10 Jun 2020, 12:09 PM
June 10, 2020 - The President of the Green Destinations organization, Albert Salman, sent congratulations and expressions of support to the President of the Municipality of Tivat, Dr. Siniša Kusovac, on what was done during the epidemiological crisis, but also on the initiative of Tivat to join this program.
At the end of May, the Tourist Organization of Tivat initiated procedures to join the Green Destinations network. It announced that in June, they would start the process of the primary analysis, coordination, and definition of existing and new activities, with a chance to obtain a certificate from the Green Destinations program.
Albert Salman: Congratulations to Tivat on his candidacy for Green Destinations
"First of all, we cordially congratulate you on the successful policy and action and the set of measures taken by Montenegro and the Municipality of Tivat in the situation with COVID-19, which from June 1, 2020, allows the recovery of the process of promoting Montenegro as a thriving destination. 
Together with the above success, we would like to commend your timely decision to unite sustainable development and tourism policies with the systematic support of Green Destinations and the Global Criteria for Sustainable Tourism, "Salman said in a letter to President Kusovac.
Salman added that Tivat is a pilot destination in Montenegro with excellent preconditions to achieve success on an ambitious path to a green and genuinely sustainable tourism future.
"Tivat is now one of over 200 destinations in 50+ countries, dedicated to sustainability. Our common goal is to "build better", with adequate opportunities to improve your sustainability, quality, competitiveness, visibility, and marketing, while gaining independent recognition for our efforts - in a systematic, neutral and transparent way.
We are pleased to be able to consider Tivat as a possible host of Global Green Destinations in 2022 or 2023. We wish you and your team of the municipality, the organization of destinations for Tivat and your citizens all the happiness and joy in future achievements ", concluding the letter of Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations.
The Council for Global Sustainable Tourism (GSTC) shared in the global bulletin the news about the initiative of the Tourist Organization of Tivat and the Municipality of Tivat to obtain the Green Destinations certificate.
Green Destinations is a non-profit foundation for sustainable tourism development and recognition. It offers support in the process of sustainable development, all through the active involvement of the local community and the business sector.
The foundation supports more than 200 destinations in over 50 countries around the world when it comes to responsible tourism globally recognized principles. The program also strives for sustainable development goals. Green Destinations or Quality Coast certification, more than any other, offers recognizability and visibility of the destination in the market. It provides tourists with information on clean, green, and responsible destinations.
The strategy for the development of tourism in the municipality of Tivat until 2024 aims to position this city as a tourist destination with an offer throughout the year, preserving unique features, promoting existing and new experiences, and providing additional value for the entire tourist industry chain.
09 Jun 2020, 15:34 PM

June 9, 2020 - The opening of borders has only just begun and it is very difficult currently, at the outset, to predict how things will pan out. We will focus on individual tourist demand and only in a later phase will we be able to think about organized tourist traffic this year, believes Dr. Ivo Zupanovic, a professor at the Budva Faculty of Business and Tourism in the field of crisis and risk management.

He pointed out that prices will be adjusted for certain market segments, especially those with larger accommodation capacity.

"I can see that those working in the tourism sector are doing their utmost to prepare. At the state level, there are detailed protocols for hotels and similar accommodation facilities." Zupanović stated.

When the epidemiological situation "settles down" in the countries of the region, which are our traditional markets, the number of tourists will increase, he believes.

“At the moment, the most important thing is digital marketing. We began with some national campaigns, which, among other things, are aimed at the local, domestic guest, who, in my opinion, will be all the more important as time goes on, and not only for this year, " believes Zupanović.

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Boka Kotorska - photo Boka News

He mentions that local tourist organizations, in line with the inbound markets’ structure, have started some promotional work.

"One innovation I would like to highlight is an idea from the Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi, which offered award-winning accommodation in June, and this can be the trigger for further interest from tourist consumers. Company MMGY’s research shows that tourists make a decision 45 to 90 days after the peak of the pandemic in that country, which means that in this period we should advocate promotion through digital marketing as much as possible," explains Zupanovic.

He believes that travel agencies, as entities dealing with organized tourist traffic, will face serious problems.

"In such controlled conditions, we cannot count on classic methods of organizing tourist traffic, or on their classic services, such as the sale of airline tickets. This will reflect on their liquidity and especially on the profitability of the business. The question is whether smaller agencies, which do not have working capital for a longer period, will survive,” believes Zupanovic.

