03 October 2019 - Montenegro Airlines has provided the passengers of Slovenian Adria Airways to travel to their desired destinations under very favorable conditions.
Representatives of Montenegro Airlines said they'll offer 60 EUR flights for Podgorica-Ljubljana, as well as from Podgorica or Tivat to Belgrade. For other destinations the ticket will cost 90 EUR.
Passengers who have a YM flight or have an Adria Airways ticket and want to use them on direct YM flights will be offered 60 EUR for the Podgorica-Ljubljana line, the representatives of this company said in a public statement.
The offer includes a single piece of luggage with standard dimensions (up to 23 kilograms), and 158 centimeters maximum. The offer is valid from 1 to 10 October and refers to flights operated by Montenegro Airlines.
Montenegro Airlines adopted the decision on introducing special prices after Slovenian Adria Airways declared bankruptcy owing to insolvency, reports Cafe del Montenegro.
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October 3, 2019 - The HSF association of comic lovers confirmed their quality work by another extremely successful and, according to the participants and visitors, superbly organized edition of the Herceg Novi Strip Festival. The thirteenth HSF took place in several locations in Herceg Novi in early September, getting together the most prominent strip authors of today. But, there is no rest. They continue the mission of networking with regional events dedicated to the ninth art.
The National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro is participating in the international tourism fair IFTM Top Resa from the 1st to 4th of October in Paris, as part of its promotional activities on the French market.
At the National Tourism Organisation’s stand in Paris, local tourist organisations are participating from Bar, Ulcinj, Budva, Kotor, Podgorica, and Bijelo Polje, alongside JP Morsko Dobro, Montenegro Airlines, Montenegro Stars Hotels Group, HG Budva Rivijera, Beppler & Jacobson Montenegro, Lazure Hotel & Marina, and agencies Montenegro Tourist Service, Luminalis DMC and MTO Travel.
IFTM Top Resa brings together a large number of exhibitors from over 160 countries worldwide. Some 34,000 tourism professionals and 1,000 media representatives are expected from across the globe. After participating in the fair NTO Montenegro and partners will organise a study trip to Montenegro for the largest French tour operators.
Paris Fair IFTM Top Resa: NTO Montenegro
There were many interested visitors to the Montenegrin stand even on the first day, where they were allowed to discover the wide variety of what is on offer for tourists in Montenegro, the natural and cultural sights, options for active nature holidays and favourable arrangements for tourists. During the fair, French tourists have the opportunity to discover the culinary delights of Montenegro, with tasting sessions of home-made delicacies.
“Known as particularly curious tourists, the French want to take in as much as they can from their annual holiday. The main reasons for French tourists visiting Montenegro are to see the cultural sights, discover the natural heritage and local gastronomy, as well as sports and adventure tourism,” stated the Organisation.
In recent years, French tourists have been choosing Montenegro as their holiday destination in ever greater numbers. In 2018, Montenegro saw double-digit growth on the French market, and the trend continued this year. From the start of the year to the end of August, 9.3% more French tourists stayed in group accommodation (hotels and those of similar capacity), staying for 5.7% more nights. From the total tourist traffic in the first eight months of this year, French tourists made up 6.3% of foreign visitor trips, 8.1% in terms of numbers of nights. The French are in third place in terms of nights spent by foreign tourists. The average length of stay at their destination is five days.
Besides the quality of what is on offer, the availability of flight connections has had an impact on the number of tourists visiting from this market. Montenegro Airlines runs regular flights from Podgorica and Tivat to Paris and Lyon, and last year saw growth of 59.5% in the number of French travellers, compared to 2017. Concerning French traffic, Transavia France runs flights from April to November on the Paris-Podgorica route, and SmartWings runs from Lille between May and November.
The National Tourism Agency of Montenegro, together with local tourism organisations and the tourism industry, hosted a study group in May for prominent journalists from France, including representatives from GEO Magazine, the most widely-read tourism publication in France. Seven reports on Montenegro are soon to be published in the magazine. Recently, the French publication The Good Life also wrote about Montenegro as an attractive tourist destination worth visiting.
