Veliaj: Tirana this year, more visitors than residents
The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, who together with Prime Minister Rama were present today at the presentation of the international competition for the prestigious project of the Tirana Multifunctional Center, said that Tirana by the end of this year, for the first time, will capture the figure of 7 million tourists. He said that the hotel structures in the capital should be at the same level and have hosting capacities to cope with these numbers.
"For the first time, Tirana has more tourists than residents in a year. It is something extraordinary! Now how do they stay together? We want to have tourists, but we don't want to have towers? In which hotels will they stay? Will we keep them like the partisans at home? So, we want to have the finals of the UEFA cup in Tirana, to be the European Youth Capital, to have Rita Ora and Dua Lipa come, but we don't want them to be accommodated? Where do you want the accommodation? As we saw in the case of these big activities, we took people to Shkodër, of course also to Elbasan and Durrës, for the UEFA final. Therefore, it is very important to base things on facts. We say that this company is a mafia company, a money launderer, but today we are surrounded by the tower of the Intercontinental Hotel, the tower of the Mariott Hotel, the tower of the Melia Hotel. So, all have an address and a logo. Therefore, I believe that we need a national pact to at least not insult, not insult, not tarnish our country," said Veliaj.
He said that all this development has increased the value of property in Tirana for everyone. "Today even the biggest slanderer, 7 years after the sleeping administration, lives in a house that is worth twice as much and has done nothing about it, but simply because the city is cleaner, Tirana has had more activities and investments ours at certain points have increased the value of the property. Today, even the biggest opponent of development lives better," said Veliaj.