August 6, 2020 - Montenegro opened its borders to Russian citizens two days ago, with the company Airports of Montenegro sending welcome messages on social networks, and the media announcing that the first planes from Moscow will fly to Tivat on August 10 - "Vijesti" writes.
On July 27, the Government of Russia passed a decision on the re-establishment of international air traffic, establishing the conditions for entry for foreigners onto the territory of the country. The first official information regarding flights to Turkey and Great Britain has been published. Although there is no official information, the media also write that airline tickets from Moscow to Tivat are on offer, starting on August 10. Judging by these data, Montenegro could expect the first guests from Russia in less than a week - unless they are deterred from visiting Montenegro by the obligation to have a PCR test when they return home.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) decided to open the borders and allow entry to Montenegro without additional conditions for citizens of the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan at its session on Monday. After the meeting, just before midnight, they announced that the tourist economy's operational headquarters proposed those countries for the "green list," which means that their residents can enter Montenegro without additional conditions.
"Considering the epidemiological situation in the countries around us, the reliability and relevance of available data, as well as the needs of our tourism economy and the national interests of Montenegro, the NKT assessed that there are no obstacles to liberalizing entry for Russian and Azerbaijani citizens," the NKT said after the session.
Yesterday, the Institute of Public Health (IPH) did not respond to "Vijesti" regarding the criteria for opening the borders for Russia and Azerbaijan, and why the Republic of Serbia is not yet on the yellow or green list. According to the data from those countries, Russia has 127.2 active cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, Azerbaijan 40.49, while in Serbia, the rate is 138.91. For comparison, there are 228.41 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in Montenegro.
Reporting that Montenegro had opened its borders to Russian citizens, and that they could enter Montenegro without having to meet any conditions, the portal mir-da.ru stated that "the only obstacle is the lack of flights that were canceled at the end of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
"However, flight connections could be re-established in the coming days. As announced on August 1, the Russian government is considering lifting the flight ban for all international destinations within ten days, and Aeroflot is already selling tickets to Tivat from August 10," mir-da.ru announced.
Flights from Russia have not been confirmed at airports in Podgorica and Tivat, and there is no official information regarding the flights on the website of Airports of Montenegro.
Source: Vijesti, mir-da.ru
Charters to run almost every day from Ukraine to Montenegro
During the forthcoming season, Ukrainian tourists are to be arriving in Montenegro almost every day, it was announced after the first charter flight from Kiev landed at Tivat Airport with 153 passengers on board.
The Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Ukraine, owner of tour operator ALF and leader of around 40 travel agents who today came to visit Montenegro, Olga Oleksienko, said that she hoped that there would indeed be a summer season this year, at least when it comes to Ukrainian tourists.
"‘Welcome’... we have been waiting for those words for a very long time ...I myself have fallen in love with Montenegro, and I hope that there will be flights from various Ukrainian cities at least four times a week. "Agents also love your country, and after visiting it they will offer some really great deals for tourists," Oleksienko said.
She thanked the embassies of Montenegro and Ukraine, the Airports of Montenegro and the National Tourist Organization for the positive cooperation that resulted in today's flight and the impressive welcome given to passengers and tourist representatives.
NTO Director Željka Radak Kukavičić highlighted that the organization of the first charter flight and the agreement for those to follow is an expression of trust by the people of Ukraine towards institutions in Montenegro.
"We have proven to be responsible partners and their arrival in such large numbers leads us to expect that we will have a flight almost every day," said Radak Kukavićić.
Assistant Director of Commercial Policy at Airports of Montenegro, Aleksandar Mitrović, pointed out that during the entry checks of Ukrainian passengers, all the recommendations of the National Coordination Body, ie the Institute of Public Health, were followed.
"I must stress that all passengers arrived with a negative PCR test, in line with the required health procedures. The airports in Tivat and Podgorica have all the necessary equipment, from masks to disinfectant. In this way, we are showing that we are protecting the health of employees and citizens and instilling confidence in passengers who come to Montenegro," said Mitrović.
Ukrainian dispatcher Natalija Fijalka once again thanked the Montenegrin side for organizing the flight and welcoming the passengers, emphasizing that the Ukrainian people are increasingly interested in coming to Montenegro.
Last year, over 60,000 tourists from Ukraine stayed in Montenegro, spending a total of over 460,000 nights. Almost 89 thousand passengers from a total of 543 aircraft landed at Tivat Airport from Ukraine.
1 July, 2020 - The Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Tivat, in cooperation with "Morsko Dobro" has, as part of the project Green Destinations, nominated Tivat for the 2020 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. The application process comprised several key steps. Namely, through the use of the Green Destinations platform, information had to be entered and reports made on the 15 criteria required, and a good practice example had to be given. Tivat Nature Reserve “Solila” was chosen as this example from Tivat Municipality, focussing on sustainable principles, problem solving, and creating a good environment for nature, tourists and the local community.
Some of the 15 criteria are: tourism policy - the destination must have a publicly available, long-term tourism policy or strategy related to environmental, aesthetic, social, cultural and economic issues, as well as issues of quality, health and safety. Air pollution - air pollution is adequately treated, and the effects of air pollution related to tourism are effectively controlled. Promotion of local products and services - the inclusion of local craftsmen, producers and service providers in the tourism chain in accordance with the principles of fair trade is supported; local and sustainable products that support nature, culture, local identity and the local economy are promoted. Sustainability Standards - Internationally recognized sustainability standards that comply with the GSTC criteria for tourism-related businesses are promoted by the destination or business sector.
Issues related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage, nature and landscape, waste treatment, etc are also included. The application for the 2020 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations was to be completed by 1st July, while feedback is expected on 1st September, and the official announcement of destinations on the final list will be made in October. Destinations selected for the Top 100 will also qualify for the Sustainable Destination Awards 2020, which will be presented at Global Green Days Destinations in the spring of 2021 in Bodrum, Turkey.
The Tourist Organization of Tivat would like to thank all the associates and colleagues from the following organisations and businesses who helped with the application and whose cooperation made it possible for Tivat to enter the TOP 100 sustainable destinations for 2020: The Secretariat for Investments, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, the Secretariat for Communal Affairs and Transport, the Secretariat for Tourism and Entrepreneurship, the Secretariat for Culture and Social Affairs, and the companies DOO "Komunalno" Tivat, Brand New Tivat, as well as the Protection and Rescue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, strategic partners Porto Montenegro and Luštica Bay and NGO Expeditio.
The Top 100 Sustainable Destinations competition is being held for the sixth time in a row and aims to present tourism stories and examples of good sustainable development practice from local and regional destinations as inspiring examples to others, both travel organizers and tourists.
Through reporting on a variety of Green Destinations criteria and also using their internet platform, destinations can work on strengthening tourism sustainability, avoiding mass tourism, and also help promote tourism, warning destinations of hidden dangers associated with tourism development.
By publishing an annual list and sharing good practices and success stories of destinations, Green Destinations aims to identify initiatives that make tourist destinations more sustainable, responsible and attractive from the point of view of the tourist experience.
Source: Radio Tivat, Zora Krstovic