20 August 2019 - An exciting festival adventure begins with the sixth Sea Dance Festival held from Friday, August 30, to Sunday, September 1 at the beautiful Buljarica beach in Budva. Dozens of today’s most popular hits are coming to the turquoise arc led by the 21st century’s biggest producer, David Guetta. Other than Guetta performing on Addiko Main Stage powered by Tourist Organisation of Budva at the grand finale on Sunday, Friday will be marked by the world techno leaders Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin who are bringing the famous Exit Dance Arena spirit to Buljarica, while on Saturday the audience will enjoy performances by the German hitmaker Robin Schulz and French duo Offenbach. This year’s lineup includes British hit trio Disciples, as well as techno and house stars such as Helena Hauff, Recondite, Eelke Kleijn, Gaiser, Tijana T and Marko Nastić. Sea Dance will also host regional aces including Darko Rundek, Senidah as well as the most wanted regional rappers Surreal, Fox, Kuku$, Hazze, Bekfleš and many more.
For all the festival fans in Montenegro, Sea Dance has ensured scheduled bus transport from most cities in Montenegro to Buljarica beach during the festival, every day from August 30 to September 2.
During the festival, buses from Nikšić will depart for Buljarica in front of the Monastery at 4 pm. Along the route, the buses will stop and take passengers in Danilovgrad at 4:30 pm at the roundabout, Podgorica at 5 pm in front of the Cathedral and Cetinje at 5:30 pm at the bus station.
During the festival, Ulcinj buses will depart for Buljarica beach at 5 pm from the bus station. On the route to Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Bar, at 6 pm at Topolica hall.
During the festival, buses from Herceg Novi will depart for Buljarica at 5 pm at the Sports Centre. On the route towards Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Tivat at 6 pm at the Eko petrol station.
During the festival, buses from Kotor will depart for Buljarica beach at 6 pm at Kamelija.
The arrival time of all buses to Buljarica is 8 pm from all locations, while the return from the festival for all buses is scheduled at 4 am.
The return ticket price from Podgorica is €18, Cetinje €16, Nikšić €29, Danilovgrad €23, Ulcinj €15, Bar €7, Herceg Novi €19, Kotor €14, Tivat €17. The ticket is purchased upon entering the bus just before departure.
On the Budva – Buljarica route, as well as Bar – Buljarica, a shuttle bus will be scheduled for transport – the best and easiest manner of transport to and from the festival, in order to reduce the need for individual arrival of visitors.
The shuttle transport will circulate continuously from 7 pm to 1 am each festival day towards Buljarica beach, at every half-hour mark. The return buses from Buljarica beach are scheduled between 1 am and 6 am, from the bus stop on the main road.
All departures from Budva will be organized from the stop at the Tre Canne building, at every half hour. On the way to Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Bečići at the bus stop at Mediteran hotel, on Sveti Stefan at the Adrović hotel and in Petrovac at the marketplace.
All departures from Bar will be organized from the stop at the Topolice hall, at every half hour. On the way to Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Sutomore at the stop opposite the bus stations, and in Čanj, at the turn for Čanj.
From Budva and Bečići the ticket for Buljarica is €3.5, from Sveti Stefan €3.00, while the price from Petrovac is €1.5. The price from Bar is €3.5, from Sutomore €3.00, while the price from Čanj is €2.5.
The official taxi service for the festival is Palma taxi. The guaranteed price on the Budva – Buljarice line is €24 per vehicle. The taxi stop will be clearly marked on the festival location.
According to Monstat, the minimum consumer basket in July amounted to EUR 641.6, which is 0.2 percent less than in June.
"Out of the total value of the minimum consumer basket, expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages amounted to 270.9 euros, which is 0.4 percent less than in June," the statement said.
Statisticians said expenditures on non-food products and services amounted to 370.7 euros, which is 0.1 percent less than in June.
The minimum consumer basket refers to household consumption, which includes food and non-food products and services, which enables the maintenance of the life and working ability of household members.
The minimum consumer basket complies with the minimum recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the USDA Food Guide 2010 for a minimum calorie intake of 2.21 thousand calories per person per day.