Speaking to Pobjeda, he stated that the Law on Amendments to the Legislation on Tourism and Catering will play a very important role, whereby trips arranged after 1st March can be used until the end of the coming year, as an incentive for both the service provider and the consumer.

 Source: Boka News


08 Jun 2020, 12:30 PM

June 8, 2020 - After a break of almost three months, commercial flights will start tomorrow at the Airports of Montenegro. A WizzAir plane from Budapest is expected, as well as a flight from Memmingham during the day, stated the spokesperson of the Airports of Montenegro, Marina Miketić Nikolić, for the morning program of Radio Tivat.

"According to our information, the government is very interested in the flight from Germany, so we are very much looking forward to welcoming the first passengers. We are also looking forward to having our national airline Montenegro Airlines have its first flights on June 12 to Ljubljana, the 14th to Frankfurt, then the 15th to Vienna, the 16th to Paris, the 17th to Zurich, the 20th to Dusseldorf and Copenhagen, and June 21st for Munich and Hanover. We also believe that the interest in flights of other airlines will be realized. We hope that tourists from various parts of Europe will come to Montenegro and that our tourist season and our airports will be as full of life again as they were last year. "

The flights announced are to and from Podgorica, and the spokesperson of the Airports of Montenegro, Marina Miketić Nikolić, recommends that those interested obtain specific information from the airlines' websites. She stresses that this is safer since slots are subject to changes depending on the epidemiological situation. Miketić Nikolić recommends passengers a new service of the Airports of Montenegro - online check-in:

"I warmly recommend it to all passengers leaving Montenegro. It's effortless. They have instructions on the site so that they can avoid any physical contact with the airport's ground staff. The possibility of any infection is reduced, although Montenegro is a Corona-free country. We are aware that the possibility of infection will increase with the arrival of people from outside. Prevention must be at the highest level. This innovation enables both passengers and staff to check in as quickly and efficiently as possible."

The airports are ready, and the company is pleased to expect the first planes and the first passengers, who are recommended to wear masks because it is prohibited to enter the terminal and the plane without them. Disinfection counters for arriving and departing passengers, as well as protective glass, have been installed at airports. The spokeswoman for the Public Company Airports of Montenegro expressed the hope that Tivat airport will welcome its first passengers very soon. Because, as she says, Tivat Airport is very busy, especially in summer when the interest in our destination is higher.

