13 December 2018 - Montenegrin ski resorts are ready to welcome all guests for the upcoming winter tourist season. Six ski resorts will be operational this winter in Montenegro - Savin Kuk and Javorovača at Durmitor, Kolašin 1450 and Kolašin 1600 in Kolašin, Vučje in Nikšić and Hajla in Rozaje.
As reported by the newspapers “Dnevne novine”, ski resorts will start working from the forthcoming weekend, except for Resort Kolašin 1600, which will open its doors to winter sports lovers just before the New Year.
According to the words of the Executive Director of the Ski Resorts of Montenegro, Miloš Popović, the prices of services at the ski centres will be at the level of last year, and the entire infrastructure will be in function as in the previous seasons.
As he explained, at the Savin kuk Ski Centre in Durmitor, which has five kilometres of ski slopes, there will be two two-seater cable cars, three ski lifts, and a children's ski lift. At the Ski Resort Kolašin 1450, which has 25 km of ski slopes, there will be two cable cars (a six-seater and a two-seater), five ski lifts and a children's ski lift.
The organisers have created the possibility to hire professional ski trainers, to rent all necessary ski equipment, and catering services will be provided at the facilities within the ski resorts (restaurants and cafes).
"The prices of ski pass will be at the last year's level. The prices for ski pass at Savin Kuk Ski Centre at Durmitor will be 12 EUR for a one-day ski pass for adults, 8 EUR for half-day ski-pass and 8 EUR for children's ski-pass. The prices at Kolašin 1450 will be 15 EUR for one-day ski-pass for adults and 11 EUR for one-day ski pass for children," said Popović.
When it comes to the structure of the guests, he pointed out that they expect guests who traditionally visit our winter centres, local guests, as well as guests from the region: from Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, as well as guests from Western and Eastern Europe.
"Ski resorts will start working at full capacity from the upcoming weekend, and the full capacity of the ski resort's infrastructure will be conditioned by snowfall, which we expect in the following period," Popović announced.
December 13, 2018 - Fifty days from the opening of the Adventure Park in Vrbanj, 1,202 people have successfully visited, while around 6,000 of them attended to enjoy nature, said the Municipality of Herceg Novi.
Among park users, 40 percent were children, while 60 percent were adults. Among the organized group visits to the Herceg Novi hinterland were sports teams, schools, scouts, hikers.
"We had visitors from all of Boka Bay, Podgorica, Bar, Nikšić, Trebinje, Dubrovnik, and Bileća. The Mountaineering Society from Dubrovnik brought about eighty people on one occasion. In addition, guests were Russians, Norwegians, Italians, as well as two Cubans who heard of the Adventure Park Vrbanj during their stay in Herceg Novi and were delighted with the contents," explains Miroslav Milanovic, the manager of the Adventure Park, acting as the organizational unit of the Agency for Construction and Development of Herceg Novi.
Although it was already snowing on Vrbanj, the Adventure Park worked during all the sunny days. Only last week there were 76 users, and over 100 visitors, who were not bothered by the lower temperatures and did not bother to test the obstacles placed in the beech forests. The adventure park will work until the end of this month whenever weather conditions allow it - when there is no rain or ice.
In addition to instructors who equip, train and monitor users, two guards are engaged to maintain the built-in equipment on a daily basis. Also, with the help of the Tourism Organization of Herceg Novi, we provided a field vehicle used for the transport of stuff, which is of particular importance for possible emergency interventions of any kind.
As Milanovic said, the effects of opening the Adventure Park are already visible. Private agencies from Herceg Novi, Kotor and Tivat announced that would include this content in the 2019 offer. Also, certain businessmen have the ideas for new complement contents, and the locals are pleased and willing to support all initiatives for organizing various events that will "in a short time revive Vrbanj."
According to the director of the Municipality Agency Boro Lučić, the past period has confirmed the predictions that the new facilities will be equal to the development of tourism in the suburban area.
The construction of the Adventure Park in Vrbanj is part of the INTERREG - IPA project "Adriatic Canyoning" implemented by the Agency for Construction and Development in cooperation with partners from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of this project we are expecting an "Orjen Adventure Weekend" in spring, which will further affirm the Adventure Park and beauty of the Herceg Novi hinterland, says the Municipality announcement.
