Foreign tourists to Albania up 16% in Jan-Aug 2011.

By bne IntelliNews September 19, 2011
The number of foreigners visiting Albania increased by 16% y/y to 2.12mn in the first eight months of 2011, Albpress news agency reported citing a statement of tourism minister Aldo Bumci. Of the total, 63% were overnight guests, 26% were daily visitors and 11% were transit visitors. The highest number of foreigners came from Kosovo (51%), followed by Macedonia (11%), Montenegro (5%), Greece (5%) and Italy (5%). The number of Albanians travelling abroad stood at 870,000 in January to August. According to data from the central bank, Albanias tourism revenue fell by 2.6% y/y to EUR 416mn in the first half of 2011.

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