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18 Oct 2020, 22:01 PM

October 18, 2020 - Solila Nature Reserve has been the focus of media interest in recent days. At the online conference "Global Green Destination Days 2020", Tivat was declared one of the Top 100 Green Destinations, among other things, based on the successful management of the Solila Nature Reserve, which was nominated as a "Good Practice Story."

Another piece of news that aroused great public interest was the welcome return of the most eminent guests among wetland birds. After more than ten years, flamingos have arrived in Solila again!

"The presence of flamingos is a symbol and confirmation of the commitment to protect endangered and rare wetlands, and we hope that they will be regular guests," said the Solila Nature Reserve.

solila flamingosi milkicFlamingos, Photo by M.Mitkić

Tivat Solila throughout history - from salt grains to bird habitats

Tivat salt pans (between Tivat airport and the Lustica peninsula) are located on the Adriatic Migration Corridor and serve as the last resting and feeding ground for migratory birds on their way to the south. For a certain number of birds, they are also a wintering ground.

Researchers found the first data on the salt basins of the Tivat salt pans in medieval writings, emphasizing their significance for neighboring Kotor's economy, based on salt production and sale. Even the Statute of this city regulated the production, import, export, and sale of salt. Back in 1683, when this area was under Turkish occupation, it is described that the place where Solila is located today was essential for salt production, representing 81% of the total income of the local population.

According to the data from the historical archives, the work on Solila always took place under the watchful eye of solar workers (preparation of bases, construction of dams, canals, ditches). The salt harvest, which took place at the end of summer, included a locally able-bodied population and draft cattle.

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Old photo of Solila

According to historical sources, in 1425, the saltworks had 109 plots. Twenty 24 belonged to Metropolitan Zeta, 27 - to the population of Lustica, 10 - to Djurasevici, 32 - to Kotor, and 16 - to well-known Kotor families. Salt marshes have been continuously the "apple of discord" between neighboring countries. When the salt marshes ceased to be used for their intended purpose, birds began to come here.

The area of ​​Solila is located as a saltworks on all historical maps of this area.

Tivat's Municipality started the construction of a new saltworks in the sixties of the last century, based on the project from 1956 and 1959. Works were performed on two occasions- from 1959 to 1961, and in 1963. A new Saltworks was formed in which, according to some accounts, had only two harvesting seasons.

During the new saltworks' construction, the Municipality invested in the Široka river's regulation, a peripheral canal construction, and works on the main sea embankment structure.

solila andjelko stjepčevićSolila, Photo by Andjelko Stjepčević

However, when the establishment of a new saltworks in the Solila area began, salt from North African saltworks began to arrive on the European market, where the costs of salt production, due to favorable natural conditions and significant wind, were significantly lower those on the northern shores of the Mediterranean.

It caused the decline of about 200 smaller, traditional salt pans in the Mediterranean and even those in Solila.

With a decision of 2007, the Solila area was protected as a unique, special nature reserve to preserve plant and animal species, primarily ornithofauna.

We must state that some irresponsible individuals have been dumping various types of waste in Solila for years, and poachers have killed everything that flies. Thanks to the Public Company "Morsko Dobro," the manager of this area, the Municipality of Tivat, the Tourist Organization of Tivat, and the Center for Protection and Study of Birds, Solila over time has become an ecotourism and birdwatching destination, with info points, a visitor center, renovated bridges, observation posts, seating, and a tourist guide service. 

One hundred fourteen (114) species of birds have been registered in Solila. However, the list is not even close to bieng finalized because several new species choose the habitat every year. Since 526 bird species have been recorded in Europe so far, the number of birds present in this lagoon makes up more than 20 percent of the total number of species of European ornithofauna.

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Out of 342 registered bird species in Montenegro, 114 species have been registered in Solila itself. And as many as 109 observed species enjoy some form of protection. All this indicates precisely how vital the Solila themselves are for the ornithofauna of Montenegro. Here we can often meet species such as seagulls, whistling duck, wild duck, gray heron, sparrowhawk, little grebe, and others. The most valuable species of birds are the Java cormorant, pebble, flamingo, and sea hawk. It is a perfect place for bird watching. In addition to birds, about 14 species of rare amphibians and reptiles live here, of which three species are threatened with extinction.

