Tirana-Budapest Low-cost Flights Launched

Win Air's new low-cost flight route from Budapest to Tirana was inaugurated on Wednesday when the first aircraft landed at Tirana International Airport. Transport ministers of both countries, Sokol Dervishaj and his Hungarian counterpart Robert Homolya were on the board of the plane. This is the first low-cost carrier that launched routes to Albania. Minister Dervishaj said that more flights and destinations might be launched in order to turn Albania into a steady basis of Wizz Air. Moreover, he expressed his gratitude to the Hungarian government for its support for subsidizing Win Air flights to Tirana. "This is a great help to Albanian citizens. Today’s flight was a good start regarding the rightful complaints of Albanian citizens for the highly expensive plane tickets," Dervishaj said. On his part, Hungarian Minister Homolya said that the new route will boost tourism and economic development between both countries. credit: https://invest-in-albania.org/tirana-budapest-low-cost-flights-launched/ 
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First Mediterranean Tourism Fair Held in Albania

The first Mediterranean Tourism Fair was organized in Tirana during the weekend thus making Albania part of the countries of the region that organize important tourism fairs. Tour operators from Albania, Italy, Kosovo, Greece. Macedonia and Montenegro attended the event that took place a few days after the Albanian government decided to cut the Value Added Tax (VAT) for accommodation facilities to six percent. This decision is expected to boost investment in the sector. Minister of Economic Development Tourism and Entrepreneurship Milva Ekonomi said that about 4.7 million tourists travelled to Albania during 2016, or 15 percent more compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, revenues for the tourism industry reached the all-time high of E 1.5 billion. Some 120 tour operators organized in 72 stands showcased their offers on Saturday and Sunday. Each of the Albanian municipalities from Malesi e Madhe to Saranda made its presentation. They showcased various products like traditional costumes, cooking, and handicraft products. Representatives of tour agencies praised this initiative while they highlighted that more investments especially on education about tourism.   Credit: https://invest-in-albania.org/first-mediterranean-tourism-fair-held-albania/
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Sazan Island to Open for Tourist in May

Sazani Island, a former military base, will open for tourists during the upcoming summer season. The Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, and Entrepreneurship signed a cooperation agreement that will open the island to tourists from May 1 to October 31. This means that visitors have now the opportunity to explore a new destination that has been closed for many decades. The island is part of Karaburun Sazan marine National Park. Besides its history, the island aims at attracting visitors interested on eco-tourism. The island has been a strategic site since the Roman period, thus it hides numerous archaeological values. The island has historic traces from the first and second world wars. Meanwhile, along with Pashaliman, it was one of the most important military bases in the Mediterranean Sea during the Cold War. There are about 3,600 bunkers and tunnels in the island that were built in case of nuclear attacks. All these facilities and the rich biodiversity of the area will attract numerous visitors. Minister of Economy Milva Ekonomi said that the number of tourists in Albania during 2016 increased by 15 percent. On her part, Minister of Defense Mimi Kodheli said that tourists avoid destinations such as the Egyptian or Turkish coasts. On the other hand, many Albanian military bases are located in tourist sites and this helps to guarantee safety for the visitors. "Sazant Island is a tourist attraction not only for its location but also because of its rich biodiversity," Kodheli said.   Credit: https://invest-in-albania.org/sazan-island-open-tourist-may/
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