16 August 2019 - According to the latest data, there were 59.529 tourists on 9 August, a 30% increase in comparison to the same period last year. The majority of tourists stayed in private accommodation, said Director of the Tourist Organization Ulcinj Fatmir Đeka, who is very satisfied with the indicators suggesting a bumper year for Ulcinj.
"Until 1 August, more than a million overnights have been recorded. Obviously, this year we are going to have around 2 million overnights. That means this will be a record year in tourism in Ulcinj," pointed out Đeka.
As far as the structure of guests is concerned, tourists usually come from the countries in the region. Đeka also said that the number of registered tourists is considerably higher this year. That is the result of good organization activities of competent services.
"Members of the Inspection Administration and inspectors of the Police Department have intensified their control activities. This is just the beginning. Next year control activities will become earlier. We want that to become part of the culture, just like in the West," stressed out Đeka.
Higher revenues generated from collected taxes particularly interests him.
"In August, tax collection will double. It is not about collecting as much as we can, the point is to organize guest registration in the best possible way to obtain real, accurate data about the number of tourists in Ulcinj," said Đeka.
Ulcinj has enormous potential for the tourist economy. However, the Director of the Tourist Organization Ulcinj reiterates that everybody should act following the law in every segment. Another positive aspect is the number of hotels in the municipality.
"Charisma company has had a considerable impact on tourism in Ulcinj. Ulcinj counts a total of 59 hotels," pointed out Đeka as CdM reports.
As far as public utility aspects are concerned he stressed that many problems have already been solved. The water supply system and traffic regulations are at a satisfactory level.
"Guests are satisfied and have not made any remarks so far. There is still noise, near Pristan and at the mouth of Bojana. Devices for putting a limitation on noise have been set up and it has produced positive results," stated Đeka.
Money collected from tourist and local taxes will be invested for the worthy cause, says Director of Tourist Organization Ulcinj.
"We are getting ready for trade fairs in September. We are going together with other local tourist organizations and National Tourist Organization so that the complete offer of Montenegro can be found in one place," stated Director of Tourist Organization Ulcinj.
This year Ulcinj made a new, significant step forward in the improvement of promotion and visibility.
"We made virtual 3D high-resolution tour which is going to be presented in the forthcoming days. This 3D tour enables guests to see every place in the town. It is something completely new," added Đeka.
He pointed out that they wanted to present Ulcinj as a town with a unique offer, adding that there is a lake, a river and the sea, which is rare.
"Tourists can combine the beach vacation with countryside tourism and then they can go to the coast for a couple of days and then they can afford to enjoy beauty of the lake," said Đeka.
In August, Ulcinj will see two gastronomic events to mark the summer season. Domestic products trade fair, Fair Fest, will be held from 16 August to 18 August in Pristan. Members of the local Women’s Association, producers of domestic products, will be presenting their products. The ceremonial opening starts on Friday, at 8 PM.
Venice Palace in the Old town will host Okra days festival where tourists can enjoy delicious okra dishes.
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