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17 Jan 2019, 23:23 PM

17 January 2019 - During the fifth session of the Bijelo Polje Municipal Assembly, the President of the Bijelo Polje Municipality, Petar Smolović, stated that the construction of the Ski Centre “ Cmiljača ”, worth 23 million EUR, should be completed by 2022.

This implementation of the “Cmiljača“ Project consists of two phases. The first phase includes works on the construction of road infrastructure, construction of base station with accompanying facilities, parking space, construction of electric power network, ski lifts, hydrotechnical and telecommunication infrastructure, about 3 kilometres of ski tracks and the purchase of necessary machinery and equipment. The planned deadline for the completion of the first phase is 2020.

The second phase includes work on getting enough snow on the skiing track. The planned deadline for the completion of phase two is 2022.

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The President explained that the roadway connecting the Ski Center "Cmiljača" on Bjelasica with the main road M21 is the route Ravna Rijeka –Latinska kosa - Jasikovac –Cmiljača, which has the length of 15.5 kilometres.

Aside from the construction of the ski lift, the Ski Centre "Cmiljača" Project includes construction of the base station, according to the “project-build” system, with 1200 square metres. The base station will have 300 parking spaces, and the investment value of this segment of the project is 1.1 million EUR.

The value of the contract for the construction of the cableway is 7,988,000 EUR.

The ski lift will be 1140 metres long, with seven seats and a capacity of 2600 skiers per hour and 3 kilometres of ski slopes, with an average width of 40 metres. The deadline for the construction of the cableway is 18 months from the date of obtainment of the building permit. “We have yet to get the technical documentation for the artificial snowmaking system which will create 30 centimetres of snow during 60 hours with a humid temperature (-5 C °),” said the President during the Assembly.

Montenegro has launched the Project "Cmiljača" with the aim of creating the necessary conditions for attracting investors who will build the accommodation facilities and further develop the ski centre. The completion of the project will positively influence not only the growth of winter tourism within the country, but also the development of the whole northern region of Montenegro.

17 Jan 2019, 02:37 AM

16 January 2019 - The culture, aesthetics, and traditions of China, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, will be presented to the Montenegrin audience through the Week of Chinese Culture. The program will be organised in Podgorica, from January 16 to 23, in the organization of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.

The cultural wealth of China will be presented through three thematic units - Chinese Movie Week, National Symphony Concert and two-day Introduction to Chinese intangible heritage.

From January 16 to 22, the Cineplexx Cinema at the Delta City Mall will screen one of the best Chinese films every day at 6 pm.

The first film which was screened is the rewarded drama "Aftershock," which the audience has had the chance to watch on Wednesday. On Thursday, the visitors were able to see the film "Internal Affairs." “Youth” will be screened on Friday, while on Saturday the audience will be able to enjoy the cult film from 1993, "Farewell My Concubine." The Sunday projection is reserved for the romantic comedy "Love is not blind."

On Monday, January 21, a film that won four Oscars, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will be screened at the Cineplex Cinema. The Chinese movie week will end after the screening of the film which was partly shot in Montenegro, "The Golden Job," which is on the repertoire on January 22.

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The Chinese National Symphony Concert will be held at the Montenegrin National Theatre on Thursday, January 17. On this occasion, Chinese artists gathered in the Gansu dance troupe will enrich the program with music and dance performance, introducing the audience with the culture from different parts of China. This troupe is the creator of the masterpiece of the Chinese dance theatre called “Silk Road”, which will be performed for the Montenegrin audience.

The Chinese Culture Week will end with the closing of the two-day manifestation - Introduction to Chinese Intangible Heritage. In the central atrium of Delta City Mall, during January 22 and 23, the customs and heritage of the city of Guangzhou, the cultural centre of Southeast Asia, will be presented.

Visitors will be able to get acquainted with the process of creating many famous Chinese handicrafts, such as colourful figures made of rice, festive lanterns made of paper tape, as well as with ancient painting skills, stone carving, incense burning and tea drinking, which all have an essential place in the culture of China.

The entrance to all events is free, but due to the limited number of seats, it is necessary to reserve tickets for the institutions hosting the events (Cineplexx and the Montenegrin National Theatre).

By marking the Chinese Culture Week, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China strives to contribute to further understanding of the Chinese customs by the people of Montenegro. The Chinese Culture Week is organized as an overture to the Chinese New Year, the most important traditional Chinese holiday, which begins on February 5, 2019.