Ibises, spoon herons, storks, and flamingos have been spotted. As a curiosity, we point out that eight black ibises (lat. Plegadis falcinellus, Engl. Glossy ibis) spent time on Solila last year.

"These migratory birds, otherwise known from Egyptian mythology, nest in Europe and places in the Balkans, and they are also widespread in Africa and Asia. Until a few decades ago, ibises were on the brink of extinction due to the destruction of their habitats in wetlands. However, by protecting wetlands and raising environmental awareness, today, it can be said that the ibis population has recovered.

In our reserve, we also host a beautiful spoonbill heron (lat. Platalea leucorodia, Engl. Eurasian spoonbill), which has a characteristic spoon-shaped beak and a tuft on the head. Her body is covered with white feathers, while her legs and beak are black. This heron belongs to the ibis family and can reach a height of up to 1 m and weigh about 1 kg.

Spoonbills live in humid areas where they feed on small fish, frogs, crabs, and sometimes aquatic plants. They nest in sedges, bushes, and nests low above the water, and according to the information of the Center for Protection and Study of Birds, in Montenegro, they nest only on the island of Paratuk on the river Bojana, where 32 pairs are registered ", information from the Solila reserve states.

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These days, the Anas clypeata, which differs from other ducks with its specific, spoon-shaped beak, rests in the salt marshes. This widespread species nests in Europe, Asia, and North America, while spending the winter in the southern regions. In the Solila Nature Reserve, in 2018, the first nesting and the first cub of this duck species were recorded.

Baljoška, ​​a fox as the locals call it, fuliga (Fulica atra) is always among the first heralds of autumn migration in reserve.

This autumn, storks and flamingos are a real confirmation that we are on the right path of preserving one of the pearls of the Bay of Kotor, the Solila Nature Reserve.

Tivat saltworks - from salt grains to bird habitats, is part of the project "Tivat Breviary," which was funded through the NGO Projects Funds Provided by the Municipality of Tivat

17 Oct 2020, 21:34 PM

October 17, 2020 - The defeat of the DPS at the national level seems to be less of a surprise than the epilogue of the local elections in Tivat. The peoples' decision to place their trust in the civil lists after 24 years of rule by the DPS and coalition partners is a kind of precedent on the Balkan political scene.

Called for at the beginning of April, local elections in Tivat were postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The lack of interest from the parties at the national level in the situation in Tivat, where since 2016 the DPS had had absolute power and support of coalition partners - the Social Democrats and the Croatian Civic Initiative, prompted representatives of local parties, former opposition councilors, and members of the public to organize in the coalition list. "People Win" (NP) managed to win as many as 13 of the 32 seats in the Municipal Assembly of Tivat on August 30. The Boka Forum (BF) won two seats, and the Goran Božović list (GB) one. With the minority support of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) councilors, Tivat's new government majority has 17 seats.

DPS has nine councilors, and their traditional partners - SD and HGI - two each.

At the new parliament's constitutive session, held on September 23, the President of the Boka Forum, political scientist Doc. Dr. Andrija Petković was elected for the President of the Assembly. Yesterday, at the first working session, the new parliamentary council appointed Željko Komnenović, the People Wins list holder, as the President of the Municipality of Tivat.

Professor of Serbo-Croatian language and Yugoslav literature, journalist and publicist Zeljko Komnenovic (49), replaced the mayor, Dr. Sinisa Kusovac, relieved of his duties at the same session.

5259749 20201016 131159 ffFormer President of the Municipality, Dr. Siniša Kusovac, and the New Major of Tivat, Željko Komnenović, Photo by Siniša Luković

"I accept these duties with great seriousness, responsibility, and humility, above all towards the brave citizens of Tivat who showed great heart and determination in the elections on August 30 to take the fate of their city into their own hands. This is the beginning of a new era that we will create and trace together. The future must be the same for everyone, a future for our children, and a city of equal opportunities for all its citizens," said Komnenovic. "Tivat on August 30 voted against centralism, corruption, crime, nepotism, partitocracy, hopelessness and minority domination over the majority," said Komnenović, accepting the position of mayor.