12 December 2018 - On the occasion of the official opening of the winter season in Žabljak on December 15 and 16, the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro is organizing a “Ski opening” weekend.
On Saturday, December 15, visitors of Žabljak will be able to enjoy a free all-day program at the “Savin kuk” Ski Resort and the city square. For the youngest visitors, the organization has provided ski instructors, animators, snowmobiles, tickets for the adventure park and numerous fun games. The adult activities ski opening program includes a free ski pass, adventure park tickets and snowshoe walks.
Additionally, the entertaining segment of the program, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, will include the sounds of DJ Mr Jools, followed by majorettes, free drinks and preparation, and a tasting of the traditional meal of Northern Montenegro, kačamak.
From 4 pm to 8 pm, the entertainment program will continue at the Durmitor Warriors' Square, where a concert of the band “Senkina đeca” will be held. The celebration includes free food and drinks, a lighting up of the Christmas tree in the town square and fireworks.
On Sunday, December 16, all visitors to the Ski Centre “Savin kuk” get a 50% discount on the price of a ski pass.
For both days of the weekend celebration, National Tourist Organization of Montenegro has prepared free bus transport for all interested visitors. Reservations can be made no later than Thursday, December 13, by a free call to call centre number 0 8000 1300 from 7 am to 3 pm.
On Saturday, December 15, departure from Podgorica is scheduled at 8 am in front of the Hotel "Podgorica", and return is reserved for at 4 pm from “Savin kuk” Resort or at 8 pm from the Durmitor Warriors' Square. Transport from the ski resort to the square is also provided at 3:30 pm.
On Sunday, December 16, departure from Podgorica is planned at 8 am in front of the Hotel "Podgorica", and return from the “Savin Kuk” Ski Resort is at 4 pm.
After Žabljak, National Tourism Organization of Montenegro will organize a similar ski opening event in Kolašin.
11 December 2018 - The historical Mansion of Ivo Andrić, a famous Yugoslav novelist and poet and a Nobel Prize laureate, located in the Topla district of Herceg Novi will be fully reconstructed by June 2019 with special attention to the preservation of its appearance and authentic elements in order to fully meet the aesthetic standards which Andrić himself set up, announced the representatives of the Municipality. The Mansion is a unique object of undeniable cultural value, not only for Herceg Novi and Montenegro but also for the region.
"We do not intend to devastate what Andrić has set as his aesthetic standards, so the building will have the appearance which was originally imagined and constructed," said the head of the Office for International Cooperation of the Municipality of Herceg Novi, Simonida Kordić.
With the renovation process of the Mansion, Herceg Novi will get a modern, refurbished house of literature and a prominent place for cultural, artistic and tourist experience. Although the project foresees that works on the reconstruction should last until 2020, the process is accelerated because the Herceg Novi Municipality representatives assessed that it is of great importance that this building becomes operational for the next summer season. "There will be plenty of interactive equipment, because of the idea that the building should not represent only a monument to Andrić, but it should also become a part of the life of the citizens of Herceg Novi and its visitors. In addition to the aforementioned equipment, which will introduce the Andrić’s Mansion to the new age, we will also acquire elements that reflect the spirit of the author himself - authentic furniture from that period and other equipment of museological quality, in order to preserve the spirit of the times the author has lived in, "said Kordić. She added that the facility would also be adapted to persons with disabilities and less mobility by building a ramp.
Reconstruction of the House of Ivo Andrić is carried out through the cross-border project "Co.Co. Tour" implemented by the Office for International Cooperation of the Municipality of Herceg Novi, and approved in the framework of the cross-border cooperation program Italy-Albania-Montenegro. The total funds provided for this project are 190,000 EUR.
10 December 2018 - Destination management organisations not only need to motivate potential visitors before they come to the location but ensure their overall impression of the journey is maximised with sufficient reasons to remember the experience and “tell the tales” about it once they return home. Tourists want information in the palm of their hand, ahead of the holiday and as soon as they arrive in a city.