Source: TVCG

17 Jan 2019, 01:29 AM

16 January 2019 - The final preparations for the opening of the 52nd Herceg Novi Winter Salon, which is scheduled for January 31 (Thursday) at 7 pm, are underway, all according to the established tradition of opening the Salon every year as an overture to the Mimosa Festival.

The selector of this year's Herceg Novi Winter Salon is Senka Subotić, a sociologist of culture and art from Budva. The Herceg Novi Salon, under the motto "Parallels," is conceived as a synthesis of various artistic expressions of authors who have been creating and working on the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the last few decades. The Winter Salon aims to present the current situation and to set a certain number of parallels between contemporary painting directions of that area. By presenting themselves at the Salon, with two works, artists point to the development of modern trends in the field of art. The influence of their predecessors is also noticeable, and therefore, they also cherish the tradition of the old artists from the area they come from.

The works of twenty artists from various academies from the territory of the former Yugoslavia will be presented at the Salon. Some of these academies are relatively young, and their representatives are hosted by the Herceg Novi Winter Salon for the first time.

The majority of the artists whose works will be exhibited at the Winter Salon come from Montenegro. Miodrag Šćepanović, Peko Nikčević, Zoran Petrušić and Sreten Nikčević have already presented at the Herceg Novi Winter Salon, while Elvir Lero Adrović, Ivana Babić, Isidora Dautović, Goran Ćetković, Jelena Đurašković, Miodrag Mišo Vemić, and Marija Vemić will present their work to the guests of the Herceg Novi Winter Salon for the first time.

Foreign exhibitors of the Salon include: Silva Radić, Ivan Pavlović and Josip Ivešić (Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Mostar), Milan Krajnović, Renato Rakić and Boris Eremić (Academy of Arts of the University of Banja Luka), Jelena Trajković, Kristina Pirković (Belgrade Academy of Arts) and Milija Belić (President of the board of Salon Realities Nouvelles in Paris).

17 Jan 2019, 01:00 AM

16 January 2019 - The National Tourism Organization of Montenegro and the European Travel Commission (ETC) have organized a four-day visit of the country for journalists from Brazil.

The arrangement above is the result of a prize competition organized annually by the European Commission for journalists of print media, television, and bloggers. The main award of the competition is a journey for the reporters to get acquainted with a particular destination.

During the first part of their visit to Montenegro, Brazilian journalists stayed in Budva, where, aside from the Old Town, they visited the Archaeological Museum. They were also guests of the local Tourist Organization Budva, which organised a welcoming dinner with folklore performance.

Also, guests from Brazil visited the Old Town and the Old Olive in Bar, one of the family wineries in Virpazar, and then Kotor, Tivat and Herceg Novi in cooperation with the local tourist organisations of these cities.

In the framework of getting acquainted with the offer of the northern region, the journalists stayed at Žabljak where they had the opportunity to enjoy lunch in a restaurant on the Black Lake and taste various drinks from the glasses made of ice. Also, in cooperation with the local tourist organisation, they visited Danilovgrad, the monastery "Ostrog" and the exhibition of the Art Colony of Danilovgrad.

With the inevitable visit to the Đurđevića Tara Bridge, their journey will continue with a visit to Serbia, by the practice of joint promotion of the region.

The representatives of the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro are delighted with this opportunity to introduce Montenegro to foreign journalists. This organisation aims to present the destination to foreign markets, contribute to the strengthening of the image of Montenegro as a tourist destination and better positioning, both in the Brazilian market and in the global travel industry in general.

16 Jan 2019, 12:43 PM

January 16, 2019 - Cultural tourism and other forms of tourism of particular interest are the first chance for Boka Bay for the development of sustainable tourism, which will not have a seasonal character. "You have to love yourself, your heritage, enjoy what you do, how you live, and share it with tourists," says Dr. Romana Lekic, a doctor of cultural anthropology and a longtime lecturer at the most prestigious communications management and tourism faculties in the region.

