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.
06 December 2018 - The National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro is dedicated to the promotion of Montenegro's winter tourism offer. In this respect, this year the organisation is also focused on development within the country and countries of the region, which are Montenegro’s target markets when this segment of the offer is in question. In anticipation of the winter season, NTO of Montenegro will present the offer for the New Year's holidays and the winter season in Belgrade to the most important media from the Serbian market. This presentation will be held on December 7th, and the Montenegrin representatives will organise an all-day promotional event for visitors of the shopping centre “Big Fashion Shopping Centre” on Saturday, December 8th, which will include rich entertainment program, gifts, and animation for the youngest. NTO will invite guests from Serbia to enter the New Year 2019 enjoying the events, dinners, and parties with the music of the most popular singers and groups of the region, both in town squares and hotels and discotheques on the coast and north of Montenegro.
After multiple presentations in Belgrade, similar promotional events will be organised in Albania, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. As in the previous years, the presentations will be organized in Sarajevo, Tirana, Dubrovnik, and Trebinje in cooperation with local tourism organisations and local businesspeople. Montenegrin offer will be also presented through PR activities, online promotion through the official portal, social networks, through "outdoor" campaigns - placing billboards at the most beautiful locations of major cities in the country and the region.
Representatives of NTO expect that Montenegro will, based on a program that is already prepared, justify the epithet of a destination that is most recognizable in the region after the New Year's Eve. You can read about the New Year’s Events on the Montenegrin coast here. The rich offer for the holidays is prepared for the northern cities of the country as well. NTO is expecting great interest in the offer and prices of ski centres that are increasingly visited by tourists during the winter season, as well as for the costs of New Year's arrangements in hotels on the coast. Montenegro is entering the winter season with optimistic expectations based on the readiness of mountain tourist centres, new exclusive, luxurious hotels, rich festive programs along the Montenegrin coast and already significant confirmed booking.
04 December 2018 - Montenegro can genuinely be proud of its beautiful 293 km long coast with 73 km of sand, pebble, and rocky beaches spread over 117 locations. Each summer season, beaches attract numerous tourists from all over the world to Montenegro. Having clean and beautifully arranged beaches have been recognized as a necessity by the Montenegrin Government, so The Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone of Montenegro decided to make an effort to improve beach appearance and positively affect the tourist offer of the country during the summer.
As announced from the Coastal Zone Management Company, as of next summer season, Montenegrin beaches will have a new, unique look when it comes to beach equipment that will be more appealing to tourists from the country and guests from abroad. Achieving a beautiful looking coast should contribute to an increase in satisfaction with tourists who travel to Montenegro for the summer holidays.
The Local News Station RTV Budva recently interviewed Blažo Rađenović, the director of the Limited Liability Company "Mediteran reklame" (English: "Mediterranean Advertising") on the subject, and he explained that the new decision that will soon be made and the three-year plan proposal would introduce new regulations when it comes to beach advertising. He justified the recent agenda with the unsightly multicolor picture of Montenegrin beaches, where umbrellas, sunbeds, and cabins are used for commercial purposes, and they do not reflect the beauty of the country’s coastal area.
According to Rađenović, The Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone of Montenegro will create new coastal area regulations in the following period, so that all beaches have their unique appearance that is focused on attracting tourists, and not creating commercial effects for private companies.
In the past period, before the issue of coastal zone appearance was brought to the surface by the authorities, LLC “Mediteran reklame“ was in charge for controlling the advertising aspect on the Montenegrin beaches, and have charged a fee for advertising in beach zones.
"We tried to act preventively with our taxes and limit the advertising options. In Montenegro, that was the only way to influence and change something for the better. If our company did not exist, everyone would have the right to place hundreds of ads, and that would worsen the image of the country’s coastal area, "Rađenović concluded. He is pleased that the public company has recognized the importance of this issue and that taxing will no longer be the method for creating a more beautiful image for the beaches.
04 December 2018 - Even though winter is just around the corner, the weather in Montenegro manages to impress even the locals. Chilly days filled with sunshine are lining up, almost ideal for a day trip to one of the coastal cities of Montenegro! Half-Day Private Tour of Perast & Kotor is a perfect way to spend your day, taking advantage of the favourable weather conditions before the winter catches up.
