The number of foreign citizens who visited Albania in the first eight months of 2019 up to August showed an increase in 10,8% on an annual basis, reaching a total of 4,87 million people according to data published by the Albanian statistical institute (INSTAT).
As might be expected, the month of August was the most touristic in the country to date in the 2019. In total, 1.556.826 were foreign citizens entering Albania (2.256.761 the total number combined with that of Albanian citizens), growing by 7,4% compared to August 2018.
Most foreigners came from Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Greece and Italy; visitors from these countries who are also the ones who recorded the sharpest annual increase in August 2019. if we consider, instead, the first eight months of the 2019, it is the visitors of Switzerland (+ 16,9%), Kosovo (+ 14,9%) and Germany (+ 13,2%) that have recorded the sharpest annual growths.
On the other hand, both considering only the month of August and the entire year of 2019, it is the visitors of Poland who have registered the greatest decrease on an annual basis (-19,6% in August and - 13,3% in the period January- August).
Maciej Sokalski, coordinator of a Polish agency and resident in Durres, confirmed for Monitor magazine that the Albanian packages are falling, since last year they reached a relatively expensive level and, for this reason, the Country of the Eagles is no longer regarded as an economic destination.
Kosovo Albanians ranked first
Unlike last year - when the Kosovo Albanians had not shown the traditional interest in the Land of Eagles during the summer - Kosovo returned to "dominate" the ranking of foreign tourists in Albania.
Only in the month of August, around 781 thousand Albanians from Kosovo entered Albania, recording an increase of 16,5% compared to August of a year ago. Tourists accounted for around 40% of total admissions.
Followed by Kosovo tourists from Macedonia (520.000 in total in 2019,), Greeks (401.000 in total), Italians (346.000 in total), Montenegrins (240.000), Germans (115.000) and Poles (105.000 ).
Tourism in Albania is also pushing the economy of Kosovo itself, with several companies starting up in coastal towns like Shengjin (Lezhe). There are more than 250 activities that live only during the three summer months of the tourist season.