Source: Radio Jadran
02 October 2019 - Montenegro is recognized as a promoter of peace, social inclusion and cohesion, tolerance and regional cooperation, economic growth and stability in the part of the world characterized by complex interstate relations, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović at the Days of Dialogue Conference.
The two-day reunion Days of Dialogue: Let’s talk about the future, was opened in Podgorica today, gathering over a hundred participants from different sectors, with the aim of opening conversation about social cohesion in Montenegro and the region.
The event is organized by the UNDP program and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Srđan Dramanović said that Montenegro was recognized as a promoter of peace, social inclusion and cohesion, tolerance and regional cooperation, economic growth and stability in that part of the world characterized by complex interstate relations.
He pointed out that target groups in this project – young people, women, and media – were one of the most important factors of the creation of a mature and responsible society, strengthening trust and promotion of dialogue and tolerance.
"Montenegro will remain a reliable UN partner in the activities aimed at strengthening peace, coexistence, and tolerance in the region and worldwide," pointed out Darmanović.
Daniela Gasparikova, the permanent UNDP representative in Montenegro, said that she had visited Montenegro for the first time in 1998, reports CdM.
"The progress is evident: Montenegro has achieved so much in the process of democratization, equality and respect for differences. In addition, it plays an important role in the stability of the region. Since I was appointed a permanent UNDP representative, I have been travelling across the country in order to feel life in local communities. What I saw is the richness of diversity and that is Montenegro’s advantage and a strong foundation for further progress," concluded Gasparikova.
Participants in the two-day dialogue come from all different kinds of spheres. Dialogue for the Future provides a platform where people from different social spheres meet and create solutions for a better future. Highest officials from three countries have joined forces with UN organizations, endeavoring to contribute to inclusive growth around the region.
"Dialogue for the Future” regional program is financed by UN funds for peace development. A key partner in the implementation of this project in Montenegro is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Also, the Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Human and Minority rights are actively engaged in the program.
In the next two days, participants will get the opportunity to create solutions for the communities, countries and the region, for the sake of citizens. Finally, the solutions will be presented in the regional dialogue in Sarajevo at the end of November.
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02 October 2019 - According to the National Statistical Office (MONSTAT), over 118.068 tourists visited the capital city of Montenegro - Podgorica between 1 January and 31 August of 2019 and that is 7% more than in the same period last year.
In June, July and August, around 61.028 tourists visited the Capital and there were 101.600 overnight stays, the representatives of the Tourist Organization Podgorica stated.
According to data, 8.653 tourists visited Podgorica in June, and there were 31.273 overnight stays, whereas, in July, there were 20.664 tourists and 31.798 overnight stays.
A total of 21.711 tourist arrivals were recorded in August, which is 13% more than last year, with 38.559 overnight stays. The progress in Podgorica tourism is the result of several factors, the development of the tourism product in Podgorica being one of them. All segments in the tourism offer have synergy. In addition, offer in tourism in the Capital tends to include some new amenities, in accordance with the tourists’ demands, their tastes, and tourism market trends.
As far as the tourism offer in Podgorica is concerned, representatives of TO say that NP Skadar lake stands out, as it offers numerous possibilities: hiking, bird-watching, cruising…
Other attractive locations in Podgorica include the greatest vineyard in Europe, "Plantaže", wine cellar "Šipčanik” and archaeological sites, Medun and Duklja. There is a huge interest in cultural and religious tourism too.
Tourists also want to feel the spirit of the town and visit the old streets downtown, bridges, Castle of Petrović family and museums and galleries, reports Cafe del Montenegro.
Podgorica Culture Summer contains all the segments from the area of art. Another interesting event is "Lets’ go to Morača”. This summer saw Regional Kayak regatta, with the aim of promoting rivers in Podgorica and their immense potential for the development of selective forms of tourism and numerous sports.
"As for the newer events, we will mention Podgorica Holiday and Spring Market, the event contributing to the improvement of tourism offer and further promotion of the Capital," said the representatives of TO.