"Although unexpected, you won an unprecedented victory and brought freedom to all of us. The biggest task is just beginning, and the coalition government of NP, BF, GB, and SDP will bring long-awaited justice to the citizens. We will conscientiously and responsibly manage the Municipality and the city's resources, take care of all our citizens and their interests. Our common goal is a rationalized and efficient local government that will solve citizens' problems and needs. In the further development of Tivat, we will try to use all the potential of our city, reduce bureaucracy, protect the rights of local people, and start more intensive cooperation between Boka cities. We will also ensure fair cooperation to investors who are implementing projects here," Komnenović pointed out, adding that the local government "should never again be enslaved to the interests of party headquarters, interest groups and captured institutions."

zeljko komnenovicNew Major of Tivat, Željko Komnenović, Photo by Siniša Luković

The new parliamentary majority previously proposed and adopted the decision on dismissing the President of the Municipality of Tivat, Dr. Siniša Kusovac. In the new parliament's long first working session, the new majority explained in detail that Kusovac did not ensure the implemention of the Strategic Development Plan of Tivat 2019-2023, whereby about thirty projects outlined in the document did not make it off the drawing board.

Kusovac also caused significant material damage to the city by signing an illegal contract to waiver 5.6 million euros of utilities to Porto Montenegro, "forgetting" almost two million euros of city money in the bankruptcy-affected Atlas Bank, and non-implementation of the court verdict in the "Dalmacijavino" affair, reads the proposal to dismiss the former mayor, Dr. Siniša Kusovac.

Dr. Andrija Petković, President of the Municipal Assembly of Tivat: We will restore the trust of citizens in institutions

Dr. Andrija Petković (BF), the new President of the Municipal Assembly of Tivat, says for Total Montenegro News that he will be 100 percent committed to the radical changes in that area that all three winning civic lists announced in their election programs.

andrija petkovicDr. Andrija Petković, Source: Municipality of Tivat

By education a political scientist, active in political and social life, Dr. Andrija Petković is a long-term journalist, who has been on several occasions professionally engaged in public relations in the state and local administration, as well as in the private sector. He worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Mediterranean Studies, and in recent years as a sports editor and presenter at Radio Tivat. He has published six collections of poetry. In the previous convocation of the Municipal Assembly of Tivat, he performed the function of councilor.

TMN: For a long time, and especially over the last four years, the assembly hall was not a space for constructive discussion and agreement on issues of importance for the city, but a body for confirmation of decisions that were often made contrary to the interests of Tivat and its citizens. They have shown in the elections that they want changes. They are expecting them now. Do you think that it is the Assembly's responsibility to restore citizens' trust in local institutions as their service? If so, how do you intend to achieve this?

First of all, I must point out that it is a great honor for me to have the opportunity to perform such an important function, first of all, from the people from the Boka Forum and then from our coalition partners. Of course, the responsibility is, therefore, all the greater since we all need to be aware of what moment we are in. Two viruses have hit us - one is the current COVID19, to which the whole world has no answer. For the second virus, the citizens of Tivat found a solution on August 30, and that is the virus DPS-SD-HGI rule, which destroyed the municipal coffers. From one of the wealthiest municipalities in Montenegro, they have put us in a situation where we have to fill a significant budget hole, so much so in fact that it sometimes seems to be bottomless.

You are right- the parliament was often a place where decisions were made that were contrary to the interests of Tivat's residents, especially those of the local population. They helped the Podgorica bureaucracy and satisfied the interests of private investors. This statement also contains the answer to your questions on how to restore citizens' trust in the system's institutions. The citizen must recognize that the decisions made in the future result from professional planning to solve the problems that have accumulated. The outcome will be an improvement in the quality of life of all members of our community.