Dr. Romana Lekic works as the dean assistant at Edward Bernays High School of Communication Management in Zagreb and a lecturer on public relations courses in tourism and public relations in culture. For many years she worked as a development dean of the Department of Tourism at VERN’ University of Zagreb. She teaches as a visiting professor in Slovenia and Montenegro and holds lectures, and seminars on personal development, creativity, creative leadership and nonviolent communication, transformational leadership and group dynamics. For many years she has been a coach and a consultant for tourism and culture, a key expert in many European projects. One of the projects she participated in was the IPA cross-border project SUD SIT- Sustainable development of tourism of particular interest in the area of Boka Bay and Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
 
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Dr. Romana Lekic talks about new forms of tourism and the potential she has recognized by studying Boka Bay. She speaks of the first steps we need to take to take advantage of the natural and cultural heritage that the region abounds and offer it to a modern tourist that travels with the intent to truly and fundamentally experience the space and culture in which he is briefly participating.
 
"It is about the tourism of the new era, where we actually change a paradigm of classical, massive, still contemporary tourism and we no longer offer the guest a favor, selling him only a bed and some journey, but above all we sell, offer and enable him, to say so, to realize his dreams. We sell him dreams. We sell him his experience, and that experience changes him. He is not a massive guest; it's an individual guest who will travel twelve months a year, who will be part of the local community. He wants to experience the local community differently. And in that sense, it is sustainable tourism. You do not have to do anything new or change anything, to attract the tourists. You have to love yourself, your heritage, enjoy what you do, how you live and share it with tourists. It works very simply. However, the biggest problem is how to change the set of the mind so far, where the tourists experience us altogether different. We still link tourism to a bus, a group of 50 people, which is a stereotype. So we have to remove stereotypes. It is tourism of small numbers, but tourism where it will be very nice to earn. And what is most important to me as an anthropologist, there is no money in the center, but a man in the center. So let’s call it human access to tourism. Not only the one who uses the service as a tourist but also the one who provides the service, we all have to be satisfied. We take care of the local population; take care of the local destination, where people who provide the service are equally enjoyable and happy as tourists, which is a significant change. Often, in mass tourism, where a lot of people need to serve, cook a lot, do a lot of laundering, people are the slaves of their job. They are disgruntled, tired, torn, exhausted, and unkind. They are sad, existential blackmail that forces them to live a life they do not want. It is liberation, full freedom at a different level, where you have two people who will work with you for seven or ten days to do what you like most.  Wherever we can come into contact with tourist through the universal language, which is the language of the soul, we open completely new opportunities and earn from that. Imagine being able to convert into profit, enjoy something, be happy and satisfied, and some still pay for it," Professor Lekić explains the essential difference in approach when it comes to tourism of particular interest to classical tourism that still prevails in Montenegro's offer.
 
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What is essential at the very start of thinking about creating such a tourist offer is to grasp our own identity and the ability to present this identity to others.
 
"To be authentic, to be honest, so that we could at any moment attract such niggardly guests, we go to great heritage, come to what God has given us, in our nature, and on the other hand, we come to what we inherited from of his ancestors. Everything that has sometimes been neglected, in some attic, in a basement, everything that has a story that has an emotional basis with which we can connect, seems to experience things differently. Then we look at the space itself in a different way. When you communicate with tourists in such a way, you aim to not only give bed and food but introduce it into a completely different world. He becomes a part of your family; actually, we all become a big family together. It is what I'm referring to in professional and scientific literature, an anthropologist, Victor Turner, described. That story is called "communitas." The community is the special feeling of sharing friendship, companionship, love you are experiencing in the new environment, with new people, in a different way. And that experience changes you. It changes and the one who gives. It's a sharing, and there's a kind of spell. Simply-we open to each other; we do the things we love. Sustainable tourism is not just recycling garbage and care not to disturb the eco-balance, but sustainable tourism is doing what we love, respecting ourselves, respecting the other. I cannot be good for others if I torture myself. There are major problems in the local community. People think they have to work hard to be happy. And they have to do something that others do. They kill their creativity. When we can do what we love and put our talents into the function of tourism development, there is the so-called “multiplicative factor.” Many stories develop as tourism of special interest. From Star Wars lovers, who travel dressed in costumes, get together, and enjoy their fantasy, but fly, travel by boat, use hotels, etc. We can like it or not, but they are a market niche. Or, New Age tourism, a brand new niche market where people are working on developing themselves. They want healthy food, healthy nature, but they want to meditate, practice yoga, or Thai chi, they want healthy, healing plants from the space they visit. They are all special market niches, and, importantly, they all come outside the main tourist season. They will come to you when you have no one," emphasizes Dr. Lekic.
 
