Albania started on Saturday in the port city of Durrës the vaccination of travel and tourism industry workers. The process is seen as a real opportunity for the recovery tourism sector, which was hit due to the COVID-1p pandemic. Durrës region, along the Adriatic coast, is a summer destination.
“I think this is a very good thing as all tourist facilities will have with vaccination certificates. This has a positive impact on increasing the number of tourists who coming to Albania,” Eduard Xhepa from Albanian Tourist Association in Durrës told Top Channel TV.
“I had the vaccine. I hope all goes easily and well,” another tour operator says.
“Last year we were scared. Now we feel safer,” says another tour operator in Durrës.
“I feel better now that we are having the vaccine. We will be better. The best will come. I say it will be a better season than last year.”
“We are proud. We will work safely now. I hope tourists come to us and we will welcome them with a smile,” says a vaccinated tour operator in Durrës.
Vaccination will soon start for two other categories: factory workers and passenger transport workers.
Covid-19: Tourism-related businesses in Albania halved employment
The summer season in Albania usually starts each year in the beginning of May. Hotels hope for a return to normal while coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 pandemic completely unbalanced the economic development during 2020 in Albania. It caused huge losses in some categories of businesses.
All of the changes were largely accompanied by contractions in employment and the wage bill index. According to short-term statistics during 2020, air transport industry in Albania was the hardest hit in terms of the employment index. It decreased by 56.5 percent in the last quarter of 2020, compared to the same period a year earlier.
Following air transport, the pandemic dealt the biggest blow to employment in tourism-related businesses in Albania, such as hotels (43%), travel agencies (34.6%), bars and restaurants (27%).