Enjoy a 4-hour tour of the most beautiful bay in the Adriatic. Visit the Baroque town of Perast with the islet Our Lady of the Rocks. Take a walking tour in the medieval town of Kotor. This tour will provide you with a chance to see the best part of Bay of Kotor, one of the gems of the Mediterranean. You will visit the Baroque town of Perast, a small place with a rich history.
There, you will have a short boat ride to the island Our Lady of the Rocks to visit the church with a museum. According to legend, the island was created over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding an icon of the Madonna and Child on July 22, 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the bay and, over time, the island gradually emerged from the water. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive today. After the tour there, you will head back to Perast to have a short walk and some free time.
Head back to Kotor, a UNESCO site and a well-preserved medieval fortified city. Take a walking tour of the old town there and see the 12th century St. Tryphon Cathedral, its narrow streets, and palaces unfold before your eyes. In Kotor, you will definitely want to investigate the tremendously rich history of the town on tour with a professional guide.
The tour includes private transportation with a comfortable car/ van, licensed English-speaking professional guide, taxi boat tickets, museum entrance fees and Old town Kotor entrance fees and maps. The ticket does not cover your meals and drinks.
Discover the pearls of Bay of Kotor including Perast and Kotor Old Town on a sightseeing tour of Montenegro, ideal for those with limited time, especially cruise ship passengers. Learn the legend of the Our Lady of the Rocks island and more!
You can find more information about the tour here.
03 December 2018 - In cooperation with private accommodation providers and some of the caterers in Herceg Novi, local Tourist Organisations have created “Accommodation and Meal Special Offers” for 3, 5 or 7 days, during the New Year, the Mimosa Festival and the preseason period.
So far, arrangements have been made with the accommodation providers in Topla, Igalo, Đenovići, and Baošići.
“We categorized the accommodations; formed more favourable prices for the pre-season, and now we are working on forming unique offers that we will send to the agencies. It is innovation. Restaurant owners have offered a half-board service while staying in an accommodation arrangement. Practically, a guest who comes to some of the offered apartments and rooms will have a half-board meal in one of five or ten restaurants. They will not be "tied" to only one restaurant during their stay, but they can change their meal place every day,” explains the Director of TO Herceg Novi, Pavle Obradović.
He also stresses that they created cheaper transportation arrangements to the nearest regional destinations, such as Dubrovnik, with local agencies, because they were told that they wanted to offer lower prices to both locals and guests. A consolidated offer will be sent first to agencies from cities that are “connected” to Montenegro via low-cost flights (London, Rome, etc.).
The price for “New Year's Package” of 3 overnight stays is 45 EUR per person, for five overnights the rate is 70 EUR, and seven overnights require 90 EUR per person.
These price arrangements will also apply to the Mimosa Festival.
All categories of private accommodation (rooms and apartments) can be rented out during the pre-season and post-season period, ie from 1 to 30 April, from May 1 to June 14, from June 15 to June 30, from 1 to 14 September, from September 15 to September 30, and from October 1 to November 1, 2019.
02 December 2018 - Tivat is one of the youngest cities in the Bay of Kotor, as well as on the Montenegrin coast. The city is situated in the central part of the Bay of Boka at the foot of Vrmac (710m) the spur of Mount Lovcen which extends to the north-west side of the town. At the opposite side is the Bay of Tivat which is the largest of four bays forming the Bay of Kotor. The Bay of Tivat with its exceptional beauty attracts every visitor.
There are 17 hotels in different parts of Tivat, but all of them are very close to the sea. There are small hotels with only twenty beds and large ones with about 300 beds. A lot of tourists chose private accommodation which is cheaper, and in many cases, there is no difference in quality comparing it with the hotel accommodation. Both private accommodation and hotels consist of apartments and nicely renovated rooms with their bathroom. Whatever you choose, you are in the right place, because visiting this city for your holiday will be the right decision.