It is interesting that after years of experience in tourism, as a receptive tourist agency owner, she went to academic circles and her practical knowledge began to be passed on to students through several courses related to animation tourists, the organization of events, cultural tourism.
 
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By a multidisciplinary scientific-paced approach and the "storytelling" method, Professor Lekic, exploring the cross-border region, analyzed in which spheres this area has potential when the development of tourism of particular interest is concerned. Stressing the many natural and cultural components that we should adopt for sustainable tourism development as key to the entire space, she has recognized four spheres in which we can immediately start:
 
"I saw the whole region as a living organism and watched what makes this region unique. What are the comparative advantages that no one has, and you have, as a region? Everyone expected to be in the first place nautical tourism. But no, that's primarily cultural tourism through the intangible heritage, where I then analyzed each segment separately, through gastro-tourism, through rural tourism, through maritime heritage. The story of Bokelian captains, sailors, the Boka Navy, nautical inventions, celestial navigation. So, cultural tourism with its immaterial heritage, rural tourism, biking and hiking, observation of plants, birds and other animals. Of course, nautical tourism is present but more concerning contact with the sea and the heritage. Through sailing, archaeological diving, contact with the old rowing way, old crafts related to the sea, fishing, especially the traditional female night fishing, characteristic only for Boka Bay, with sea flora and fauna, beautiful submersible ships. In that context, I put the sea, because I consider it a too big sin to parcel the sea and issue it exclusively and only through the marina facilities. We sell it as a parking lot. It is an entirely different story, where our sea is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. We then look at the depth, in width. As they say, we put our finger in the sea, and we connect with all those Bokelian captains and seamen who sailed the whole world."
 
"If you want to have her father's legacy, you have to win it again," quotes Johan Wolfgang Goethe. What are the first steps when the development of tourism of particular interest is concerned? The initiative must start from the inside, from the local community. Professor Lekic answers the question of responsibility for taking the initiative? How to inform and interest people to think about tourism in this way? She agreed it is a challenging task:
 
"It is, above all, about animating and motivating ourselves. So, if I could enjoy life and that others could enjoy with me, I must first start myself. And it can only be started in a way to activate my talents and do what I like. Because what you like to do, what you enjoy, why you came to this world, you need to do it. It needs to hit the wire, and it needs to create chemistry. For tourists to fall in love with our country, to love it, we must love what we have. If we do not know and do not like what we are, it is unlikely that tourists will enjoy it.“
 
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To whom is the responsibility to take over first activities? Are receptive tourist agencies, whether they are local governments, tourist organizations? Professor Lekic is categorical:
 
"It must be a synchronized action of all actors. We all are in charge of it. When we have a critical mass that is sufficient, small changes can lead to great shifts. The story moves nonlinearly. You have no rules; the rule is that there are no rules. We live in a dynamic system where you start things at one end, and the effects of your action are quite different. We work hard on account of emotions; we connect people to interests, in a way that we naturally use knowledge, planning, design. By me, the first step from where to go is to list everything we have to make so-called “attraction base.” Then we will see what we have, what we need to protect, where we need to do more. So we need to make the inventory, and in parallel to this, to do casting where we get people who are interested in being guides, animators, to open their agencies. At the same time, it is necessary to assist, educate and guide them. Then, it is all too synergistic to bind."
 
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Inventory of the natural and cultural treasures of Boka Bay will be a tremendous job. According to Dr. Lekić, who is familiar to various parts of the world, Boka Bay is the pearl of the pearls. This fact opens the question of responsibility.
 
"It's a great responsibility. Your natural heritage and climate is something that makes you specific. If you destroy a natural heritage, cover it with concrete, go to mass, quick earnings, you will not succeed in doing this what we are discussing. Creating a touristic base should be approached very studiously, deliberately, using services of experts, and ethnologists, and anthropologists, and tourism experts. Include conservators, archaeologists, and historians. So this is an interdisciplinary work. Architects, landscape architects, all need to work together, synergistically."
 
16 Jan 2019, 00:00 AM

15 January 2019 - Relations between Montenegro and Croatia are extremely close and friendly, which is an excellent basis for further deepening of cooperation, especially between local communities, concluded at the meeting held by the Mayor of Podgorica, Ivan Vuković, and Croatian Ambassador Veselko Grubišić.

