Tourism covers several activities including tourist services, bars and restaurants, retails trade units, cultural centers, etc.
The purpose of the arrivals and departures data for Albanian and foreign citizens, by the means of transport (sea, air, land and border points), is the measurement of some statistical indicators related to tourism.
Arrivals : Include all entries at the border points (by, air, sea and land).
Arrivals is a concept that refers to all entries. A person who visits some countries simultaneously during
the year is counted every time as a new entry.
Departures: Includes all exits at the border points. Departures measure the flow of citizens who leave the country of reference. A person who leaves the country of reference several times during a year is always counted as a new exit.
Visitor: For statistical purposes on tourism, the term "visitor" represents a "person who travels in a different place from that in which he resides, in a period shorter than 12 months and major aim of travel in the place visited is a non-profit activity". The term "visitor" is further on for statistical use and in compliance with the forms of tourism is classified in two groupings: "daily visitors" and tourist "overnight visitors".
Tourist is a person who spends at least one night in hostelry structures of the country visited.
Daily visitor is a person who does not spend any night in the hostelry structures of the country visited.
The purpose of the trip includes visits of visitors and tourists for:
Visits for personal purposes grouped as follows:
1. Holidays, visit to relatives, etc.;
2. Health treatment;
Visits for Business category includes all business and professional activities outside the usual environment.
Means of transport implies the means used by the visitor to travel from his place of usual residence to the other countries to be visited.
Data Source: Administrative data are provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (State Police, Border and Migration Directorate).
The data are preliminary and subject of revisions. For more information refer to:
http://instat.gov.al/media/2940/revision_policy_2016.pdf statistical revision policy.
The statistical differences between arrivals and departures of Albanian or foreign nationals come mainly from:
- Law No.71 / 2016 "On Border Control", Article 17 "Facilitation of Border Verifications", where during the tourist season or increased inflow, at the moment of entry of citizens at the border, does not register all the incoming citizens;
- The facilitating procedures applied to residents of border areas crossing the border due to their commercial activity, when they cross several times a day, are not registered at the entrance;
- A good share of Albanians hold dual citizenship, who at the time of border crossing may declare different citizenship at exit from it at the entrance, etc.