Technology advancement has created the possibility to present travel tours and landscapes using mobile applications. Such applications not only make this information accessible from anywhere in the world but also give the opportunity to everyone to surface information about the tourist routes, to check the tourist infrastructure facilities, examine history, culture and natural monuments, make a tour/hotel booking in online etc.
An available and straightforward one-application-only solution that contains all the information visitors want to know encourages further exploration and discovery of the destination.
During last weekend, Tourist Organization of Tivat released the mobile application “Visit Tivat,” which offers plenty information on all current topics of interest to tourists when planning to visit this city and during the visit. The application was made in Montenegrin and English. “-What to see; -where to eat; -where to stay; -what to do; -what is Tivat known for “are just some of the questions answered by the newly released application. One of its advantages is that you can use the app offline as well.
“Visit Tivat mobile guide also has an integrated map function to enable you to visualise your itinerary, get directions and see where places of interest are located. In essence, this is Tivat’s guide on your mobile phone,” explains the developer within the Play Store description of the application.
Within the mobile application, Tourist Organization has highlighted all events and special offers to make the tour around the gem of the Montenegrin coast exciting and memorable for all tourists. The main goal of the “Visit Tivat” application is to provide information for the exploration of the city and remind the tourists why they want to come back again and share the experience with friends and family.
The next project which TO Tivat will work on is the implementation of other foreign languages for the mobile application as well as for the interactive display (a project initiated in 2017).
09 December 2018 - The street food industry has always been present but has never enjoyed such publicity and glory as it does today. Every day people are increasingly looking for a quick and cheap meal which is the main offer of portable booths and other catering facilities of the kind. Street food vending offer includes a various selection of ready-to-eat meals, snacks, fruits, and drinks.
The administration of Kotor Municipality recognized the convenience of ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place to tourists. The Directorate for Development and Construction of Kotor has published a public call for lease for temporary use of portable booths for sale of cakes, pastries, “ruštule” (appetizer often served in Bay of Kotor), crepes, sausages, small fish and shellfish, French fries, boiled wine and other hot and cold drinks at the location of the city promenade. Street food is generally convenient and cheap and quite simple regarding preparation and ingredients. Still, the few bites eaten on the streets of an exciting destination is often a perfect way to sample some authentic local cuisine.
As stated in the public call, the term for issuing a portable booth is from December 14, 2018, to January 20, 2019. This means that people from Kotor, as well as tourists from the country and abroad, will be able to enjoy freshly made home specialties from Kotor and from all over Montenegro. The number of booths is limited, which means that only the very best vendors can secure a place there. It is especially worth a visit during the holiday seasons, since Kotor offers rich New Year programme (you can read about it here). Come hungry as the food stalls will offer delicious food and you’ll certainly want to pop into a nearby pub for a pint at the end!
Working hours are set in advance, from 10 am to 9 pm, except on December 30, December 31, January 1 and January 2, when the working time is extended to 1 am.
09 December 2018 - The tourist organization of the Žabljak Municipality has recently published a report explaining the activities undertaken for the preparation of the upcoming tourist season. The representatives of this organization revealed that the ski centres “Savin kuk” and “Javorovača”, whose terrains and infrastructure are fully prepared, will start operating at the end of the month when the first tourists are expected in Žabljak.
The preparations for the tourist season in Žabljak included the modernization of ski centres, especially on “Savin kuk” where a new road from the city to the ski resort was built, as well as new, modern parking for visitors. Works on the construction of the artificial snowmaking system are still in progress; therefore this new type of infrastructure on the “Savin kuk” Ski Resort will be available only from the next tourist season.
Representatives of the Žabljak TO also stated that in the second half of the month, the city is organizing the traditional gathering and decorating of the city, along with a New Year Bazaar on the main town square, which will mark the beginning of the winter tourist season.
This organization has also published the prices for the ski centres. When it comes to “Savin kuk” Ski Resort, the prices are the following:
Freeskiing will be provided for children from Žabljak up to 14 years old, Montenegrin Ski Team and Mountain Rescue Service.