“The value of the minimum consumer basket is based on data from the Household Budget Survey and the World Bank (WB) recommendations. The value of the minimum consumer basket for a four-person household is the minimum monthly expenditure related to food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food products and services, ” as said from Monstat.
For calculating minimum expenditures related to food and non-alcoholic beverages, average prices for the current month and monthly quantities in kilograms for a four-member household are used.
Consumer price indices (CPIs) are used to calculate the value of a basket of non-food products and services.
Text by MINA Business, on August 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
An exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings "Leonardo 500, Genius, Nature, Water and Sea" will be presented through the Foundation “Dan” in Herceg Novi, marking the 500th anniversary of his death.
According to the organizers, with this exhibition in Herceg Novi is included in the world program of 2019 celebrating the ingenious mind of Leonardo da Vinci.
"The author of the exhibition is Luigi Valerio of the Natural and Cultural Center “Lega Navale” in Rome. The production is by the Foundation “Dan”, translated from Italian by Maria Atanacković Holodkov, and produced by Sofia Holodkov.
This interesting exhibition will be open on Wednesday at park “Boka” and the interested audience will be able to see it for a few days.
The exhibition consists of 23 panels measuring 100 x 70 cm, with drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, in various fields of engineering, mechanics, natural sciences, and certainly for the first time in this area. It will be set up outdoors, in the “Boka” park in the city center, and will last from 21 to 25 August.
The exhibition "Leonardo 500, Genius, Nature, Water and Sea" will open on Wednesday, August 21 at 10 am by Dr. Tomislav Vukicevic.
The organizer of the exhibition in Herceg Novi is “Water Supply and Sewerage” Ltd., co-organized by JUK Local Museum “Mirko Komnenović” and the Art Gallery “Josip Bepo Benković” and the NGO “Ecological Society of Boka Bay”.
Text by Boka News, on August 20th, 2019, read more at Boka News
The 60-passenger hybrid ship Gracijana will start operating on the route Tivat-Herceg Novi on Tuesday, as said from the company Bella Boka.
The company said the transfer from Tivat to Herceg Novi would take up to 25 minutes.
"The first departure by Gracijana hybrid ship, which can accommodate up to 60 passengers, is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 a.m. from Tivat to Herceg Novi. The route will run five times a day in both directions,” as said from Bella Boka.
As they stated, the first departure from Tivat, from Pine, to Herceg Novi will be every day at 8.30 a.m., and the next ones are at 12 p.m., 3.30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10.30 p.m.
“From Herceg Novi to Tivat, the starting station will be the City port, and departure times are at 9.15 a.m., 12.45 p.m., 4.15 p.m., 7.45 p.m. and 11.15 p.m. The price per ticket on that line will be four euros in one direction, "the statement said.
Gracijana will also operate from Tivat to Kotor via Perast.
Citizens can find more detailed information about these lines and ticket prices on Bella Boka's Facebook profile.
In addition to the hybrid Gracijana, the solar barge Elettra, with a capacity of up to 30 passengers, will sail through Boka bay on Tuesday, operating seven times a day on the line Kotor-Prcanj-Donji Stoliv-Perast.
Eco ships Graciana and Elettra
According to Bella Boka, the price of the ticket from Kotor to Perast is 3.5 euros, and on individual routes from one to 1.5 euros.
"Bella Boka is a unique project, not only in Montenegro but also in the Mediterranean," the statement said.
Bella Boka said that, in addition to Gracijana and Elettra, they expect at least four more eco-boats to sail through Boka from next season, thus greatly reducing road traffic and reducing dangerous gas emissions in the Bay.
The residents of Boka and tourists were not able to use public transport in the Bay for a long time, they said.
The company Bella Boka said that clean Boka Bay is their mission and goal.
"In addition to ships for transport, one boat will be in charge of cleaning the bay from plastic waste," the company said.
Text by MINA Business, on August 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News
20 August 2019 - The Wild Beauty Art Festival, which was opened on August 19 at the Black Lake (Montenegrin: Crno jezero) in Žabljak by the famous guitar duo, Srđan Bulatović and Darko Nikčević, is a new quality segment of the Montenegrin tourist offer in the north, said State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development, Damir Davidović for MINA Agency.