Text by Biljana Noković, Radio Tivat

04 Jun 2020, 16:25 PM
June 4, 2020 - The Sector for Hydrography and Oceanography (SHO) of the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro (ZHMS) has prepared a new nautical chart of the Bay of Kotor, which was made available to boaters on the market several days ago.
It is a nautical chart with a scale of 1: 25,000, which, in addition to the cartographic presentation of the entire waters of the Boka Bay, also contains two smaller, so-called map-plans of the two newest marinas in Boka - Lazure marina in Meljine, and Portonovi in Kumbor.
"The new nautical chart "Boka 25" contains all changes and additions as of March 1 this year. Besides the latest data on the change of the coastline and waters, in the intervening period new marinas have been built in Meljine and Kumbor. Data from hydrographic surveys performed during recent years have therefore been entered and updated. The map has been updated with all submarine installations - pipelines, outlets, electrical and communication cables laid at the bottom of the bay, based on control surveys with the participation of teams from the Naval Detachment of Montenegro and the Sector for Hydrography and Oceanography," Director of ZHMS Luka Mitrović stated in an interview with Daily "Vijesti". He pointed out that SHO and ZHMS have meanwhile signed an exclusive memorandum on business and technical cooperation with the Hydrographic Institute of the Italian Navy (IIM) from Genoa, as well as having excellent collaboration with the Croatian Hydrographic Institute from Split.
According to Deputy Director Radovan Kandic, the new nautical chart "Boka 25" enables its users to transfer all positions obtained with the help of satellite navigation systems such as GPS directly to the map, which had previously not been possible.
"Since the Bay of Kotor is the busiest part of the Montenegrin waters for maritime traffic, we have made a new and up-to-date map that is ready for the start of the yachting season. One edition has already been printed and will be available in the UNA Montenegro naval stores along the coast. We have the option of producing a map at the special request of users, "said Master of Hydrography, Corvette Captain Branislav Gloginja, Navy Officer Montenegro, who is also Chief Hydrographer with the SHO.
"At a meeting of representatives from ZHMS, IIM and the Ministry of Defense of Montenegro it was agreed to organize a visit to Montenegro of a smaller hydrographic ship in the last quarter of this year. The ship will stay in our waters for ten days, during which our experts, together with our Italian counterparts, will perform detailed hydrographic surveys of several sections of our territorial sea and inland waters. The data collected will be used both for our Ministry of Defense and Navy, and for updating nautical charts," said Gloginja.
Using a specially equipped hydrographic boat CHH-1 and other smaller vessels for shallow areas, Gloginja and other SHO experts are currently performing detailed hydrographic surveys of a total of 14 smaller ports in Boka Bay and the open sea coast, to be used by Morsko Dobro.
SHO is preparing and issuing a new publication of "Pilot" for sailing in the Montenegrin part of the southern Adriatic, with all the necessary information for sailors on the waters, coast, descriptions of ports and marinas, prevailing meteorological and oceanographic conditions, and rules and advice for navigating our territorial and internal maritime waters.
The current "Pilot" was produced in 2013, and therefore the need had arisen for an updated version and for a new such publication, which is used by all foreign sailors of yachts and large merchant ships that sail into our waters.
"In cooperation with the Agency for Nature Protection and the Institute of Marine Biology, we are mapping areas along the coast of Montenegro underneath the protected valuable algae Posidonia Oceanica. We will measure and map the seabed zones under that algae in the seabeds of Kruč, Stari Ulcinj, and the waters around Petrovac, with side scan sonar and depth gauges," said Mitrović.
Text by Siniša Luković
04 Jun 2020, 10:04 AM
June 4, 2020 - The airports of Tivat and Podgorica are officially open from June 1 for commercial flights for citizens of countries where the rate of active coronavirus cases is less than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants.
As announced, the list will be updated once a week by the National Coordination Body for the Fight against Infectious Diseases. Slovenia currently includes Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Georgia, Switzerland, Albania, Austria, Norway, Monaco, Kosovo, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Israel. , the Czech Republic, Finland, and Estonia. Among them, however, are not some of the countries leading in the number of passengers on scheduled airlines to Montenegro before the coronavirus, such as Serbia, Russia, Turkey, Great Britain, France, or Italy.
"We can't wait for the first flights and passengers. Welcome."- they said on the Instagram on that occasion from the Airports of Montenegro (ACG) because that company has been practically wholly blocked since March.
However, unofficially, the Airports of Montenegro sees the latest decision of the NKT to allow the resumption of regular air traffic with countries below 25 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants, established by Montenegrin epidemiologists, as completely useless.  It will certainly not lead to a recent resumption of commercial air traffic in our country as it is set now.
"It is illusory to expect any airline to start flying to Montenegro again when it does not know for sure whether these flights will last only one, two or seven days or maybe more because there is always the possibility of an increase in the number in the meantime. Until yesterday, for example, on the list of "allowed" were Ireland and Northern Macedonia, which today, however, are not more on the list of countries whose citizens can enter Montenegro without being quarantined. No one serious in air traffic can, under such "slippery" conditions, where you can, and tomorrow or the day after tomorrow you can't fly, plan the renewal of traffic for Montenegro. The aviation industry is a much more severe and complex activity than that."- said our interlocutor from the top of ACG, who insisted on anonymity.
According to him, the Airports of Montenegro, in cooperation with some of its business partners - foreign airlines and Montenegro Airlines, had previously planned to resume regular commercial air traffic from our airports for the second half of June. With this decision of NKT, everything falls and takes us at least ten steps back from that plan. "
By the way, all countries in the region of former Yugoslavia have already renewed regular air traffic or are doing so under far more liberal and flexible conditions to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 from Montenegro, which is at the same time, by far the most dependent on air traffic in the context of achieving more tangible commercial results of the summer tourist season as the main driver of the Montenegrin economy.
NKT's decisions not to allow Serbian citizens to enter Montenegro without being quarantined have already caused enormous damage to air traffic with that country as one of the most important markets for both the Airports of Montenegro and the national airline Montenegro Airlines. Montenegro banned landing in Belgrade. The inability to fly on its busiest and at the same time the most profitable routes from Tivat and Podgorica to Belgrade for MA is a "nail in the coffin" of that company burdened with numerous debts. Serbia is one of the most important business partners in our airports. The lines of that company and MA from Belgrade with Montenegro this summer should have been the most frequent in the region of former Yugoslavia and one of the most frequent in all of Eastern Europe.
31 May 2020, 23:20 PM
May 31, 2020 - The Institute of Public Health (IJZ) has updated the list of countries from which arrival and stay in Montenegro will be allowed from June 1. Northern Macedonia and Ireland are no longer on the list, in which, after the cases confirmed today, the coronavirus case rate has increased.
The list includes:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bhutan, Chad, Central African Republic , Czech Republic, Denmark, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Esvatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Philippines, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Greenland, Georgia, Guyana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iceland, East Timor, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Yemen, Jordan, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Kenya, China, Kyrgyzstan, Comoros, Congo, Kosovo, Costa Rica , Cuba, Laos, Lesotho, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Hungary, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger , Nigeria, Nicaragua, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, Pak Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Slovak Republic, Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Slovenia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
IJZ states that the decision to mitigate the measures was based on three groups of criteria, respecting the EU recommendations.
"These are primarily epidemiological criteria, as a primary group of indicators that should indicate that the spread of the disease has slowed significantly in certain countries. A steady reduction in the number of new cases, hospitalization rates, and the number of patients in units has been taken into account. 
"Epidemiological assessment and analysis of the disease showed that the rate of active cases from 25 per 100,000 inhabitants indicates the level of local transmission which represents an acceptable risk for unhindered movement and stay of the inhabitants of these countries in Montenegro," the IPH states.
The second group of indicators is the capacities of Montenegro's health system, primarily those related to adequate epidemiological processing, as well as possible clinical care of the potential influx of imported cases, including capacities for hospitalization, evacuation, transport and transport and contact monitoring, the Institute added.
The last group of criteria referred, as they say, to the availability of testing capacity that would be necessary for the timely detection and monitoring of possible re-spread of the virus.
"Based on such defined criteria, we have reduced the risk of making decisions based on assumptions or incomplete information or ad hoc decision-making that would at this time and this level of disease threaten the public health of all citizens of Montenegro. We are aware that before this first phase of border easing, many families were separated and cut off from each other for a long time. If we all managed to stay saved for so long, we are sure that few more days or weeks, when many states will manage to reach our criteria, will not represent a great sacrifice that we will all make together, no matter which side of the border we are on ", conclude the Institute.
31 May 2020, 22:26 PM