The Mayor of Podgorica pointed out that Montenegro highly appreciates the fact that Croatia always had strong support on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Croatia is one of the most important foreign trade partners of Montenegro. "We are pleased that we already have a solid number of Croatian companies here, as well many investments in the field of tourism," Vuković emphasized.

He stressed that Podgorica has experience in cooperation with a number of local communities in Croatia through IPA projects that are thematically diverse - from energy efficiency to wine tourism.

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Recalling that the delegation from Zagreb was the first to visit Podgorica after the declaration of Montenegro's independence in 2006, the Mayor announced that the delegation from Podgorica would visit the capital of Croatia in a few weeks. He estimated that Podgorica could make much use of Zagreb's development experience, bearing in mind the enormous transformation that the city has experienced. Ambassador Grubišić agreed with this assessment, stressing that he had already spoken to Zagreb's leading people and that they were ready to share their experiences, especially in the field of tourism.

Mayor Vuković initiated the possibility of re-introducing the direct airline Podgorica-Zagreb, stressing that this would be a significant contribution to the further strengthening of the cooperation between the two countries and the two cities. The Croatian Ambassador said he was keen to discuss the issue with Croatia Airlines, assessing that it would be good to introduce a bound flight with some of the cities in the region like Mostar, Tirana or Skopje.

15 Jan 2019, 23:09 PM

15 January 2019 - Members of Montenegrin Sports Hiking Club “Falcon” have successfully climbed Mountain Kilimanjaro on January 14, 2019.

On their Official Facebook Page “Planinarski Klub Soko Cetinje”, the representatives of the Hiking Club announced that they have successfully implemented their “Kilimanjaro 2019” expedition, sharing numerous photographs from Africa’s highest point.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. Kilimanjaro is the most popular of the "seven summits" (the highest mountain on each of the continents) primarily because it's the most attainable. About 35,000 people a year attempt to reach the 5,895-metre summit.

The excitement of the Falcons is evident – they accomplished their goal and conquered the iconic mountain. “Africa under the feet of our Falcons!”, the Club representatives wrote and wished the members of the expedition a safe return.

Montenegrin Falcons Climbed Kilimanjaro

The three-member expedition, Dušan Kaluđerović, Dijana Borozan and Bojan Ćuković, can boast that they have completed the mission. Montenegrin News Agency TVCG interviewed them just before their departure, and even then they couldn’t hide the eagerness to get the adventure started. “A picture of a high mountain covered with snow, under which a vast, green plain spreads, full of life. The fantasy of one day walking down the slopes of this mountain brought me into the world of hiking. It was Kilimanjaro,” explained Dušan Kaluđerović.

Falcon’s Intensive communication with operators from Tanzania and demanding psychophysical preparations needed to reach the top of Africa lasted for months. Thanks to that, their first expedition outside the European continent will last 16 days in total, of which seven days will be reserved for ascent and descent from the mountain, while the rest of the time will be used to visit Tanzania.

“Kilimanjaro is definitely that one mountain that has always been on our list of peaks we want to conquer," Kaluđerović added just before their departure.

Some figures suggest that only 45 per cent of people who set out for the summit actually make it, which is why the team members are overjoyed that they managed to rise to the challenge on their first attempt.

15 Jan 2019, 14:04 PM

January 15, 2019 - For the second year in a row, Kotor is among 20 cultural tourism centers the European Best Destination website is proposing as the best for 2019. The competition officially began today and lasts until 5 February. On this occasion, we have spoken to the director of the Tourism Organization of Kotor, Ana Nives Radovic.

"The nomination of Kotor for the best tourist destination in Europe is remarkable since it is a website that is one of the most visited in the world and the most visited sites in Europe when we talk about websites specializing in culture and tourism. For six years it has been the best site in Europe for tourism and promotion. The visibility itself, just mentioning Kotor on it is significant, and any further placement in the coming days of voting will further increase the significance of attendance on this list," says TMN Ana Nives Radovic.
 
Kotor found itself in the company of famous and well-known European centers such as London, Paris, and Berlin. From our region, along with Kotor, on the list of 20 European destinations is Cavtat in the neighboring Croatia. However, Kotor competed for the best cultural tourism center in Europe and 2018.
 
