Update from the Desk – September 2013

Dear Colleague
We are delighted to advise that our client, Past and Present Journeys of Albania will be exhibiting at World Travel Market on Stand EM1160.
Past and Present is an innovative and creative Destination Management Company and the market leader in Albania, a country which is being discovered by those in the know. With daily BA flights from Gatwick to Tirana and the arrival of a new Hilton hotel later this year, to join the Sheraton already there, Albania is on the brink of becoming Europe’s newest hotspot.
Tirana is now beginning to feature as a city break destination with its excellent range ofboutique hotels, outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants. Foodies will be surprised by thecuisine which is really coming into its own because it is fresh, organic and locally grown – ‘we feast on fresh oysters caught hours before, in the Ionian Sea, washed down with white wine as crisp and clean as a green apple, from Albania’s biggest vineyeard, Cobo, in Berat’ – to quote a recent article.
The coastline is only developed in parts with long sandy beaches and tiny Caribbean-style coves; some of the smaller beach resorts have friendly 3* and 4* family owned hotels, perfect for a good-value holiday.
Visitors interested in a cultural programme can spend a week or more discovering the highlights of this emerging destination – the archaeological treasures at Butrint and Apollonia, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Gjirokaster with its Ottoman-style houses, Tirana’s National Art Gallery stuffed with Socialist-Realist art and the frescoes in the 13th century monastery at Ardenice.
But there is so much more – the north of the country is dominated by the dramatic, brooding Albanian Alps where trekking and horse riding are popular ways to explore the region. And if your clients want to understand the politics of this intriguing country, Past and Present can introduce them to former ministers and Balkan political analysts.
Dritan Xhengo, the MD would be pleased to have a meeting with you to tell you about his company and what they can do to enhance your programme, if you already operate in Albania, or to introduce you to this intriguing destination.
Don’t get left behind – be a market leader.
Please contact Dritan by email on dritan.xhengo@pastandpresent.al or get in touch with us at RP Marketing on rpmarketg@aol.com or Tel 01726 816400. We will be happy to talk to you.
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Something to make you think again about Albania
‘Warm, toasted bread is served with a fresh tomato salsa (think bruschetta), and a mild, white cheese and yogurt spread with hints of mint that’s so local we’re unable to satisfy future cravings for it. Small fillets of tender white fish are delicately laced with lemon peel, and octopus carpaccio is drizzled in Albanian olive oil.
We could be anywhere in the Med, except we’d be paying at least twice as much.’
(courtesy of Lunch magazine)