Engaging the Balkan Region through Communication and Networking

Endorsed by the Minister of Innovation and the Academy of Sciences of Albania

Conference Venues


The BalkanCom 2017 Conference will be held in Tirana, Albania, on May 31-June 2, 2017, both at the Xheko Imperial Hotel and Protik ICT Resource Center. Reservation details and alternative accommodation options can be found here.

The Republic of Albania is a country in Southeast Europe, bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which connects the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea. The official language of the country is Albanian. However, most Albanians are fluent in Italian and English.

Albania has been chosen as the venue for the inaugural version of Balkancom because, after a period of harsh conditions, it has emerged as an amazingly energetic, productive, and safe country that also shares the natural beauty that all Balkan States enjoy.

Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania, as well as the heart of Albania's cultural, economic and governmental activity. Geographically, it is located on the western center of the country surrounded by hills with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance. Being Albania's primate city, Tirana is a hometown of many of the major local universities, cultural institutions and commercial companies. For leisure and sightseeing activities in the city, please check here.

The Protik ICT Resource Center was established by the combined efforts and goals of the Government of Albania, USAID, Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), Microsoft, Cisco, and Albtelecom. Established as a local non for profit organization on October the 10th, 2012, Protik's mission is to catalyze the development of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Albania. The accomplishment of its mission was founded and will continue to be inspired on the values of Integrity, Excellence, Transparency, Collaboration and Cooperation. Protik aims to become the Albanian ICT hub: a connection point for those seeking the latest and most innovative ideas, products, and services.


Conference Hotel

Xheko Imperial Hotel
The conference will be hosted in this hotel.
Special room rates per night (including breakfast and Internet access) are offered to the conference attendees:

  • Premium Economic Single room: EUR 75
  • Imperial Single Room: EUR 115
  • Imperial Double Room: EUR 125
To book a room at the Xheko Imperial Hotel, please submit this form to contact@xheko-imperial.com.

Alternative accommodation options are provided below.

Category 1

Rogner Hotel Tirana
Starting at 140 EUR per night per person
5 minutes walking from the conference venue
Book on-line: Trip Advisor

Sheraton Tirana Hotel
Starting at 140 EUR per night per person
6 minutes walking from conference venue
Book on-line: Trip Advisor

Category 2

Sky 2 Hotel
Starting at 60 EUR per night per person
12 minutes walking from conference venue
Book on-line: Trip Advisor

Dinasty Hotel
Starting at 69 EUR per night per person
15 minutes walking from conference venue
Book on-line: Trip Advisor


The Albanian International Airport Mother Theresa (TIA) is 16 km from Tirana. The airport is connected to the city center through a bus line available every day from 7am to 7pm and taxi service available 24h. Major companies flying to Tirana include Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Alitalia and Austrian Airlines, with corresponding partners such as Delta and United. For more info visit the airport website.

In addition, buses can be used to reach Tirana from other cities in Albania and internationally.

The Immigration Authority of Albania website contains vital information regarding Visa requirements and applications for visiting Albania. For more info click here.

The official currency is the Lek (ALL). Currency can be exchanged at the airport or at the local exchange offices. For the current rates, please check here.

Lunch Options

There are several alternatives for lunch nearby the conference venue:

  • Restaurant/Pizzeria "Era"
    Address: Rruga Ismail Qemali, Tirana 1000 [Map]
    Type: Variety of local and Mediteranian dishes

  • Artigiano, Rruga Abdyl Frasheri
    Address: Kryqezimi i Librit Universitar, Tirana [Map]
    Type: Italian food

  • KFC
    Address: Rruga Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit, Tirana [Map]
    Type: Fast-food chain known for its buckets of fried chicken, plus wings and sides

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