Foreign citizens who visited Albania recorded a decline during the month of September, despite warm and sunny days that were favorable for traveling and enjoying the arrival of autumn.
Albania, tourists falling in September: -11% compared to 2018
Data from the National Statistical Institute (Instat) reported that, in September, the total number of foreign citizens arriving in Albania amounted to 591.414, about 11% less than in September 2018. On the other hand, instead, the number of Albanian citizens who have traveled abroad has increased: more than 9% compared to September 2018.
In the first nine months of the 2019, the number of foreign visitors recorded + 7,9% compared to the same period a year ago. The main cause of the September drop is attributable to tourists from Kosovo, about 37% less than in September 2018.
Kosovar tourist agency sources - reports the magazine Monitor - have confirmed that the toll from 5 euro della 'Rruga e Kombit' has discouraged travel to Albania during weekends outside the summer season.
However, tourism in September showed a rather negative trend also for visitors from other countries. According to Instat estimates, visitors from Poland reported a decrease of -19% during the month of September: a negative value that is also reflected when considering the entire period January-September 2019, like those of English visitors.
Some representatives of the Polish tourist agencies have reported to 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 considered as an economic destination since countries like Greece and Turkey offer all-inclusive packages at a lower price.
Also in September 2019, the 562.574 were the Albanian citizens who traveled abroad, recording a significant growth of 9,1%. In total, in the early months of the 2019, 4.461.255 were the Albanian citizens who left the national borders, the 9,7% more than in January-September 2018.
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