More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 28

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

THE coastal plain was ringed to north, east and south by dramatic mountain ranges rising to 2,700 metres and harbouring vast blue lakes.

The Ministry of Tourism identified so-called ‘Priority Tourism Zones’ for early development: principally around Pogradec on the indisputably beautiful Lake Ohrid, and on the coast near to Saranda and Durres.

Here, according to the Minister, “all other economic activities shall be subordinated to tourism”.

There were six designated National Parks – where flora and fauna, including brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild boar, were to be protected.

Hotels and winter sports facilities were to be constructed in the mountains. Dance, music and local handicrafts would be developed as attractions in themselves.