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24 Nov 2019, 20:33 PM
November 24, 2019 - Montenegro has generated €1 billion and €16 million in tourism revenue in the first eleven months of this year, the director of the National Tourism Organisation Željka Radak Kukavicic told Nova M. According to her, this indicates that the upcoming winter tourist season will be hugely successful.
 
The year slowly coming to an end was more than successful when it came to tourism. According to the latest data, over two million tourists visited Montenegro in nine months and over 13.4 million overnight stays were recorded. A positive trend was also observed when it comes to finances.
 
"By November, according to the Central Bank, tourism revenues reached one billion and 16 million euros, while tourist tax revenues exceeded the figure of 9 million, which is a million and a half more than last year."
 
It also indicates that the upcoming winter tourist season will be hugely successful, says Radak Kukavicic. The season at the ski resorts will start soon, and this year's offer will be more substantial and more vibrant. If weather permits, the season will run until April 1 or 15.
 
"From the very beginning, there will be a ski resort in Kolasin, Zabljak, Berane, Rozaje, and the Vučje Ski Center. On December 14, we will officially open ski resorts in Kolasin, followed by other ski resorts, which will open the winter tourist season with a rich program."
 
How much has our country progressed as a tourist destination?
 
"Progress is evident; we have been recording it for decades in the tourism sector. We are witnessing that these are double-digit growth rates and that Montenegro is at the top of the list by the World Tourism Organization and the European Commission for Tourism when it is about its growth."
 
Adriatic Properties intends to build a new hotel in Zabljak, where Durmitor used to be. How significant are these foreign investments for promoting our country as an elite tourist destination?
 
"Something we will be proud of in Montenegro, especially when it comes to northern Montenegro.
 
The opening of the Durmitor Hotel in Zabljak by a brand that already manages hotels on the Coast will surely be one more quality in Montenegro and a message for other investors who have their brands in the coastal region to open hotels of that and similar categories in the north of Montenegro."
 
Radak Kukavičić pointed out that our country is well on its way to becoming a year-round tourist destination with an offer during all 365 days.
 
The National Tourism Organization, in cooperation with the local as well as the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Tourism Economy, promotes our country in regional and European emission markets and emphasizes those markets with which we have functional aviation connectivity.
 
Source: Nova M
24 Nov 2019, 19:51 PM
November 24, 2019 - The Center for Women's and Peace Education Anima is organizing a performance called "We Don't Give Our Lives for Your Dirty Jobs" on Monday, November 25th, at noon at the Arms Square in Kotor. The performance aims at drawing attention to the pervasive violence against women in social reality.
 
By marking the International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women begins a campaign that, in our country and around the world, points to the pervasive violence against women, as well as the activities that states (do not) undertake to reduce violence, announced Anima.
 
"Our Government, Parliament, and institutions are unaccountable for violence against women; they do not implement the adopted declarations, resolutions, and action plans. They insist on relativizing all types of violence against women, respecting somewhat only what is happening in the family. Institutional abuse is silent, and only a few examples indicate the depth of the problem.
 
Factors that contribute to violence against women are increasingly visible and present in social reality: poverty, exploitation, impunity of crimes, captured institutions, and the militarization of society with the usual, even normalized, corruption, crime, and fear. All this supported by nationalist ideologies and substantiated by the so-called patriotic struggles and deceptions make women in the most difficult situation since the start of EU accession negotiations. The actions of the women's political network on the increase of women in parliament are caricature and cynical.
 
Extremely concerned about the development of the political crisis and the consequences it may have on women's lives, Anima activists are calling on all women to claim their rights and avoid aligning with existing political actors." Anima Center for Women's and Peace Education said in a statement.
 

Violence against women in Montenegro: As many as 20 percents of women have experienced violence after the age of 15

 
According to a survey conducted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with partners in Montenegro in 2018, most women in our country are concerned about violence. One in five women has experienced physical or sexual abuse after the age of 15.
 
The study on violence against women, presented to the Parliament of Montenegro in July this year, shows that violence against women affects women of all ages, from every income group and every area in the country. The survey further revealed that shame, fear of retaliation by the perpetrator, and distrust of the services were the reason for not reporting the violence.
 
24 Nov 2019, 15:18 PM

November 24, 2019 - Montenegro has been a very interesting country in terms of geopolitics and there’s clear foreign influence on the media, which has been subject to misinformation and media manipulation.

