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Opinion / Editorial

Football, tourism and the municipality

Football, tourism and the municipality

The Municipality of Tirana has done an excellent preparatory work these days, for the placement of thousands of Italian and Dutch tourists in their viewing areas of the Conference League final match, the third largest European football competition, after the Champions Cup and League of Nations, held very successfully last night in our capital. Despite the initial clashes between the fans, where 10 of our policemen were slightly injured, not through our fault. It was for the municipality of the capital a new experience, a very voluminous and responsible work, realized with dedication and professionalism. The day before yesterday and yesterday, Rinas International Airport was filled like never before in its history, with nearly 260 flights in 48 hours! He received over 16 thousand fans-tourists from the Netherlands and Italy. Thousands more joined their heart teams in Tirana from Montenegro and Kosovo. About 24 thousand Italian and Dutch fans-tourists enlivened not only the stairs of the "Arena Kombëtare" stadium last night, but also the streets of Tirana and Durrës for these 48 hours. If we do the calculations, the "Air Albania" Stadium, which cost us as taxpayers 70 million euros from the State Budget, began to repay itself well. From 19,500 tickets at a price of 200 and 300 euros, we managed to get 4.5 million euros. From 28 thousand nights in our hotels, motels and rooms for rent in Tirana and Durrës (some of the fans stayed for two nights), we received another 10 million euros. Rinas airport itself with its reception taxes, food, drinks and souvenirs it sold, received about 1.5 million euros. In total, 17 million euros earned in two days with these services. Another 1.5 million euros came from the domestic transport of fans-tourists in the country, while from the wonderful Albanian organic food, drinks and souvenir purchases, another 7 million euros were collected. In short, without introducing the lion's portion of the airlines that brought and today return these fan-tourists to their places, we got, thanks to the new stadium, over 25 million euros in two days! Not to mention the increased curiosity, especially of the fans-tourists from the Netherlands, that those Italians know something more about Albania. Even if we paid 10 million euros in commercials on the world's most popular television networks, we would not have this recognition that the new stadium "Air Albania" is giving us, in an important event for European football. Therefore we can say with full mouth that this new stadium has repaid more than 50 percent of itself, so our money as taxpayers for its construction, within two days! Good start. And without a doubt, the biggest tourist event for us! We should start encouraging the government to help and support tourism in future sporting events, business conferences, cultural congresses, international fairs, festivals and art shows, etc .. A special board, or special unit, should be set up, such as the government likes to call working groups to promote calendars of such activities. We need to lobby strongly as a government and with all other state structures and business associations, to enter the regional event tourism calendars. We should take the example of Croatia and Montenegro, that they have been developing this type of tourism for almost two decades with great success and that they now have it at levels of 10-12% of the total volume of money they receive from the tourism of their countries. If we arrived and we would not be a little, but about 300-350 million euros turnover per year! The tourism of these events is still little known to us and we have lost two decades of opportunities that went through our noses, but better late than never, people say. From all the exemplary organization of the municipality of Tirana and from the magical night ahead, we must learn and understand not to let go of saddles similar cases to increase the profile of our tourism, charged by the hospitality of our people wonderful.