Tourism contributes significantly to Albania’s national revenue. It contributed for 6% of GDP directly in 2014, but when indirect contributions are included in, the percentage rises to little more than 20%. In 2012, Albania received about 4.2 million tourists, the majority of whom came from neighboring nations and the European Union. The New York Times ranked Albania as the fourth best worldwide tourism destination. In 2014, the number of visitors rose by 20% as well.
The Adriatic and Ionian Sea coasts are home to the majority of the tourism sector. The latter, known as the Albanian Riviera, features the most stunning and clean beaches. The Albanian coastline stretches over 360 kilometers (220 miles), including the lagoon region. The coast has a distinct personality due to its abundance of sandy beaches, capes, coves, covered bays, lagoons, tiny gravel beaches, sea caves, and so on. Some sections of this seashore are extremely pristine environmentally, representing in this potential undiscovered regions, which are very uncommon in the Mediterranean area.
The number of international tourists has increased dramatically. Albania had just 500,000 tourists in 2005, but an anticipated 4.2 million in 2012 – a 740 percent growth in only 7 years.
Seventy percent of Albania’s topography is hilly, and valleys stretch in a magnificent mosaic of woods, meadows, and springs surrounded by high peaks covered with snow till late summer sweeps across them.
Albanian Alps, a mountain range in Northern Albania that is part of the Prokletije or Accursed Mountains range, with the highest mountain summit. Dajti Mountain, Thethi, Tropoj, Voskopoja, Valbona, Kelmend, Prespa, Lake Koman, Dukat, and Shkrel are the most attractive mountainous areas that visitors may readily visit.
National parks and World Heritage Sites
There are many tourist industry organizations, such as ATA, Unioni, and so on.
Albania has two World Heritage Sites (Berat and Gjirokastr are both recognized).
- Butrint, an ancient Greek and Roman city.
- Gjirokastr, an Ottomanmedieval town that has been beautifully maintained
- Berat is known as the “Town of a Thousand and One Windows.”
Albania’s UNESCO Tentative List is as follows:
- Gashi River and Rrajca (later part of Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park) are located in primeval Carpathian beech woods and old German beech forests.
- Durrës Amphitheatre
- Ancient Tombs of Lower Selca
- Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region
- Ancient City of Apollonia
The majority of foreign visitors visiting Albania come from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, and Italy. Foreign visitors mainly come from Eastern Europe, especially Poland and the Czech Republic, but they also come from Western European nations including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Scandinavia, and others.