Last year Albania was the discovery of foreign tourists who crowded the country from south to north, using the various tourism alternatives: the sea, the mountain, the adventure or a cultural outing.
On the other hand, however, even the Albanian citizens did not remain idle, exploring different countries of the world.
It is no coincidence, in fact, that according to the data published by the Bank of Albania, the expenses of Albanian citizens abroad have reached a record value in the 2017: in total they have gone about 1,3 billion abroad, with an increase of 11% compared to the previous year.
An important figure that remains however lower than the expenses of foreign tourists in Albania, which amount to about 1,7 billion; a balance, therefore, of around 445 million, which shows significant growth from the point of view of the tourism sector for Albania, given that only five years ago, in 2013, the balance was negative and amounted to -7 million.
Tourism of the Albanians: Turkey is the preferred destination
In total 63.000 sleep the Albanian tourists who traveled to and from Turkey, specifically to Antalya, in the 2017; an exponential growth of 53% compared to 2016.
Within two years the number of Albanians who prefer to spend their holidays in Turkey has almost doubled: in 2015 the number of passengers who flew to Antalya was 35.000; in the 2016 it recorded a growth of the 16% despite the fact that Turkey had been involved in a military coup which, however, did not frighten the Albanian citizens, who indeed were attracted by more advantageous and economic prices.
Antalya, in particular, remains the favored destination for the value for money, due to the wide range of packages offered especially for families and for ease of achievement thanks to charter flights.
Number of foreigners in Albania: records in the 2017
According to statistics published by the Albanian Statistics Institute (Instat), Albania was visited by a record number of foreigners in the 2017.
In total, 5,1 million foreigners entered Albania, with an increase of 8,1% compared to 2016.
Almost half of them arrived in the Land of Eagles for tourist reasons; primarily the citizens of Kosovo, followed by Macedonians, Montenegrins, Greeks and Italians.
Growth continued for i first months of 2018, where the number of foreigners was equal to 423.000 registering a growth of 18% compared to the same period of the 2017.