Albania has witnessed a rise in cultural tourism during this summer season, according to a statement made by Albanian Economy Minister Milva Ekonomi.
Ekonomi said on Friday that “Albania has many castles, museums and archaeological parks and each of them has a history to tell to domestic and foreign visitors”.
The growing interest in Albania's cultural spots is confirmed by the statistics released by Albania's Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) as well. According to the institute, the number of foreign citizens who have entered Albania for holiday purpose increased by 2.4 times year-on-year in the first six-month period of the year, while a significant number of these visitors have chosen cultural monuments to visit.
The increase of the number of the foreign tourists signals another good season for tourism following the positive indicators of last year. In the meantime, Bank of Albania data for 2016 showed that Albanian economy benefited 1.5 billion euros (1.7 billion U.S. dollars) revenues from tourism, or about 15 percent of the GDP, the highest value ever.
The number of cultural monuments, the level of their physical condition, of their restoration, maintenance, and valuable use of them is a responsibility not only of the governmental authorities to turn these into an added value to the national economy and local individual. Cultural heritage is an important element that expresses the identity of a nation or of a human community.