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Skadar Lake National Park was visited by 127,572 tourists this year, which is 49 percent more than last year, and twice as much as in 2017, said Nenad Ivanovic, the director of the park.
He pointed out that 2019 was record-breaking in attendance, with ticket revenues exceeding half a million euros. As many as 1,500 tourists visit the Lake in one day.
“This year, we have aggressive growth and the postseason is outstanding. The reasons for such a drastic increase in visitors are indeed in a good campaign at international fairs, investments in tourism infrastructure and the introducing of the e-visitor application," said Ivanovic, noting that this number refers only to tourists who cruise Skadar lake, while the real number of guests who visit and individually tour the park is much larger.
Tourists who visited Skadar Lake this year are from many countries around the world, most of them from France and Germany.
"There are very few countries from which there were no tourists. More and more are from the Far East," Ivanovic said.
He adds that the post-season is also very successful and that tourists are expected to arrive by early November.
"In September and October, groups have come who paid for the visit in advance. They come regardless of the weather. In mid-October, we expect a slight decline, and from November 10 there are no more tourists. Let's say we had 800 tourists on Wednesday, September 25th, and our record was 1,500 tourists in one day. In June, we had the smallest growth due to rainy weather," he added.
Ivanovic points out that they must work on improving the infrastructure. Thus, recently they have made a track on Virpazar, which is multi-purpose, and above all, facilitates and enables a safer crossing of the main road and the Podgorica-Bar railway. It is important for security reasons, because now visitors and residents of this place will be able to cross the railway and the intersection safely, and I am sure that it will enable a better valorization of the area," Ivanovic said.
The park management plans to procure two new tourist boats next year. He adds that it is a particular business, since 130 private vessels already operate on the lake.
“There are a large number of locals involved in the business. There are more than 80 locals who own these boats and they have to make some deal with them which is very difficult. National parks have been conceived since their inception as institutions that will improve the quality of life for people living in these areas, ”said Ivanovic.
He also noted that the temporary facilities plan expires at the end of the year and that a new one should be made in the next three to five years.
“We also plan to provide parking spaces, because that is a problem in Virpazar, and it is something that is basic. We will ask for temporary facilities to be leased for a period of three years, not just a year as before. Because if you are the owner of something for three years you have the desire and the will to devote to it, ”explains Ivanovic.
01 October 2019 - In the first eight months of this year, Montenegrin hotels welcomed 913.981 guests, i.e., there were 17,2 per cent more guests compared to the same period last year. In addition, 3.508.608 overnight stays were registered, i.e., 9,2 per cent more than last year, suggest the latest preliminary data of the Montenegrin Statistical Office, MONSTAT.
MONSTAT’s latest data also indicate another positive trend: in June, July and August 2018, 517.160 guests stayed in Montenegrin hotels, while this year there were 571.632 guests. In 2018, there were 2.485.411 overnight stays in hotels, and this year there were 2.644.762 overnights. The number of foreign tourists in Montenegro who stayed in collective accommodation (hotels, camping sites, tourist resorts, vacation facilities, boarding houses, motels, etc.) was 827.356, that is, 3.151.272 overnight stays, writes Cafe del Montenegro.
The August results additionally contributed to the average hotel stay in Montenegro. The average stay was 3,3 in June, 3,55 in July, while the average stay of all tourists visiting Montenegro from the beginning of the year to the end of August reached 3,84 per guest. Concerning the average overnight stays by the regions, it ranged from 4,12 in the coast to over two overnights in the north, and 1,66 overnight stay in the capital, Podgorica.
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September has indeed been warm, and the time has been used by many to work on their homes, repair their roofs, garden and also to take a stroll and swim in the sea. The balmy weather is also most likely the reason for an increase in the number of guests staying on the Herceg Novi Riviera, 9690 in total, which is an increase of 30 percent on last year, shared almost equally between hotels and private accommodation.
It’s well known that locals prefer to enjoy the September sunshine and sea, not yet cooled by storms or rain. The unbearable heat and crowds pass, and the locals themselves can then experience a welcome gift of the warm, therapeutic caress of the sea and the sun’s rays.
