Albania wants to become a European holiday hotspot, its prime minister has said.
Prime Minister Edi Rama said he wanted to turn the Mediterranean nation, one of Europe’s poorest, into a “champion of tourism”.
More than 6 million tourists visited Albania in 2019, when tourism accounted for 9 per cent of the economy, although travel restrictions have seen tourism income drop by 40 per cent, according to figures from the tourism ministry.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Mr Rama said a raft of new infrastructure, including the new international airport, Kukës International Airport Zayed-North Wings, would boost tourism to the country.
The new airport, in the mountainous north of the country, is the second international airport and around 150km from capital Tirana.
To celebrate the opening, a service by the flag carrier, Air Albania, arrived carrying the prime minister.
Plans are afoot for a new airport along the coast, as well as turning cargo port Durres, near the border with Montenegro, into a destination for ferries and yachts.
“We are on the right path to transform this country into the Western Balkans champion for tourism,” Mr Rama told the news wire…