"Kotor is the only city in our region that is on this list for the second year consecutively. Cities on this list change very often; very rarely is there one city in succession. However, Kotor has retained this position, so it is obvious that we are a prestigious cultural tourism center," the director of TO Kotor said proudly.
 
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 The fact that Kotor has come to the side with large European centers, when we talk about the offer of tourism, emphasizes the fact that in Kotor there is an invaluable cultural treasure that has excellent potential for the development of cultural tourism products. 
 
"It is a goal and purpose, not just the European Best Destination organization, on whose site is the whole promotion, but also the network created by the European Commission, which deals with the public's knowledge of the potential of cultural tourism. Tourism is generally beginning to perceive otherwise. There is a growing interest in cultural tourism, and there is growing interest in destinations where the offer is as intense as possible, as available as possible and as varied as possible. So it is not surprising that Kotor is a part of it, although it cannot compare with the other proposed destinations for many other aspects. The possibilities offered by this placement as well as our presence in tourist facilities around the world justify the fact that Kotor is on such lists. The percentage of the cultural treasure that exists in Kotor and the fact that it is a UNESCO site abolishes every reason why the size of the city is a factor in its nomination," explains Ana Nives Radovic. 
 
"Not only this nomination but also the numerous opportunities that opened in Kotor for the previous years, are conditioned by its uniqueness regarding the experience that tourists have in the destination they are visiting in one day. Kotor as a destination has the fate of tourists visiting the city during one day. It is precisely the visitors who in these competitions are making the final decision whether we justify the status of a destination for which there is so much to see and experience for a short time. From their court will depend on the final placement of Kotor."
 
The growing market for cultural tourism and the presence of Kotor on various lists of the best destinations in Europe and the world are valuable reasons to take into account the ICOMOS data that every euro invested in cultural heritage when combining this heritage with tourism brings the destination of seven Euros per year. That is the reason that both local and national institutions devote themselves to the preservation and revitalization of cultural heritage in the area of Kotor and Boka Bay.
 
"This nomination is an additional reason to re-emphasize that as the Kotor Tourism Organization, with the support of other institutions in Kotor, I hope this year will enable ten percent of the revenue of collecting bill fees to be set aside for restoration, conservation, and protection of cultural goods. Practice shows that the world is so, and UNESCO status and all such recognition and nomination oblige us, not only for securing tourism income but above all because of the concern of the city itself that the funds we make through tourism, invest in what allows us such nominations and such visibility," concluded Radovic.
 
Th European Best Destination for 2019 is chosen by the audience, who can vote for one of the 20 proposed destinations from today, 15 January, until 5 February. The winner will receive the European Best Destination Award 2019. The other cities will achieve promotion during the whole year 2019 to millions of travelers, media and tourism professionals as being among the trendiest destinations to visit in 2019.
 
European Best Destinations is a European organization based in Brussels and is developed to promote culture and tourism in Europe. Thanks to excellent communication with an audience of e-citizens, European Best Destinations plays an essential role in presenting Europe as the number one destination in the world. It has become a meeting place for tourism offices and world travelers and the main gateway to the discovery of Europe since 2009.
 
 
13 Jan 2019, 22:32 PM

January 13, 2018 - The core of the Mimosa Festival in Herceg Novi is the Feast of Mimosa, Fish, and Wine on the Riviera, from Kumbor to Bijela. Traditionally on the first Saturday of the Mimosa festival, this event brings together a large number of Herceg Novi citizens, as well as guests. The most visited is the Baosici Local Community, where the central Feast's event is traditionally held.

According to the president of the local community Baošići, Djuro Cvjetkovic, preparations for the Feast run with planned dynamics. With the weather, the Riviera could see over 20,000 visitors in Baošići. 
 
This year's organization brings much news, as the goal is to fulfill the entire walkway through Baošići. Instead of 10, there will be 12 pitches where the hosts will prepare fried sardines and cuttlefish, and there are also three locations with music:
 
"The music program will take place in front of the House of Culture; some music will be at Fishermen's Cooperative because it is the place where this Feast began 50 years ago. The location for the third music point will be located in the second part of Baošići, towards Bijela, somewhere near Hotel Max. We have not yet determined the exact location," explains Cvjetkovic.
 
