The most guests of the Institute Dr. Simo Milosevic in Igalo, where 223 thousand overnight stays were made last year, are Montenegrin patients, then Norwegians, Swedes, and Germans. This was said to "Vijesti" by the marketing director of the Institute Nikola Mracevic, adding that last year was successful, although not surpassing the record year of 1989, when there were 421 thousand overnight stays.
The Institute celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Executive Director Gordana Rajovic said that they expect this year to be successful. She said that among the essential programs was the treatment of Norwegian patients at the Institute in Igalo at the expense of their country, explaining that this cooperation has lasted for four decades. The first group of Norwegians, announced Rajovic, will come to Igalo in April.
"This year, an agreement was signed on the treatment of patients from Libya who will come in groups to Igalo throughout the year," Rajovic said.
Negotiations on the sale of the Institute Dr. Simo Milosevic are in progress. The consortium of the Czech company Philibert and the hotel and tourism company from Petrovac Villa Oliva owned by the businessman Zarko Rakcevic, offered ten million euros for 56.48 percent of the state shares of the Institute "Simo Milosevic" in Igalo and 27.94 million euros for the investments in the next five years.
The management of the Institute expects that after the forthcoming privatization, the Institute will retain and develop its core business and that all 607 full-time employees and a hundred more seasonal will continue to work in this renowned institution following general and branch collective agreements. Medical Doctor Marina Delic says that the Institute is recognizable for treating rheumatisms, rehabilitating patients with neurological and cardiac disorders, with respiratory illnesses and after sports injuries.
She pointed out that the Igalo Institute is one of the largest and most well-known institutions for a multidisciplinary spa treatment in the Mediterranean, thanks to the constant improvement of existing and introduction of new treatment and rehabilitation programs. The guests and patients of the Institute were many well-known figures: writers, painters, actors, athletes, scientists and politicians from the former Yugoslavia, but also the world.
Although even in 1875 the Austro-Hungarian military physicians wrote about mineral, medicinal sources in Igalo, the Institute was officially founded in 1949 at the initiative of Dr Svetozar Zivojinovic. The Institute was then called the "Adriatic Natural Spa", and the treatments were initially used at only 55 square meters surface.
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Text by Slavica Kosic, on March 18th, 2019, read more at Vijesti