Tourist organization of Tivat has recently published New Year’s Program within the city. As Total Montenegro News journalist explained, Željko Joksimović will entertain citizens of Tivat and their guests on New Year's Eve, and Lepa Brena and Bojan Delić will perform on 1 January, while Ana Kokić and the Tivat band "Toć" will perform on 2 January. The New Year’s program on the city promenade Pine will begin on 15 December when Tivat's caterers will set up recognizable gastro cottages, and the music program will start on 26 December. During the eight holiday days, there will be the concerts of Amadeus band, Ana Rucner, Leontina and guests, Boris Novkovic, La band Tambura night, The gents, Disko inferno, Tribute band ABBA. The rich fun-minded program will continue until January 10, 2019, with a variety of events and resident DJs.
If you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve somewhere along the Montenegrin coast, Tourist organization of Tivat has many propositions for your accommodation options.
If your choice is hotel accommodation, you can pick one of many hotels that are operational all year round, like Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro, Hotel La Roche, Hotel La Perla, Hotel Helada, Hotel Montenegrino, Hotel Astoria, Hotel Carrubba, Hotel Pine Hotel Magnolia, Hotel Palma, Hotel Franca, Hotel Villa Royal, Hotel San, Hotel Anderba or Hostel Anton. TO Tivat has presented all the amenities as well as the contact information of hotels, which you can find on the pictures.
Read more information about accommodation in Tivat here.
02 December 2018 - For many years now, the development of winter tourism in Montenegro has been one of the country’s most important goals. The Government of Montenegro has invested about 50 million EUR in Kolašin, the city that will be the backbone of the development of winter tourism in the northern region of Montenegro.
In mid-October, representatives of Montenegrin Government have announced that the central part of the construction process at the “Kolašin 1600 Ski Resort” was completed, including almost one kilometre of roads to the ski resort.
At the end of autumn 2017, the construction of the Doppelmayr's six-seater cable car and the construction of the corresponding ski slopes, under the official name "K-8 Troglava" (named after the 2072 meters above sea level peak), has begun. Most of the works have been completed, all pillars with corrugated batteries on them, as well as the starting and exiting station of the cableway, are installed. The barges are six-seaters with six centimetres thick pillows. The cable car will have a sound system, security cameras along the route, and the Internet will be available to the skiers while driving.
The contractor for the cableway at the Kolašin 1600 site is the Austrian company – Doppelmayr, world's leading manufacturer of ropeways, cable cars, and ski lifts. With the completion of works at the 1600 location, Montenegro will get a new ski resort owned by the state. By building the access road, infrastructure and cableway, the state wants to create conditions for attracting investors who will construct more accommodation capacities and further develop the ski centre.
Prime Minister of Montenegro, Duško Marković, said during the Premiere Hour of the Assembly this week that the Kolašin 1600 ski centre is expected to be operational in the coming days.
On its Twitter account, the Government of Montenegro has released the latest snow-covered photographs of the ski resort.
02 December 2018 - Although the summer season in Herceg Novi ended long ago, the first December weekend near the festive New Year’s season has attracted 1576 guests to the city, which is an increase of 26% compared to last year according to the local Tourist organization data. Most tourists come to Herceg Novi from abroad (1230 guests).
Most tourists chose private accommodation – 975 guests, and 601 guests have picked hotels. Many hotels are closed during winter, and among those which are operational is the luxury Lazure Hotel & Marina in Meljine. This five-star complex is not only popular for people who look for accommodation, but for locals and visitors from other cities of Montenegro as well.
Lazure Marina & Hotel reside on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro at the entrance to the picturesque Kotor bay, next to the beautiful medieval city of Herceg Novi. Supplemented by a boutique hotel housed in a renovated 18th-century building, spacious residences, Mediterranean restaurants, and a wellness centre, the Lazure Marina & Hotel is a supreme destination for travellers and sailors.
And while many guests are enjoying one of the Lazure restaurants and terraces and taking advantage of the favourable weather conditions, the Spa centre is being built within the complex. The planned construction of the new hotel segment is at its beginning stages. The new segment is included in the V, VI and VII phase of the project. The principal investor of the hotel expansion is Limited Liability Company Imperio Holdings. The Spa centre will cover 1710 square metres; it will have an underground segment, ground floor, and first floor. The resort will cover the area of 17,000 square meters, with an underground section for garages, ground floor, and four floors. The whole complex covers over 10 thousand square meters.
The completion of works is planned for next year. The technical documentation was prepared by the company "Omorika Montenegro", which is the contractor. This company has been engaged in the construction of the hotel and has done an excellent job.