacity.

The most popular destination was Saranda, whose accommodations worked with an average of 60% during the season as confirmed by the president of the Saranda Tourist Association, Arben Cipa:

"The hotels worked with an average capacity of 60% during the season. The data changed from week to week. In the first week of August, the facilities filled 50% of their capacity, while the second week of August and half of the third week fluctuated between 70% and 80%. The peak of the summer season, which is usually July 15 and August 20, was reached in just 10 days in August this year. - said Cipa for

Who are the tourists who have chosen Saranda?

Most of them were local tourists or arrived from Kosovo, but they were not even missed, although in much better numbers than other years, Poles, Belarusians, and Ukrainians.

The restrictions imposed by many foreign governments - especially northern European countries and Germany - to Albania due to Covid-19, have practically eliminated these categories of tourists from the summer season in Albania. All tourist contracts that had been concluded with tour operators of these countries before the lock-down in summer will be used next year.


Popular posts from this blog

Useful informations about albania

Useful info for your stay in Albania •  International telephone prefix :  +355 • Capital :  Tirana • Language:  Albanian-Shqip • Currency:  Albanian Lek√ę Emergency numbers Road police:  126 Police:  129 Emergency:  112 Ambulance:  127 Fire Brigade:  128 Visa regulations: What you need to know The visa policy of Albania grants 90-day visa-free entry to all Schengen Annex II nationalities, except for Dominica, East Timor, Georgia, Grenada, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Other countries which are not part of the Schengen Annex II nationalities but can travel in Albania without Visa are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Turkey. All European Union citizens, or citizens coming from Australia, Canada, Iceland, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Vatican City, USA, 

Albania moves towards legalizing recreational marijuana

Prime Minister Edi Rama said the government intends to pass the law on the legalization of medical cannabis during this parliamentary session that will close in the summer. "I said before, this is not the time to talk about this issue, but to keep the situation under control with illegal cultivation and trafficking, the situation is now under control," Rama said. "On the other hand, we have been working on this project for more than a year, to do analysis, and in fact now the conditions are ripe. Where the ideas come from, I'm not the one fighting for copyright. This is now a global trend. I know we are on time and we will push this project forward. We are in time to approve it by this parliamentary session," said the Prime Minister.

Oricum (Orikos)

Oricum is located to the right of the Vlora-Saranda national road and 42 km south of the Greek colony of Apollonia. According to Pseudo-Scymnos, the city of Oricum was established by Euboeans who, being on their way home from Troy were blown off their route by strong winds. Its geographical position made it an important harbor on the Adriatic coast. Oricum was used by the Romans in ancient times as a defensive base in the wars against the Illyrians as well as in the 3rd century B.C. against the Macedonians, who in fact occupied it in 214 B.C. Julius Caesar stationed his troops in camps there for several months, until they were taken by Pompey (Pompeius Magnus). Being in the crossroads of such influences, Oricum became a civilized urban centre, as evidenced by various archaeological ruins, such as part of an Orchestra, a small theatre, which is thought to have seated 400 spectators, traces of wall ruins and streets that are clearly seen, albeit lying under the water of the lagoon