Albania, a wonderful opportunity for tourism an interview with the Italian Prof. Mirko Casalino, professor at the University of Puglia, published in the newspaper Koha Jone dated: 25 April 2011
The Italian professor Casalino who came specifically to teach tourism at the European University of Tirana, estimates that Albania has natural assets that can classify it among the countries with maximum tourism potential.
- Asked which is the prospective that characterizes the tourism in Albania and what are the factors that make this development possible, he replies:
- It is my first time in Albania. Cities I've visited are Lezha and Tirana. Based on my personal visits to these cities, I think that Albanian tourism has good and positive possibilities for development.
After a several weeks visit in Tirana, yesterday evening I had the opportunity to visit Tirana on every corner and I noticed a fair number of bars, which are a good opportunity for young people. But of course there is still much to do in order to improve the image of the capital, to make it more attractive in the eyes of the tourists. While regarding my experience in Lezha, it is obvious that a city by the sea has good development opportunities, especially in the field of tourism. I have to mention also the negative factors that affect the development of tourism, such as the bad infrastructure. Overall, Albania has good potential for tourism development, but should work more with the image, in order to be presented as a country with a favorable tourist perspective. There is also a need to improve the services which is another key element to develop and improve the image of Albania in the future.
- In your opinion, how policy affects the development of tourism in Italy and in Albania? What is the difference between the two countries and what should change in Albania?
Based on my own experience, I had the opportunity to appreciate an unfamiliar territory. In fact the cultural heritage, archaeological, and its folklore are the elements that must be evidenced to stimulate tourists in this country. Albania has natural assets that can classify it among countries with maximum tourism potential.
- Albania is currently characterized by an unfavorable political situation and the tourism season is very close…