Speaking at the opening of the festival, which is being held for the first time, he said that the policy of development of the northern part of the country, in addition to significant infrastructure investments and increase of accommodation capacities, implies enrichment of the cultural offer with attractive programs of high quality.
“The Wild Beauty Art Festival is a new quality segment of our offer in the north, especially Žabljak. It is a project that we hope will really set new standards. Our wish is for the Wild Beauty Art Festival to become a significant cultural manifestation, which the north of Montenegro can be recognised for. We all admire KotorArt festival on the coast, and we hope to achieve great results for the north in that aspect as well," said Davidović.
Admission to all Wild Beauty Art events is free, and with the support of the Žabljak Tourist Organization, a free shuttle bus drive from the centre of Žabljak to the event is provided for all interested parties free of charge.
Some members of the team who organise KotorArt festival are participating in the implementation of the Wild Beauty Art Festival, providing even more active contribution in positioning Montenegro as a tourist destination that offers the highest quality artistic and cultural contents, not only on the coast, but this year also in the north of the country.
This year's Wild Beauty Art is focused on Durmitor and Žabljak and will run through Friday, with planned programs on Black Lake and locations such as Savin Kuk, Stećci, Sedlo and Đurđevića Tara Bridge.
During the five days, daily and evening concerts of different genres are planned, at different locations of Durmitor National Park.
On August 20th, the program of the Wild Beauty Art Festival will include several performances. Balázs Bágyi New Quartet will perform at the Black Lake at 7.30 p.m. This project was supported by the Hungarian Embassy as a segment of Weeks of Hungarian Culture in Montenegro program. Two more performances are also expected on this day. Mockingbirds are going to perform two times - at 11 a.m. at Stećci, Unesco's Heritage and at 3 p.m. at Sedlo. More information about the festival and the performers can be found at the official Facebook page of Wild Beauty Art Festival.
19 August 2019 - In recent years, especially after joining NATO, Montenegro has confirmed the already existing image of a safe and secure destination, which is one of the main factors for a modern tourist when choosing a holiday destination, said PR Manager of the National Tourism Organization (NTO) of Montenegro, Nina Vukčević.
In a video statement posted on the Twitter account of the Government of Montenegro, Vukčević said that in 2017, the number of tourists who visited Montenegro grew by 10 per cent when compared to the previous year, and that the number of overnight stays was 6 per cent higher than in 2016.
"The growth trend was also noted last year, when we achieved new records both in tourist turnover and in tourism revenue," Vukčević said.
According to the data from the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro, from 2016 to 2018, there was a significant growth of tourists from the following countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States of America (USA) and Canada.
"The growth of the number of tourists from the aforementioned markets was especially noted this year," Vukčević added.
Highlighting the increase in number of tourists, she noted that in the first four months of 2016, two thousand tourists from Germany visited Montenegro, and today that number is over 30 thousand for the same period.
"It's a really impressive result," Vukčević concluded, underlining that the growth in number of tourists is related to Montenegro’s image of a secure destination.
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19 August 2019 - The Sports and Recreation Centre, with its accompanying sports facilities, will be built in Tivat, over the next two years, which will contribute to the increase in the number of athletes in that city and to position the city as a sports and recreational destination. This was announced by the Mayor of Tivat, Sinisa Kusovac, on the occasion of the International Karate Seminar held in that city, at which the five-time Karate Champion Rafael Aghayev from Azerbaijan was the lecturer.
"This kind of seminar contributed to getting us in the position to start building a sports complex in Tivat in the next two years. On this occasion, we have already made the decision on the purchase of a certain complex around the Župa Sports Hall, with the aim of building a Sports and Recreation Centre, with accompanying sports facilities,” said Kusovac.
According to him, the basic idea of the guide is that, in addition to Tivat being branded and having a culture at an enviable level, “sports should be a branch that will contribute to the greatest number of athletes' arrivals, and position the Municipality of Tivat as a sports and recreational destination.
"Apart from being a nautical destination, it should be a sports destination as well as a cultural destination," Kusovac said.
He said that this was supported by the next session of the Municipal Assembly, which is scheduled for tomorrow, and at which, he explained, a decision will be made on the purchase of four thousand square meters of land within the Župa sports complex.
