Greece and Italy are the main destinations for about half of the Albanians who spend their holidays abroad, as reported by Instat (the Albanian Statistics Institute).
Given that it is not surprising given that about a million Albanians live and work between Greece and Italy; a value that has steadily increased since the beginning of the 90, after the collapse of the communist regime in Albania.
The Instat data
Greece was the main destination for the 28% of Albanians, who spent an average of 5,7 nights there in the 2017.
The Greek country - a destination easily accessible through several border crossings in the south-east of the country and where holidays are much cheaper than in other major European destinations - was visited by 829.000 Albanians in 2017, who often have 190 in Greece total millions of euros according to Insete (the intelligence body of the Greek tourism confederation).
Italy, on the other hand, was the destination chosen by the 20% of Albanians in the 2017, with an average stay of 9,6 days and an average expenditure of 46 € per day. In total, the Albanians who have chosen the Bel Paese are about 500.000.
Although exact figures are not available on trips to Italy, the ports of Durres and Vlora - which offer daily connections with Italian ports - had a flow of about one million passengers during the 2017; while the Rinas international airport - where more than half of the passengers travel to and from Italy - around 2,6 million.
The other destinations
The countries that border as Albania and that are characterized in large part by the Albanian ethnicity - namely Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia - are the main destinations for about 35% of the Albanians who have spent their holidays abroad in the 2017.
Among the most chosen destinations, surprisingly, there is also Germany which was the destination for the 3% of Albanians with an average stay of around 11 days, mainly due to the growing interest of Albanian residents to live and work in the main European economy .
Turkey is also becoming a tourist destination for Albanians, attracted by cheap all-inclusive packages in the tourist resorts of Turkey, which also include charter flights.
Data published by the Turkish tourism ministry show that over Albanian 107.000 visited Turkey during the first ten months of this year, an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year.
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