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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Many Durres hotels are empty 17/07/2013
July is counting the second fortnight off, and traditionally this is the
peak of the holidays, but this is not something you can say for Durres,
Golem and the other beaches in this area. There is a drastic fall of
the number of holiday goers and the ones saying this mostly are the
owners of several businesses by the beach.
“This tourist season is very
weak compared to last year. It looks like we are not in summer now, with
this low demand”, one worker says.
The weather this year has not been very good for a nice tourist season.
what has damaged Durres and Golem mostly is also the Ramadan. The most
loyal holiday makers of this area are the Albanians of Kosovo, who are
also Islam devotees.
“Maybe the crisis, the bad weather has
decreased the number of holiday makers, and probably even Ramadan, since
Kosovo beach goers respect this tradition”, the business owners say.
some businesses are ready to declare bankruptcy for this year, other
holiday makers are enjoying the situation, because the beach is calmer,
the water and the sand cleaner.
“This is the first time that we come here and we like. It is very nice here”, one of them said.
coming for the third time this year, and I can see that it is very
clean, there is good service and good people”, another visitor says.
tourism season has not been very well for most of the Albanian Riviera.
Businesses hope that the situation will change in the first 10 days of
August, if the weather will be any better.