"This complex will be rounded up, will have a much larger number of squares, and in the coming period, with the work of architects, a new sports hall, a new sports and recreational center with all facilities will be built at this place," Kusovac said.
He said that the leadership of Tivat Municipality will endeavor to build an indoor swimming pool in that city as long as the spatial planning documentation permits after a certain time, "so that it will be an enviable destination, where the arrival of sports clubs will contribute to the recognition of Tivat in this field."
The most trophy karate player of all time and five-time world champion, Rafael Aghayev, who is a lecturer at the two-day international karate seminar, said that he was in Montenegro for the first time, stating that he would like to come more frequently in the coming period.
"I'll be here for two days. We have two training sessions each day, and today will be another, third training. We know your team very well, we are rivals in competitions, but we are not enemies. After the competition, we are all friends. I want your team to become a world champion, "Aghayev said.
Previously, in the Municipality of Tivat, a reception was organized for Aghayev and the most trophy Montenegrin karate players.
The International Karate Seminar, organized by the Mawashi Club 2015 and the Karate Federation of Montenegro, is attended by around 200 karate players from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Albania.
Source: Radio Tivat
The Art and Antiques Fair “Earth, Stone & Fire” will be held for the second time at the Chedi Hotel, presenting some of Montenegro's most significant artists from August 23, as well as a unique antique exhibition with a focus on the Venetian Republic," the Chedi Hotel said.
"During the three-day festival, Montenegrin sculptors Velibor Pavicevic, Joveta Ljumovic, Miodrag Scepanovic and Milija Stojanovic will be presented with their artwork, carefully crafted with incredible expressionist expressions reflected in every move.
When it comes to the antique exhibit, regional collectors will be introduced to the audience, one of whom is Budva art historian Nadezda Kovacevic.
She will present the audience a collection of 18th-century European porcelain, which she has collected for decades across Boka, with special emphasis on the 17th-century collection of silver and chalice made at royal shops in Augsburg, Germany.
Particularly important is the segment of exhibits of applied art that can be seen on offer at various European art platforms and fairs by a group of artists from the Blatobran Association in Belgrade.
The fair will feature artists Marija Milin, Bojana Jokmanovic, Lana Tikvasha, Bojana Ristevski, and Sonja Gajic.
The ticket price for The Earth, Stone & Fire Art and Antiques Fair is € 2 and can be purchased at the entrance to the hotel,” the statement said.
Portonovi resort, which has seen an investment of about EUR 470 million so far, is visited daily by a large number of tourists from Montenegro as well as foreigners, said marketing and communications manager Adrijana Husic, announcing a new expansion of the offer.
"Portonovi opened its doors to visitors on August 1st and we are really looking forward to the interest, both on the first day and these 15 days that the resort is being operational," Husic told to Mina-business.
She said that the resort is visited daily by a large number of visitors, both from Montenegro and the region, but also from foreigners who are on holiday in Montenegro.
Husic, referring to the realized investment so far, stated that the construction of the project Portonovi started in 2012.
"Since then, about EUR 470 million has been invested, and when all the phases are completed, the total investment will amount to about EUR 1 billion," Husic said.
She recalled that a lot of people were working on the project Portonovi itself, in terms of construction, which is continuing at certain stages.
"Right now, in the resort, when it comes to providing services, there are several hundred employees, and this is one of the contributions that Portonovi makes to the development and improvement of the Montenegrin economy, as new jobs are created every day," Husic said.
Speaking about the current offer, she said the beach bar Portonovi, restaurants that are currently open, as well as the Pizana Gallery are attracting the most attention so far.
"As we announced, this is just the beginning. In the next 15 days, new openings await us and in addition to the first cognac bar, there will be the first Belgian pub of its kind in Montenegro. We also have the Italian ice-cream, and restaurant offerings will also expand," Husic announced.
According to her, Portonovi's Training Studio will be open soon.
"What we are particularly proud of is the first kindergarten or center where children will be able to stay during the day, which will be open soon, and will operate under the Montessori program," Husic said.
Portonovi, she said, will continue to operate in the coming period and reminded that the resort would be open 365 days a year.
"In only a few months, next year, we are expecting a grand opening, together with the opening of the first One and Only hotel in Europe, which will have 113 rooms and ten branded villas," Husic said.