When it comes to “Javorovača” Ski Resort, these are the prices:
08 December 2018 - Luštica Development Company presented the Luštica Bay Project in China for the first time. The project was presented at a prominent event organized in cooperation with the largest portal for investments and real estate in China, Juwai China Agent Summit.
“We are delighted to be the golden sponsor of Juwai China Agent Summit 2018, and a key speaker at the Property Forum today in Shanghai,” said the representatives of Luštica Development Company.
Juwai China Agent Summit is an event in China that provides instant on-the-ground sales channels, allowing individuals and companies to network with local Chinese agents, extend their network in China, and learn from industry experts about how to connect and do business with Chinese overseas property buyers. Juwai, which means “home overseas”, is visited by thousands of Chinese buyers each day from over 326 cities throughout China, as well as major Chinese communities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Beyond the opportunity to gain insights into the Chinese market from industry leaders, international agents who visit the Juwai event, gain the privilege to network one-to-one with top local Chinese agents from areas like real estate, immigration, financial wealth planning, and education industries – who may become valuable allies in capturing the vast Chinese “buying homes overseas” market.
Representatives of Luštica Development have had a great honour to participate in such an event, and even become the “golden sponsor” of the Juwai Manifestation. Still, their presentation in China continued during the Luxury Properties Showcase 2018 in Shanghai. LPS Shanghai is the leading luxury real estate exhibition held in China’s commercial and financial capital. Organised in cooperation with over 200 official media & show partners, the eighteenth consecutive edition of LPS has allowed the city’s elite property buyers to interact and mingle with the world’s most influential property experts. Held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre located in the heart of the city, LPS Shanghai 2018 showcased properties from all over the world: China, USA, Canada, UAE, Australia, France, UK, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and many more.
By building an impressive and luxurious marina town that offers waterfront residences, hotels, berths, golf and lifestyle facilities, Luštica Development team has become a valuable segment of Orascom Development Holding. The representatives of LD took part in the LP Shanghai Showcase as key speakers of the event. “This is the first presentation of Luštica Development Projects to the Chinese market. We had an opportunity to explain all about our latest developments and projects to the visitors of the fair,” announced the LD PR service.
08 December 2018 - Porto Montenegro was awarded recognition at this year’s prestigious regional CIJ Awards for Serbia and Southeast Europe, with successes across three categories: Best Lux Residential Development, Best Overall Residential Development, and Best Marketing & PR Campaign of the Year. Competing against some strong real estate candidates in the region, Porto Montenegro managed to secure the most significant and best-ranked nominations, as voted by a network of members and partners of CIJ, the CEE & SEE Europe’s Real Estate businesses.
The Porto Montenegro marina village features contemporary chic residences with architecture inspired by the Italian Riviera, ideally suited to the surroundings of the Bay of Kotor. The residences offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations and luxury penthouses, roof terraces and infinity pool podiums with spectacular views of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, as well as a stunning backdrop of Mount Lovćen. These are all factors that make Porto Montenegro one of the most prestigious addresses on the Montenegrin coast, with 290 completed residential units and a total of 410 anticipated in summer 2019, commented National PR Manager at Porto Montenegro, Kristina Skanata.
These awards serve as an acknowledgment to the investors, team of architects and interior designers, and all partner companies involved in the construction of the development. Above all, we are particularly proud to have received the award for the Best Marketing & PR Campaign of the Year. This tells us that we’ve succeeded in promoting a positive image of Porto Montenegro throughout the region, as well as promoting the Tivat Riviera and Montenegro as a destination, she added.
The third CIJ Awards Serbia/SEE took place in Belgrade this week at the Hyatt hotel with a multinational crowd on hand to cheer on the winners. The region has been the focus of an increasing level of investment into real estate, including industrial, retail and residential projects. The results of this wave of investment is now making itself felt in the country with increasing numbers of high-quality projects hitting the market, commented Robert Fletcher, General Manager of CIJ.
The CIJ Awards is a coveted annual awards ceremony for the real estate industry across South East Europe organized by CIJ EUROPE, the leading real estate news provider across North to South East Europe. CIJ EUROPE was founded in 1994.
Read more about the CIJ Awards Ceremony and Porto Montenegro here.