 

Such state of affairs might affect some social and political processes, especially in the times of global tensions, so the whole society must be aware of the problem and thus make a broader social coalition for the responsible solution to this issue, President of the Association of Citizens ‘Why Not’ [in Montenegrin: Zašto ne], Darko Brkan, assessed in an interview for Dnevne Novine daily.

After Mr Bokan launched the portal Raskrinkavanje.ba [it monitors, analyzes, assesses and reveals fake news and media manipulation], many similar portals were launched in the region as well and as for MNE, it exists within the Centre for Democratic Transition, CDT, since last year.

According to him, media literacy represents the best answer to the problem of misinformation and media manipulation, but it is a long-term job and current threats need to be addressed at multiple levels, starting from the strengthening of organizations dealing with media liability.

When asked to comment on the situation in MNE and the fact that it has been exposed to a kind of hybrid war, he said: “Montenegro has similar problems as the rest of the region in this context. The media, in pursuit of sustainability, lose their independence and become spokespersons for political groups, and journalists in such situations cannot maintain their integrity. The division on the political scene leads to the division in the media.”

 

In his previous interviews, Mr Brkan used to claim that there were two types of fake media –one launching misinformation for money and others for political reasons. On the question of which one we have more in the media scene, he answered: “There is no doubt about it – the media spreading misinformation for money. “

Speaking about the cooperation with the colleagues from Montenegro, that is, the CDT, he noted: “Of course we are collaborating with our colleagues from the CDT, we have developed the methodology by joint forces, and we helped them when they were starting this whole process. Challenges before the CDT are just as ours, and our greatest challenge right now is the lack of capacities so that we can check all the articles in the media on a daily basis…but the situation is getting better.”

On the situation in the region and major issues in the media, Mr Brkan said: “There are three kinds of problems in the media: the first and the most important one is the usage of the media for political and business purposes. The problem with this is that it leads to significant violations of journalism ethics manifested through the spreading of fake news and media manipulation. Another problem is a complete transformation of the society through which we are getting the information, which came as a consequence of social networks.”

Text by CDM on November 23, 2019, read more here

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23 Nov 2019, 21:19 PM
November 23, 2019 - Today's Risan is one of the small settlements along the Bay of Kotor, best known for the Hospital for Orthopedics and Neurology, but also a top-rated tourist destination, especially in the context of tourism of particular interests - cultural and active tourism. 
 
Once the administrative center of Boka Bay, Risan was significant in ancient times, thus representing one of the most important archaeological sites of Montenegro. Besides the well-known mosaics from Roman times, a long and rich history of this small town could be recognized almost on every step. Unfortunately, Montenegro is not investing a lot of effort and knowledge to use its cultural heritage as a driver of development, and this town is one of the outstanding examples of the way this country is treating its treasure needed to be saved for the generations to come.
 
"In the past, everything used to be better, more beautiful, and more honorable than today; we keep on supporting that belief with various examples stemming from our own self-deceiving experience," writes Dr. Branko Sbutega from the Boka Navy Belgrade. This organization recently published the transcription of the book "Bay of Kotor," written by the priest Niko Luković in 1951.
 
Don Niko Luković was not only the priest of Prčanj but also a dedicated researcher who gave a lot for the culture of Boka Bay. "The Bay of Kotor" is his best-known book, and the text on Risan, which follows, is just a small part of his presentation of the vibrant and rich history of this calm Bay, always interesting for its position between East and West.
 

Risan, "The Bay of Kotor", Don Niko Luković

 
Risan was an Illyrian settlement and once the most prominent urban center in the Bay of Kotor, which used to be known as the Bay of Risan until the arrival of the Venetians. It has the oldest (Illyrian) mint in our country. The town was known by the Greeks as early as 300 BC. It was a Greek colony, as well.
 
In 228 BC, the Illyrian queen Teuta hid from the Romans in Risan, where, according to legend, she committed suicide by jumping into the sea, unable to defy them. Pliny the Younger refers to Risan as Rhizinium, "the fortified city of the Roman citizens. "In the Roman era, it had around 10,000 inhabitants. According to lore, part of it went diocese, which existed until the 16th century. When the Ottomans conquered Herceg Novi in 1538, Risan surrendered too and remained under their rule until 1687 (except for the brief interception in 1648), when it fell under the Venetian rule and remained so until 1797. "We are kind to good people"- that is what the people here are said to have responded to the Venetian doge once when he reprimanded them for their disobedience. Risan was the center of anti-Austrian resistance during the Krivosije insurgencies. In the Nevesinje Uprising of 1875, Risan was the shelter for the families from Herzegovina and the connection between the sea and the insurgents.
 