She stated that this is an addition to the accommodation capacities, which are of great importance for the development of the tourist offer of Montenegro.
"Currently, Portonovi resort has 214 housing units for sale, 50 of which are in the rental program. Interested guests can also stay in the resort in one of these 50 units,” explained Husic.
She said that with the opening of the resort, D-Marin Portonovi marina began to operate, with a total of 238 berths available for boat owners.
"What is specific to our marina is that it is also a border crossing, and we expect to get a petrol station soon," Husic said.
The marina, she said, is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Boka Bay, which is a great benefit for users.
"The marina is part of the D-Marin large family, with over ten marinas located also in the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, which brings various benefits and discounts for mooring owners," concluded Husic.
Text by Boka News, on August 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News
By the end of this year, Tivat Airport will serve over 1 million and 300 thousand passengers, thus breaking the record so far. Airport director Radovan Maric told Radio Montenegro that Terminal 2, which was built less than a year ago, contributed to the reduction of crowds and increases passenger comfort.
According to Maric, the construction of the Terminal is only a transitional solution and he believes that a new airport should be built because of the increasing traffic.
“Tivat Airport was built in the middle of the last century. Then, one or two planes landed on a weekly basis, now there are over 60 planes a day," said Maric.
“Tivat Airport was built in the middle of the last century. Then one or two planes landed on a weekly basis, now it is over 60 planes a day," said Maric.
He states that infrastructure has not been following the growth of tourism.
"Earlier, perhaps when Porto Montenegro was being built, a strategic decision should have been made to build a new airport, now all this is unfinished, I will be clear to say even dysfunctional to the extent required by modern travelers," Maric said, adding that Terminal 2 this season contributed much to the relaxation at the airport.
At no point was passenger safety questioned, according to the director of Tivat Airport, and stresses that the recent runway renovation is a regular job at every airport.
The very fact that the German Lufthansa sent its planes to Tivat airport for the first time, considering it completely safe, denies all those who have said otherwise.
"Security has never been questioned, of course, that security can be greater and better," Maric said.
Maric also hopes that an overnight landing and departure of the aircraft from the airport Tivat will be possible soon.
Text by RTCG, on August 18th, 2019, read more at CdM
The market day, organized in Kolasin by the local Tourism Organization (TO) and the Friends of the City Association, brought together several dozen exhibitors of herbs, handicrafts, juices, jams, honey, and other products.
A large number of locals and tourists have shown once again that similar manifestations are a real success when it comes to the summer tourist offer of the city.
Traditionally, visitors were able to taste free of charge several types of “kacamak” and “priganice”, which were once again prepared by the best Kolasin homemakers.
The stands were, as usual, creatively designed but, according to the exhibitors, high quality is what distinguishes their products.
Stanija Cana Braunovic collects medicinal herbs in many Montenegrin mountains, but mostly in Sinjavina. In addition to recommending the use of several dozen types of teas, she shared with the visitors' tips on how to collect herbs.
"I have been at Sinjavina since April. In March, I was already picking up the coltsfoot and then the primrose arrived, which I was picking up in the vicinity of Zabljak. Violet is from Borova glava on Sinjavina, as well as verbena and hypericum. I also find many useful plants in Stitarica. It is important how we treat plant wealth. Plants should be carefully harvested and habitats not destroyed," Stana said.
Although this season was not the best for beekeepers, this could not be concluded according to the stand Milija Madzgalj from Mojkovac. In addition to honey, this beekeeper also offered candied fruits and propolis products to the visitors of Kolasin's Market day.
"I've been involved in beekeeping for two and a half decades. I sell at fairs, but buyers often come to my house as well. In addition, I also grow raspberries and strawberries. It is important to be consistent with quality, and when so, then there is no lack of customers," he said.
On this market day, the original “Divna's gingerbread cookies” and souvenirs were also presented, and the stand with herb soap, brought from Pljevlja by Dragica Roncevic, was also interesting. She has been living off the business for 20 years, and produces several types of creams, balms and ointments, also based on herbs.
The Ultra trail mountain race was also underway in Kolasin, and concerts of the band Rudolf and tamburasi were enjoyed.
Text by Dragana Scepanovic, on August 17th, 2019, read more at Vijesti