The air temperature in recent days has reached 29°c, and the sea 23°C. This meant that many locals have been joining tourists, mainly from Russia, on the beaches.
However, one can rarely count on the swimming season to continue through October. From today, many of those running the beach bars are shutting up shop. They follow what the forecasts say, and it doesn’t pay to hold out much longer. Meteorologists are predicting a cold front from tomorrow, with rain in the evening, and temperatures some 7-8 degrees cooler.
But today? Well, it still looks a lot like summer!
Source: Radio Jadran
The national carrier of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark - Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced yesterday that it would be adding another scheduled service to Tivat, starting in summer 2020.
The service from Copenhagen to Tivat will operate from 1 July to 8 August next year.
Flights will run twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with an Airbus A321, providing significantly larger capacity than the aircraft already used by SAS on its regular summer flights from Oslo and Stockholm to Tivat.
The non-governmental organization Green Home presented the results of the project "I am ready", which lasted for nine months and aimed at raising awareness among primary and secondary school students about the risks of natural and other disasters through educational campaigns (fires, floods, earthquakes, heatstroke, snow, and snowstorms, etc.).
According to Green Home spokeswoman Sanja Orlandic, the goal was to contribute to prevention, more adequate and faster response in the event of a natural disaster, protection of ecosystems and improvement of the environment.
The project was supported by the Ministry of the Interior, from the funds of the Protection and Rescue Fund, and it lasted from January 1st to September 30th.
Pupils from Herceg Novi Elementary School “Blazo Jokov Orlandic” proved to be the best in the campaign and were rewarded with twenty tents and sleeping bags, while students from other schools received first aid kits and fire extinguishers.
Text by Borko Zdero, on September 30th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The Public Works Administration has launched a tender for the reconstruction of King Nikola's Castle in Niksic.
Bids can be submitted by October 23, when their opening is scheduled, while the decision on the selection of the best bidder, based on the price and quality of the bid, will be made within 30 days.
The works on the Castle, worth 1.2m euros, as previously announced by the local government, imply the complete reconstruction of walls, ceilings, floors, part of the roof, repair of stone driveways and stairways, adaptation of the building to persons with disabilities, while special attention will be paid donated to the Heating and Cooling System for exhibit protection at the Native Museum. The deadline for completion is 12 months from the appointment of the contractor.
A tender for technical supervision during the reconstruction of the Castle has also been announced, and bids can be submitted by October 28, while the decision on the selection of the most favorable bid will be made within 60 days.
King Nikola's castle, the most beautiful building built by the family Petrovic, is located next to the city park and the Congregation Church.
It was built in 1900 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the reign of Prince Nikola.
For years, the Castle, which houses the Native Museum, two galleries, and a library, has been decaying, and because of the moisture and the roof leaking the museum exhibits have been threatened. There are five collections in the museum-gallery section - archeological, antique and medieval, ethnological, historical and gallery holdings.
Although the museum contains precious collections, such as archeological from the prehistoric site the Red Rock with more than 9.5 thousand objects, weapons from all the battles of the Montenegrin history, and the most significant ones were played in the territory of Niksic (Grahovo, Grahovac, Duga, Vucji do, Ostroski klanac). The gallery stock has the works of Lubarda, Sobajic, Prijovic, Stanic - a building that many say is the most beautiful of the four residences of the Montenegrin king, has simply been forgotten for years.
There were also five burglaries and collections, especially numismatic, were damaged.
The dilapidated facade, the curtains that "hide" the damp and moldy walls, has for years been a sad image of the Castle, which has never been sufficiently touristic valorized.
From 1919 until the beginning of World War II, a gymnasium was located in the Castle.
During the war, it was significantly demolished, and from 1949 to 1975 it housed the Primary School "Luka Simonovic", while the ground floor of the Castle from 1976 to 1980 was used by the Secondary School of Economics and Hospitality.
The castle, which until a few years ago housed an archive department that was moved to Niksic Theater building, was renovated in 1984.
Text by Svetlana Mandic, on September 30th, 2019, read more at Vijesti