1.2 million visit Albania in first half of 2011

According to Albania's Deputy Minister of Tourism Suzana Turku, Albania was visited by 1.2 million tourists between January and June of this year while revenue from tourism increased 8.5% in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year.

Further data reveals that 94% of the total tourist arrivals into Albania this year were European, with 34% of tourists arriving from neighbouring Kosovo, 16% from Macedonia and 10% from Montenegro.

Other European visiting nations included Greece (8%), Italy (6%) and Germany (3%) whilst globally 3% of Americans, 2% of Asians and 1% were noted as others who had the Albanian attraction in H1 2011.

Ravin Maharajah, Partner of Lalzit Bay Resort & Spa, the 5* luxury residential development located on Albania's Adriatic coastline comments,

"Without a shadow of a doubt, Albania will burst forth as a tourist destination in the next 5 years generating considerable revenue as highlighted in these latest findings. Albania has rebranded itself offering a low cost of living, rapidly-developing infrastructure and striking physical beauty, all the ingredients needed for the perfect tourist destination.

"Due to join the EU in 2014, this country shows every positive sign of going the way other Southern European countries such as Croatia and Montenegro have over the past 10 years. Interest from international second home buyers is steadily increasing as people realise the buying opportunity is now – not after the prices have gone up."

Lalzit Bay Resort and Spa, a beautiful 5* beachfront development in Albania is fast becoming a desirable resort destination in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as an appealing investment choice.

From as little as €29,000 for a studio, Lalzit Bay Resort and Spa affords holiday makers superb on site facilities including a beach club, tennis courts and a wide choice of international cuisines on offer in the restaurants.

Lalzit Bay will become one of the most desirable resorts in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as an attractive and attainable lifestyle and investment choice for those wanting a superior second home in the sun or indeed a buy to let property abroad.

For more information contact Lalzit Bay Resort & Spa on 0845 125 8600 or visit http://www.lalzitbay.com/