On the day after the Feast, the "Fragrances and Taste of February," a bazaar of healthy food, will be held in Baošići, because the wish of this local community is to continue the activities of the Mimosa Festival on the Riviera.
 
On the second day of the Feast, guests will also have a chance to taste fish, wine, brandy, pickles, and follow a cultural-artistic program and a competition in preparing black risotto.
 
"Our goal is to welcome guests who come to Baosici and along the entire Riviera and give them the reason to revisit our place," says Cvjetkovic.
 
He praised the cooperation with all businessmen from Baošići during the summer season, which is why he expects that during the Mimosa Festival this cooperation will be good. Among the significant accommodation providers, the Hotel Max and the Damjanović villa are open every year during the Mimosa Festival.
 
Source: Radio Jadran
 
13 Jan 2019, 18:22 PM

13 January 2019 - TUI UK, a UK-based travel operator, recommends Montenegro as the perfect destination to have the most amazing holiday. This organisation offers useful advice on where to go, what to see, how to prepare for a trip and more!

Beautiful beaches, lively resorts, and spectacular scenery – you’ll find them all on holiday to Montenegro, Europe’s under-the-radar spot.

Balkan beauty

With great beaches, forest-cloaked mountains and mirror-like lakes, Montenegro is certainly easy on the eye. But natural beauty isn’t all the country has got going for it. You’ll also find friendly locals, centuries-old sights and resorts that are completely geared up for holidaymakers.

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Budva Riviera

The town of Budva is the main resort on the country’s Budva Riviera. It’s a lively place with a handful of first-class beaches to pick from. The old town is characterised by Venetian houses, bell towers and shady piazzas, while the newer part of the city houses swish boutiques and pavement cafés.

Bečići

A few kilometres down the road is Bečići, a modern town with a spectacular sandy beach and a backdrop of pine-cloaked hills. At the far end of the promenade, you’ll find quirky shops and al fresco cafés in the old fishing village.

Petrovac

Further south is Petrovac. It’s sleepier than its neighbours, so it’s a great choice if you want to turn the tempo down a few notches. The beach is a big attraction here – it’s a sandy number set in a horseshoe-shaped bay.

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Best time to go to Montenegro

The coastal areas of Montenegro enjoy hot summers and mild winters. November to March are the coldest months. At this time of year, average daily temperatures range from 10˚C to 15˚C. Things begin to warm up in April, and the heat reaches its peak in July and August when the mercury regularly climbs up into the high twenties. Trips into the mountains offer respite from the heat. The temperature here can be as much as much as 7 degrees cooler than the coast. Montenegro is pretty wet in the winter, but summers only experience 4 to 7 showers every month, and they don’t last long.

Passports & Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Montenegro but must have a valid passport.

Health & Safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.

Source: TUI UK Website

13 Jan 2019, 00:34 AM

12 January 2019 - In the exhibition hall of the Cultural and Information Centre "Budo Tomović," on Friday, January 11, at 7 pm, an unusual exhibition of photographs of graffiti in Podgorica named "The Street Writes with its Heart" will be opened. The author of the exhibition is Marko Vujović, and CIC director Snežana Burzan will open the exhibition.

When you think about an art exhibition, a person usually does not think of an area full of graffiti. Still, the Cultural and Information Centre wants to embrace contemporary trends and offer different experiences to suit everyone's tastes. That's how the idea of the graffiti exhibition arose.

This is the first exhibition of photographs of graffiti in Podgorica and Montenegro, and the author, with the help of the editor of the CIC art program Damiro Hodžić, has had a difficult task in making a choice from a rich collection of photographs of graffiti from the buildings and streets of Podgorica from 2015 to 2018.

"Graffiti represents one of the methods by which a particular group of young people communicates with the environment. The themes of the graffiti are divided into several segments (love, music, local speech, quits, socio-economic condition). Any hate speech is omitted, to emphasize the creativity through humorous and meaningful messages and questions that occupy young people’s minds”, said the representatives of the CIC "Budo Tomović".

The author wanted to demonstrate the world of graffiti and street art and celebrate this dynamic modern art movement. Diverse styles of street art will be presented at this exhibition so that visitors can expect variations in handwriting styles and lettering concepts found throughout the streets of the city today.

This exhibition can be viewed until January 21. So, will you make the trip down to Podgorica and visit one of the most unusual exhibitions in Montenegro?

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