I think the Assembly is just a small screw in the whole thing, to call it a "complex." Admittedly - an essential screw, from which that trust begins. Reasonable dialogue, constructive discussions, offering different solutions for the situations in which we are, and finding ourselves, by ignoring to the extent possible party attitudes and differences, and eliminating all petty individual interests. From the porter to the President of the Municipality, everyone must make sure that the public has no doubt that we are here to work in their interests. They must be made to feel welcome in the town hall by the people they pay to do the job.

However, there must be a change in the opposite direction as well. We hope to attract higher quality and much broader participation of citizens in public debates. We expect them to bring proposals that will not have anything to do with vested interests. And perhaps most importantly - corruption starts not from the public office but from the citizen who brings the bribe. That is the most important thing to overcome.

andrija petkovic i dritan abazovicDr. Andrija Petković and Dr. Dritan Abazović, the President of the Civic Movement URA and the Leader of the Coalition list Black on White, Source: Boka News

TMN: Do you think that the previous government had good cooperation with investors, primarily Luštica Development and Adriatic Marinas? Representatives of all three winning lists often thematized the last local government's moves, which in their opinion, were not in line with the best interests of Tivat and its citizens. In your opinion, is there a need to legally analyze this cooperation?

It depends which angle you look at. If we mean satisfying the needs of foreign and domestic investors and realizing the interests of individuals from the parties that made up the government, then that cooperation was exceptional. And if you mean bringing benefits to the local population and progress to the city, then Tivat did not get anything or at most received many times less than what was offered. Somehow all these everyday, local interests were left aside. On the flip side, every, even the slightest desire of the companies, was treated as an order. There are numerous examples. I'm not just talking about irrigating a golf course or forgiving a debt of 5.6 million euros, nor just about the most significant projects. I am also talking about smaller investments and everyday omissions which, until their appearance in an accessible public space, and even down to the smallest detail, were branded with an iron lock. We will not allow that anymore. For the new government, both at the state and local levels, the task is to find and launch all legal instruments to act in that direction.

17 Oct 2020, 16:36 PM

October 17, 2020 - A few days ago, Filip Milolović from the Croatian island of Pašman found a bottle with a comic book by Midhat Kapetanović on the beach, which was thrown into the sea this year as part of the regular program of the Herceg Novi Strip Festival's (HSF) "Comic in a Bottle".

When he found the bottle, Filip contacted the comic book author and HSF organizers and sent a photo of his find:

"I can't believe that the bottle survived the trip to Pašman," Milolovic wrote in his message, adding that he used to come to Montenegro often. Now he has more reasons to visit our country, especially when there is a festival in Herceg Novi.

The bottle found on Pašman is the second reported this year. One didn't travel so far or so long. In September in Bjelila a bottle with a comic by Filip Andronik was found by Nadja Radulovic, Ksenija Perunicic, Nikola Djuranovic from Podgorica, and Petar Batuta from Kotor, who were on holiday in Luštica.

"We were swimming on the beach, and as our dog Alfa at one point walked a little further, I went to get him and noticed something in a hole in the rock. I reached out to see what it was about and pulled out a bottle that we all then opened together and realized that it was from your festival, and sent you a photo and a message." Nadja explained how on September 14, they found another message that Herceg Novi Strip Festival had sent to the world.

Comic in a Bottle is an integral part of the Herceg Novi Comics Festival. Artists who arrived in Herceg Novi have the opportunity to see the city from the sea and get to know the beauties of the Lustica peninsula. Cruising Boka, the artists draw their comic messages, which they will lower into the sea at the entrance to the bay. News about the bottles, which have also arrived on the Italian coast, has returned every year. The organizers invite those who find them to contact them through a special section on the Herceg Novi Strip Festival's website.

17 Oct 2020, 12:44 PM

October 17, 2020 - The National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro, Tourism Organization of Tivat, Porto Montenegro, and Hotel "Regent" are the organizers of a study visit for the famous Italian photographer - Matthias Falcone, who is staying in Montenegro from October 16 to 19.