In 1875, during the liberation wars, the Ottoman authorities agreed with the Austrian government on obtaining permission to transport food to the besieged Turks in Nikšić via a route passing through Risan.  Austria demanded that the residents of Risan help, there was not a soul in Risan willing to lend a horse or actively participate in the transport of that food, which went putrid in Risan, untouched by anyone.
 
The people of Risan have always highlighted how rebellious they are when it comes to social justice. When a significant national movement against Count Khuen-Hedervary took sway in Croatia in 1903, in which several of our men were killed, the Municipality of Risan was the first in the Provence of Dalmatia to fly a black flag. Risan has had its municipality since the beginning of the 18th century. 
 
The residents of Risan were involved in the national liberation movement during World War II, many of whom fell in the battle. In October and November 1944, fierce battles were fought between the national liberation army brigades and the Germans; our fighters bested the stronger enemies and hampered their retreat. Risan was severely damaged on occasion (...)
The great benefactors Vaso Cukovic and Dimitrije Ljubatovic were also from Risan.
 
Vuk Karadzic praised the locals on the purity of their language, wearing of the folk dress, and their observation of traditional customs. Risan used to have renowned gunsmiths and folk dress markers.
 
In the past, the people of Risan mostly worked in the trade. Vast amounts of cattle, dried meat, wool, hide, and wood was exported from Montenegro via Risan. Risan used to be the main marketplace for Herzegovinians, just like Kotor used to be for Montenegrins.
 
Risan is an important archaeological site with Greek and Roman artifacts. First identified by the French in the early 19th century, the famous Roman mosaics from the early second century were rediscovered by Dušan Vuksan in 1935.
 
risan mosaicsRoman Mosaic of God Hypnos, Copyright: waytomonte
 
The five sections of some Roman palace are decorated with figural and ornamental mosaic depictions. The section showing the reclining god Hypnos is particularly beautiful. These mosaics can match the most exquisite mosaics of the period. The Montenegrin almanac Grlica wrote in 1838: "The village of Carine has preserved its name since the time of her (Queen Teuta's) residence; her castle and court were there; the walls are barely discernible, whereas the mosaic floor similar to those found in Pompei is still visible. "Last year (1950) as the Ministry of Education's Body, the Cultural Heritage Protection Bureau of (...) Montenegro initiated excavation works at the aforementioned site Carine (...). Giant blocks of processed and wonderfully ornate white Greek marble have seen the light of day, as well as marble and granite columns. They seem to have been part of some monumental Roman votive temple. There was a Roman forum too. Another mosaic has been found during these excavations. In all likelihood, it is the very mosaic mentioned by the Grlica almanac. Once systematic research has begun, and a museum of Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities has opened in Risan, the town will become a significant attraction for scholars and travelers.
 
There is a cave with a lake with drinking water in Risan. The spring of the Spila Stream is located inside the cave.
 
The late 18th-century Orthodox Church of Sts Peter and Paul has kept its interior in solid condition. The star on its front is particularly pretty. The Church contains a shroud od artistic value made by Russian nuns and received as a gift from the Russian court. This Church also contains a gospel brought from Moscow in 1754. The original Church was founded in 1601 it was restored in 1796. Another historical landmark is St Michael's Church from 1767.
 
There are two endowments of Vaso Cukovic in Risan: the modern hospital, the largest in the People's Republic of Montenegro, built according to the plan of the architect Milan Zlokovic, and the Educational Centre. The mellifluous bells of the parish church are a gift from him, too.
 
The endowment of the aforementioned Dimitrije Ljubatovic is on Rtac.
 
Lately, Risan has emerged as a popular tourist destination, as well. 
A significant attraction of Risan is the mountain range that surrounds it, creating an exceptionally romantic landscape that can only be seen in the Norwegian fjords.
 
Father Niko Lukovic, "The Bay of Kotor, "translated by Andrea Stojilkov
23 Nov 2019, 03:42 AM

Cooperation in areas of culture and tourism is successfully developed between Saint Petersburg and Herceg Novi, to the satisfaction of both sides, it was announced during a meeting between officials from the two cities. It was agreed that Saint Petersburg would be represented at the 51st Mimosa festival, and that cultural exchanges would also continue, giving the public in Herceg Novi the opportunity to attend choral concerts, theatre performances and other artistic events from this Russian cultural capital, reported Herceg Novi Municipal Information Service.

