Despite still being viewed as a hipster destination, Albania begins to be attractive to tourists.
International flights connect Tirana airport with most destinations in the world, and low cost flights such as the Wizz Air e Easyjet , or the new flag carrier Air Albania offer flights from several Italian cities to Tirana.
Foreign media speak of Albania as a country without risks and with extraordinary natural beauty, and in recent years the testimonies have multiplied in favor. Tirana it has become a modern city where most people communicate in English or Italian, the tourist infrastructure is fair and foreign visitors can count on a peaceful and safe stay.
The Italians are more facilitated because in addition to the plane, to reach Albania, they can comfortably use the ferry from Bari, Brindisi, Ancona or Trieste.
Albania offers tourism in all seasons, where thanks to the favorable climate you can enjoy unique natural landscapes and beauties. Tourism has increased significantly in recent years and important investments have also been made in the sector. But beyond this type of tourism, there is another little known for now: medical tourism, which is growing silently, gathering many foreign visitors, according to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (Instat).
Medical tourism, the new trend in Albania
According to the most recent publication of the Albanian Institute of Statistics, the annual variation of 2019 compared to 2018 is of 138,4%. "Medical tourism" in Albania reaches very high figures, experiencing a real boom.
Private clinics in Albania are getting more and more equipped to attract potential foreign clients. Plastic surgery is one of the fields that has experienced a greater development than other interventions, because according to those in the sector, the urgency of these interventions is not high (it is not a question of health needs, unlike other interventions), therefore it offers tourists the opportunity to combine it with their stay in the country to visit the beauties of the Albanian coast and mountains.
In addition, there are many dental clinics in the country, with qualified and competent staff of dentists and cheap prices. Until now, a sector which has not been fully valued and which needs strategies to attract interested people to make the best impact on its growth
It is these characteristics that make Albania an attractive destination for this type of tourists who can find low-cost solutions.
So there are very specific reasons why Albania is emerging as one of the most popular European destinations for medical tourism. This growth is due to competitive prices, rapid access to various personalized and safe treatments, excellent medical services and teams. In addition, you can count on a perfect travel organization for customers, starting with the airport pick-up, hotel booking, contacting hospital facilities and accompanying for all visits. If necessary, the package also includes a fee intended for the treatment of the patient after hospitalization, until returning home.
Tourism in Albania is growing
In 2019, 6.406.038 foreign tourists visited Albania, an increase of 8,1% over the previous year. During 2019, Switzerland was among the countries that had the most impact on the increase in the influx of tourists to Albania, recording an increase of 18,2% (data of the Albanian Institute of Statistics - Instat )
This article was originally published in turismo.al , an Italian portal on Albanian tourism.