The global health crisis has significantly slowed down the dynamics and volume of travel, and the most passionate travelers and tourists are currently planning or researching their next destination through internet portals and social networks. It is therefore photos that are the deciding factor in choosing the next travel destination - emphasizes the National Tourist Organisation of Montenegro.

Falcone, who lives and works in London, is known for his photographs of prestigious world tourist destinations. He will use the four-day study visit to show the contrasts of Montenegro's natural beauty through the camera lens.

Falcone will take photos of attractive tourist locations in the Tivat part of the Bay of Kotor. He will also visit the city of Bar, where, in addition to the inevitable tour of the Old Town and the Old Olive Tree, he will have the opportunity to get acquainted with olive oil production. And to discover a main attraction in adventure tourism- a canyoning tour through the Rikavac River Canyon.

Through digital communication channels of both the photographer and the tour operator, quality photography, and the distribution of photos and content about Montenegro through some of the most visited portals in the UK, such as lodestarsanthology.co.uk, departures.com, escapismmagazine.com, and the Bradt Guide, Montenegro will continue to be promoted as an attractive tourist destination.

15 Oct 2020, 23:32 PM

October 15, 2020 - All political parties from the new majority have submitted proposals to Prime Minister-designate Zdravko Krivokapic for some of the 18 ministries that they believe have they adequate staff to lead in the new Government, Dan writes.

According to the newspaper, there is a significant amount of overlap regarding preferences for departments between the parties, which means that Prime Minister-designate Krivokapic will have to make a final decision.

It is stated that the highest number of applications is for Deputy Prime Minister and for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Interior (MIA), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). There is no interest in several departments, namely the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, and the Ministry of Finance.

Earlier, there was an agreement with the Prime Minister-designate to personally take care of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, i.e., to appoint experts to those positions.

As Dan reveals, the Democratic Front (DF) stated in a letter to Krivokapić that they are looking for the position of Deputy Prime Minister. They announced they have staff for leading roles in the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. Also, they have expressed interest in the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Public Administration, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

However, one of the ten ministers from the ranks of the DF would also perform the function of vice president.

The proposal of Democratic Montenegro states that they have staff for leading positions in the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and are looking for a Deputy Prime Minister position.

The Socialist People's Party (SNP) also suggested departments that their members could lead. And that one position of Deputy Prime Minister and four ministries, namely Agriculture and Rural Development, Labor and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of Education.

The Movement for Change (PzP) is negotiating with the Prime Minister separately. They have asked for a function in the security sector, namely the Ministry of Defense, which would be accompanied by the position of Deputy Prime Minister, as well as for the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science, and Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.

They also emphasized that these are their requirements only as far as the Government is concerned, and that they will seek positions of state secretaries and heads of various directorates.

The Civic Movement URA had stated earlier that they have staff to cover the positions of Minister of Defense and Minister of the Interior. Among their demands are the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Dan writes that URA also sought the position of Deputy Prime Minister.

Source: PCNEN

15 Oct 2020, 23:17 PM

October 15, 2020 - Women in rural areas of Montenegro, who are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, have showed how to cope during the coronavirus pandemic, and they should be helped to promote their work. This was assessment made at a conference in Niksic's Technopolis.

The representative of the Association of Olive Growers of Boka, Vesna Djukic, said that women make a significant contribution to agricultural production, food security, land management, management of natural resources, and building climate resistance.

"Women should be helped and it should be pointed out that living and working in the countryside is not just hard agricultural work. It should also be highlighted that there is an agricultural economy where they can find their place, providing themselves with social and economic security, not to mention independence." Said Djukic at the first conference on this topic in Montenegro, organized by the Association of Olive Growers Boka, with the support of the Network for Rural Development of Montenegro.

The goal of their activities is to show women in the countryside that they are involved in many more activities than they think, as well as showing them how to get out of the crisis and continue to live and work, expand agricultural production, and with the introduction of innovations, to give themselves the best possible status.

"Our ideas and efforts in encouraging women to take action and empower themselves is not feminism. It's a model approach so that those who live in the countryside and have much less information and opportunities to learn something new can better promote their work," explained Djukic.