During a working visit to Saint Petersburg, held at the invitation of the mayor of the city, the Mayor of Herceg Novi Municipality Stevan Кatić, Deputy Mayor Miloš Кonjević, Director of Herceg Novi Tourism Organisation Pavle Obradović and local councillor Savo Marić met with the Chair of Saint Petersburg Culture Committee Konstantin Eduardovich Sukhenko, Head of Government Organisation “Petersburg Concert” Yekaterina Anatoliyevna Artyushkina, Yuriy Gruzdyev and representatives of the city’s Culture Committee, in the Saint Petersburg Municipal Building.

Herceg Novi and Saint Petersburg are linked by their importance as cultural centres with rich historical heritage where great artists lived and worked, as well as both being important tourist destinations in their respective countries. Culture and tourism are therefore recognised as main themes for cooperation and connection, within which there are many opportunities for projects and exchange, it was announced at the meeting. It was noted that such meetings broaden and strengthen cooperation between regions, and contribute to ensuring relations remain at the highest possible level.

 Posjeta Sankt Peterburgu razgovor čelnika 2

Photo: Herceg Novi Municipality

It was concluded that cooperation between the two cities would undoubtedly thrive as all the right conditions are in place - both in terms of the productive cultural potential of the “Northern Venice” and the “Pearl of the Adriatic” - and the goodwill of officials on both sides. A joint wish was expressed for the signing of a friendship agreement between Herceg Novi and Saint Petersburg.

Representatives of Herceg Novi thanked the Saint Petersburg Culture Committee for its readiness to support the development of cultural cooperation between the two cities. At the end of the meeting, held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the delegations exchanged gifts. Кatić presented Mr Sukhenko with a letter of thanks for strengthening and expanding cultural cooperation between Saint Petersburg and Herceg Novi.

 

Presentation of Herceg Novi tourist attractions in Saint Petersburg

In addition to the meeting with city officials, the working visit to Saint Petersburg was an opportunity for the tourist organisations of the two cities to meet. Emphasis was placed on building on the excellent cooperation developed thus far, as well as promotional issues and arrangements for the delivery of joint projects.

At the same time, a meeting was held with Svetlana Vasiliyevna Lavretsova, Director of the A. A Bryantsev Theatre, which has successfully performed twice to audiences from Herceg Novi. There was a summary of cooperation so far, and the next performance was also agreed in principle.

Presentations were also made of Herceg Novi’s tourist attractions and tourist potential to tour operators, tourism companies, and media from Russia. During the conference at the Astoria Hotel in Saint Petersburg, leading companies in the Russian tourist market had the opportunity to discover all the possibilities the city has to offer.

 

Source: Radio Jadran

22 Nov 2019, 18:37 PM

November 22, 2019 - Nevidio eco-village is the first holder of sustainability certification and the EU’s Ecolabel in northern Montenegro. This ecological certification is confirmation of the application of ecological standards relating to the environmental protection policy, rational use of water, preservation of air quality, energy efficiency, a proper deposit of waste and reduction of packaging waste.

 

Nevidio eco-village, located in Pošćenje village, on the south slope of Durmitor, offers visitors accommodation in original bungalows in the middle of the picturesque panorama of the Durmitor region.

“Raising ecological awareness of the staff and guests is the goal every eco-hotel aims to achieve by harmonizing the quality and comfort of the offer, with special emphasis on the environment protection. Nevidio is an excellent example of such accommodation, where guests can enjoy Pošćensko lake, Nevidio canyon, Durmitor NP and adventures to remember. Sustainability certification contributes to a better quality of services and strengthening position on the market”.

 

As representatives of UNDP say, Montenegro has received a total of 26 international sustainability certifications in tourism.

“Sustainability certification is the green stamp confirming that the facility creates sustainable tourism products while saving energy and water. Greater number of certified accommodation units is important for positioning Montenegro as an ecological destination on the Western European market and Northern European market”, said the UNDP representatives.

Text by CDM on November 22, 2019, read more here.

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22 Nov 2019, 18:19 PM
November 22, 2019 - The Adriatic Sea level could increase by one meter by the end of this century, which could harm coastal areas, a panel discussion in Split on "Climate Change: What Happens to the Adriatic Sea?"
 
The lecture was delivered by Dr. Ivica Vilibić, Scientific Advisor at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, organized by Rotary Club Split.
 
