3 million visitors flock to Albania this year

3 million visitors flock to Albania this year

The number of people visiting Albania has doubled since 2008, according to country's Ministry of Tourism.

In total the country welcomed 3 million tourists between January and August of 2011 with the rise in numbers being attributed to vast improvements in infrastructure and increases in the tourism and leisure industries.

And new construction projects, roads, ports and airports have all been introduced, pushing up international demand throughout the country. While 870,000 of the tourists recorded were Albanians residing abroad, 2.1 million of the 3 million were foreign citizens, indicating that overseas interest in the Balkans is still rising.

Ravin Maharajah, one of the partners at the Lalzit Bay Resort, an award winning development in the country said: "Albania is no longer a country hiding in the shadows thanks to an ever improving infrastructure and real GDP growth. Construction projects such as the $400m Tirana-Elbasan highway and increased frequency of flights most recently between London and Tirana have made huge contributions to rising tourist numbers. "

As well as this, the country has been experiencing high levels of positive publicity with the likes of legendary business magnet Donald Trump speaking of the rapidly growing Albanian property market at the RealEX conference recently." he continued

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