As she said, the daily work of women in the countryside is not visible. They are also the bearers of agricultural production, innovators, and those who first and best responded to the crisis.

"Women are a source of great energy that will preserve the village, traditions, and will give and mark life in the countryside, as well as the production of healthy food, which is increasingly in demand. A woman should also be helped to improve and increase production, "said Djukić.

She stated that it is apparent every day, and with time the situation will become more and more pronounced, that food of ever poorer quality is coming to the market and that there are fewer and fewer choices for a healthy diet.

"Our goal is to have healthy food and a healthy lifestyle, and the village is a feature of both. Women are a pillar of the family, especially those in the countryside. They need help to develop their agricultural production and enter the market in a much safer and stronger position, and be competitive with imported food that may not meet all required standards. We often do not know how this imported food is produced, yet we are forced to use it," said Djukic.

The President of the Network for Rural Development, Ratko Bataković, said that the messages from today's event in Technopolis, attended by about 20 women from rural areas from almost the whole of Montenegro, would help to spread the stories of women in rural areas and their products and services in rural tourism.

"Women are the pillar the family, especially when it comes to rural areas, and when there is no female hand, there is no survival. "Without women, our farms would be closed, and there would be no rejuvenation of the village, so it is necessary to encourage women's entrepreneurship and improve their position in rural areas," Batakovic said.

He said that they are carrying out research, which will be completed by the end of the year, as part of which they visit the villages, collect data, and that so far, they have concluded that more than 90 percent of households have a central role played by women.

"Maybe fewer than five percent of households involved in agricultural production do not include women," said Batakovic.

He illustrated the importance of a woman in the village with the example of friends from Piva, who had to sell property and cattle after the death of their mother because no one had the knowledge to continue the work.

One of the conference participants, Radmila Božović from Grbalj, who is engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry together with her family, said that every woman who meets the right conditions, especially in terms of property, should be engaged in these activities.

"We grow various vegetables and fruit, we have five cows, pigs, we are also engaged in beekeeping. My working day usually starts at six in the morning, and I do all the work slowly. I was born in the village of Babine near Jabuka, between Pljevlja and Prijepolje, where I kept cattle and milked cows, and I started cultivating the land and digging when I came to Grbalj," stated Ms. Božović.

She explained that she finished catering school, but she could not get a job and started cattle breeding.

"I first bought a cow, then rented a stall at the market in Kotor. I started planting vegetables and fruit a little later, " stated Božović.

Responding to the idea that it is unusual to be engaged in cattle breeding and agriculture on the coast, Božović said that there is a lot of land, and mechanization is widespread, but the number of women involved in Kotor is very small.

"Women who are engaged in cattle breeding and agriculture could be counted on the fingers of one hand. There are many more who resell other people's products. However, it is difficult for those who are starting from scratch, " said Božović, emphasizing that they were functioning normally even during the coronavirus epidemic.

Source: Mina

14 Oct 2020, 21:15 PM
October 14, 2020 - The Covid-19 epidemic has had a devastating effect on Tivat's tourism industry figures this year. According to official Monstat data, the city recorded a 78.5% drop in tourist arrivals over an eight-month period, compared to the same period last year, while the number of overnight stays fell by 77.3%.
 
The figures were announced today at a press conference at which the Tourist Organization of Tivat presented its report on the work for the first three quarters of 2020.
 
The Director of TOT, Danica Banjević, pointed out that in the first eight months of this year, a total of 25,715 tourists visited the Tivat Riviera, and 208,725 overnight stays were recorded, which is an incomparably worse result than the previous year.
 
After excellent results and an increase in traffic compared to the same period in 2019 for the first two months of this year, the coronavirus epidemic, which began in mid-March, literally decimated tourist traffic and led to the previously record results and large number of bookings being reduced to almost zero.
 
