A fellow blogger (Marco Borboni) recently posted on his blog “Fellow of Eagles” the results of a report prepared for UNDP Albania presenting the “2007 Seasonal Tourism Survey at Cultural and Natural Sites in Albania“. I have not had the chance to read it extensively, but it seemed interesting enough to post about it.
Here is an extract:
“Albania is a promising tourist destination, experiencing incredible growth of international arrivals in the last few years. The Albanian government is aware of this trend, indicated by the inclusion of promoting cultural tourism and ecotourism in its tourism strategy. Unfortunately there is very little reliable data collected, creating a foggy picture of the current situation.
Detailed information on the profiles of visitors will create a better understanding of the market forces, facilitating Albania’s position in the world tourism market and the attraction of investments.
For this reason, the Government of Albania, in partnership with UNDP’s Eco and Cultural Tourism Support Programme in 2007 implemented a seasonal survey in four destinations which currently exhibit the first signs of quality tourism: Berat and Gjirokastra, historic and wellpreserved cultural cities; Butrint, an archeological World Heritage Site; and the National Park of Theth, an unspoiled and very attractive natural mountainous area.”