"There is an estimate that by 2100, the sea level in the world and the Adriatic could rise from half a meter to one meter. A rise in sea level could endanger some settlements. Imagine the sea in Split more than a meter or a half meter," said Dr. Vilibić.
 
According to these estimates, flooding on the Riva and Diocletian's basements would, for example, be more frequent.
 
The impact of climate change, he explained, can be predicted in decades, and in the coming decades, wave strikes will cause more significant damage because they will occur at higher sea levels.
"Climate change will develop across the Mediterranean, sea levels will go up slightly, and storms will have a stronger impact on a coast that is not adapted to it, and then damage occurs," said Dr. Vilibić of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries.
 
He estimated that the coasts were "overburdened."
 
"However, climate change could have a positive impact on tourism in Croatia, as the swimming season will prolong due to rising temperatures," said Dr. Vilibić.
 
According to him, due to rising temperatures, fires will be more frequent, especially in coastal areas.
22 Nov 2019, 11:49 AM

Porto Montenegro Marina Director Tony Browne has been named President of the Global Marina Institute. GMI has the responsibility for overseeing education in the marina sector, training, and certification of those marinas’ members through the institutions of the Association of Marina Industries (MIA) and British Marines (BM), said “Adriatic Marinas”.

Browne has been named President of the Institute based on ten years of experience in running and operating the Porto Montenegro Marina, the winner of the unique and prestigious Platinum Award awarded by the British Yacht Harbor Association (TYHA). With this global recognition, Porto Montenegro marina is the only marina in the world as the carrier of the highest ranking in the yachting service and industry. Browne emphasized that he is looking forward to this function and that his mission is to educate all boaters to the highest standards of the world and to do their work following the same.

The Global Marines Institute (GMI) was established in 2011 as a partnership between the British Marines Association and the Marina Industry Association - providing global training and certifications for marinas to maintain and raise standards in marinas worldwide. GMI works to maintain existing certifications and develop new certification pathways and training to meet the needs of existing marinas and marinas that are being developed around the world.

Text by Zora Krstovic, on November 22nd, 2019, read more at Radio Tivat

22 Nov 2019, 10:38 AM

The third in a series of seasonal events, the Autumn Festival will be held on Saturday, November 23, from 10 am to 2 pm, in Njegoseva Street, as well as in front of the City Cafe in Herceg Novi.

An exhibition of handicrafts and local products, food and drinks, and creative workshop for children will be on offer.

Donations will be collected for pupils from the elementary school “Daso Pavicic” for Masa Berat.

“The inspiration for celebrating food and design is autumn, and the flavors and colors of autumn fruits we have in abundance this season. An event for the whole community, something for all ages and interests,” said the organizers, members of the Non-Governmental Association NGA “Ruke” (Hands).

Text by Boka News, on November 22nd, 2019, read more at Boka News

22 Nov 2019, 10:36 AM

According to Monstat, the minimum consumer basket in October amounted to EUR 645.1, which is 0.4 percent more than in September.

"Out of the total value of the minimum consumer basket, expenditures for food and non-alcoholic beverages amounted to EUR 269.2, which is 0.4 percent less than in September," the statement said.

Statisticians said expenditures for non-food products and services amounted to 375.9 euros, which is one percent more than in September.

The minimum consumer basket refers to household consumption, which includes food and non-food products and services, which enables the maintenance of 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 caloric 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 a 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," said Monstat.

For the calculation of minimum expenditure relating 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 November 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

21 Nov 2019, 11:31 AM

The celebration of Kotor Municipality Day on November 21st began this morning when City Music, as usual, toured the city, after which a reception of City Music members was organized in the hall of the Kotor Municipality. A reception for members of the Boka Navy was held at 9.30 am.

At 10 am, wreaths were arranged for the fallen fighters in Risan. At 11.15 am in front of the building of the Municipality of Kotor, a ceremonial report and the flag of the Boka Navy was handed over. Laying wreaths at the memorial to fallen fighters at Park Sloboda (Freedom) took place at 11.30 am.

At noon, the Boka Navy performed a traditional dance at the main town square. At 1 pm in the hall of the Cultural Center "Nikola Djurkovic", the ceremonial session of the Municipal Assembly of Kotor will begin, and the award of the traditional 21 November prize.

Believers today celebrate Our Lady of Health and St. Arandjel Day.

Text by Boka News, on November 21st, 2019, read more at Boka News

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