"It's not just something that has happened to us, Covid-19 has had devastating effects on tourism around the world. According to the World Tourism Organization WTO, as of June, globally there were 65% fewer tourist arrivals, while the Mediterranean's decline was even more pronounced and amounted to 72%. Because of everything that is happening with the pandemic, it is impossible to predict what next year will bring in terms of tourism and what the situation will be with the virus worldwide. Still, we all hope that there will not be so many restrictions on the movement of people." Banjević added that TOT, in talks with representatives of the local tourism industry, will plan its activities and promotional campaign for the 2021 season, but at the same time continue with other strategic projects, such as better positioning of Tivat for the so-called MICE tourism, i.e. the beginning of Tivat's certification as an internationally recognized so-called green tourist destination.
 
She pointed out that 2020 was a significant tourist year and that what had happened in recent months cannot be compared to previous years. Also, TOT looks at the tourist deadlines in Tivat for determining the predominant profile of guests. Here their economic and consumer purchasing power is analyzed, alongside their preferences and motivations, and with that information the local tourist sector can improve what it offers, promoting Tivat alongside competing destinations in Montenegro and the wider Adriatic and Ionian Sea region.
 
The results of the tourist survey, which, despite extraordinary circumstances, was conducted this year in August and September, on a reduced sample of a total of 107 private accommodation providers, foreign and tourists from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, showed that Tivat attracts mostly younger and highly educated clients. Those tourists spent an average of 457 euros on arrangements in Tivat this summer, while the average daily consumption per visitor was just over 65 euros.
 
Guests stayed in Tivat for an average of 6 to 10 days. Most of them had excellent impressions, which is why they stated that they would return here again and recommend Tivat as a holiday destination. Answering a total of 30 questions about various aspects of what the local tourist sector has to offer, the tourists surveyed gave Tivat a relatively high average rating of 3.92, with guests expressing exceptional satisfaction with the quality of accommodation and services, staff friendliness, and food quality. In contrast, the weakest ratings were received by local traffic and, in general, road traffic infrastructure.
 
Coronavirus also significantly reduced this year's financial income for the Tourist Organization of Tivat, so in ten months their coffers received just over 248 thousand euros, which is almost 59% less than at the end of the third quarter of 2019. The massive drop in income of the overnight tourist tax amounts to 76%, which is expected due to the drastically smaller number of tourists than last year. In contrast, revenues from collecting tourist tax and membership fees to TOT increased by 16 and 11 percent, respectively.
 

317 YACHTS ARRIVED IN TIVAT IN THE NINE MONTH PERIOD 

According to TOT data, a total of 317 yachts arrived in the marinas of the Tivat Riviera in the first nine months of this year.
 
A total of EUR 15,528 of overnight tourist tax for nautical tourism facilities was collected from these vessels, of which 80%, i.e., EUR 12,422, went to the Tourist Organization of Tivat, the rest going to the National TO of Montenegro.
14 Oct 2020, 20:56 PM

October 14, 2020 - Cultural Center Tivat announces that, after a long break, Boka's first 3D cinema will show films again, showing some of the latest world premieres.

From October 15 to 21 in the Great Hall of the Cultural Centre from 20:30 the action drama "Mulan" will be shown (subtitled), and from 6.30 pm and over the next weekend at 4.30 pm, the animated comedy "Trolls - World Tour" will be shown (dubbed).

Directed by Niki Caro, written by Elizabeth Martin, Lauren Heinek, Rick Xhafe, and Amanda Silver, the 2020 film "Mulan" (produced by Walt Disney Pictures) is based on the Chinese legend of the warrior Hui Mulan. It is a version of the eponymous Disney film from 1998. Liu Yifei plays the main role in the film.

"Trolls - World Tour" is a fantastic sequel to the animated film hit from 2016, in which the main characters are played by Ana Kendrik (Ana Štajdohar) and Justin Timberlake (Marko Mandić). In an adventure that will take them far beyond the confines of their familiar world, Maka and Zakeralo will discover that they are just one of six different troll tribes, living in one of six other territories and dedicated to one of six musical directions: funk, rock, country music, techno music, classical and pop-rock. Now their world will become much bigger and much, much noisier.

