Albania tourism has seen a significant growth spurt this year, as opposed to last, with an over 400 thousand more travelers visiting from January to August, compared to 2010 figures. A statement from Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha last week spotlights the dramatic growth in Albania arrivals.
In news from the Czech Republic, Tourist Authority Director Radka Neumannova is one Eastern European bureaucrat who knows how to engage and inform potential industry and tourists. Like many countries in the region, the Czech Republic is largely thought of as a travel destination for one city only. But there is a lot more to this vibrant destination than Prague.
Portugal’s travel sector is in grave trouble, perhaps far more serious than previous reports have suggested. The industry that represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP has lost fully one third of its travel agents to insolvency. The economic times and pressure from online travel agents have made the situation there untenable. But a double sided government effort has not helped either.