The voices of other characters are performed by: Iva Stefanović, Branislav Platiša, Milan Živadinović Billy, Slobodan Stefanović, Đurđina Radić Djixx, Nikola Antonović Anton, Marko Marković, Đordje Grugović Grzi and others.

Public Institution Cultural Centre Tivat will adhere to all NCT measures, and the number for information and reservations is 069 342 799.

14 Oct 2020, 15:15 PM

October 13, 2020 - The Solila Nature Reserve in Tivat has welcomed the return of the most celebrated among wetland birds: after more than 10 years, flamingos have come back to Solila, symbolizing the commitment to the protection of endangered and rare wetland habitats!

Late yesterday afternoon, Miloš Mitkić, an ornithologist and volunteer at the Solila Nature Reserve, photographed three young flamingos feeding in the shallows of the coastal part, and their feathers, which have not yet gained their characteristic pink hue, show that they are this year's young.

Single Flamingo

 

These birds are very sensitive to disturbances and interference by humans, and it is believed that precisely due to traffic, hunting, fishing and use of canoes in the previous period, flamingos stopped coming to the area of ​​Solila. After Morsko Dobro took over management, a system of pedestrian paths was introduced, motor traffic was banned, and the authorities clamped down on poaching, which prevented people moving outside the defined paths, and which certainly contributed to the return of these elegant birds.

Flamingos often look for large areas of sea shoals, and it would appear that there is enough food for them in the sea area adjoining Solila. We believe that, due to the good management of this protected area, flamingos will again be regular guests at Solila.

 

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13 Oct 2020, 21:18 PM

October 13, 2020 - In order to make the flight check-in process easier and faster, Montenegro Airlines has introduced an online check-in service. The service is available for all Montenegro Airlines flights from Tivat and Podgorica.

By registering online from your computer, tablet or smartphone through the company's official website, passengers can access their boarding pass in just a few steps. Passengers do not need to have a printed boarding pass, but can now save it on their phone to show to airport staff.

Check in is possible no earlier than 48 hours, and no later than 2 hours before the planned departure time of the flight - Montenegro Airlines announced.

Montenegro Airlines currently operates to Ljubljana, Belgrade, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Copenhagen, Hanover, Lyon and Vienna.

By introducing online check-in, the company is further reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. Due to the current global situation, we ask passengers to familiarize themselves in advance with the general restrictions, and conditions of travel related to their destination. Detailed information on entry measures for individual countries can be found on the company's website -  the announcement states.

 

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12 Oct 2020, 16:34 PM
October 12, 2020 - The President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro, Vesna Medenica, announced that she would resign from the position, RTCG, and Vijesti portals have learned unofficially.
 
Medenica was first elected President of the Supreme Court in 2007, having served before as Supreme State Prosecutor.
 
Medenica was re-elected President of the Supreme Court in 2014 and 2019.
 
In the Progress Report on Montenegro, the European Commission (EC) pointed out the judiciary's third mandate problems.
 
The EC has expressed concern over how the Constitution has been interpreted, allowing Medenica to be elected for the third time.
 
"Last year's recommendations regarding the judiciary were only partially addressed. In particular, challenges remain with regard to the independence, professionalism, efficiency, and accountability of the judiciary. The decision of the Judicial Council to re-appoint seven court presidents, including the President of the Supreme Court, for at least a third term raises serious concerns over the Judicial Council's interpretation of the letter and the spirit of the Constitutional and legal framework, which limits those appointments to a maximum of two terms in order to prevent over-concentration of power. This is not in line with GRECO recommendations on the independence of the judiciary, which Montenegro is expected to comply with, in order not to reverse earlier achievements in judicial reform," reads "Key findings of the 2020 Report on Montenegro, " published on October 6 by the European Commission.
 
The Supreme Court told Vijesti last week that it would follow the European Commission's recommendations, without specifying whether Medenica would resign from her position. They reiterated then that the President of the Supreme Court's resignation was her prerogative and that Medenica would keep any such decision to herself.
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