May 31, 2020 - The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) decided that, from tomorrow, June 1, Montenegro will open all road border crossings to neighboring countries that were closed as part of measures against the spread of coronavirus.

At midnight, the further border crossings open:

With the Republic of Albania:

- Grnčar - Baškim, on the road Plav - Shkodra and
- Sukobin - Murićan on the way Ulcinj - Shkodra.

With Bosnia and Herzegovina:

- Šćepan Polje - Hum, on the road Plužine - Foča,
- Šula - Vitina, on the road Pljevlja - Foča,
- Sitnica - Zupci on the road Herceg Novi - Trebinje and
- Meteljka - Metaljka on the road Pljevlja - Čajniče.

With the Republic of Croatia Kobila - Vitaljina, on the road Herceg Novi - Vitaljina - Dubrovnik.

With the Republic of Serbia:

- Ranče - Jabuka, on the road Pljevlja - Prijepolje,
- Vuče - Godovo on the road Rožaje - Tutin, and
- Čemerno on the road Pljevlja - Priboj.

The Government announced that the traffic of passengers and goods at these road border crossings would take place following the measures of the NKT. The new measure adopted on Thursday stipulates that when entering Montenegro, the quarantine measure does not prescribe to Montenegrin citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in our country entering from countries rates of confirmed active cases of coronavirus infection less than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants from the list of the Institute of Public Health as well as foreign nationals who are residents of countries on the list and enter from countries on that list.

On the list of countries that currently meet the epidemiological criteria are: Slovenia, Iceland, Croatia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Albania, Austria, Norway, Monaco, Kosovo, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Israel, Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Ireland, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Estonia.

The road border crossing Vraćenovići - Deleuša with Bosnia and Herzegovina on the road Nikšić - Bileća, which was closed on February 27 due to the construction of border infrastructure, remains temporarily closed.

29 May 2020, 11:57 AM
May 29, 2020 - Montenegro opens its borders to Croatia on June 1, but Croatian borders remain closed to Montenegrin citizens. Serbia allowed the arrival of Montenegrin citizens, but Montenegro did not list Serbia among the first countries to whose citizens it plans to open its borders. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be able to enter Montenegro, but Montenegrins are welcome to Bosnia.
The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, stated today that the message of Podgorica that the citizens of Serbia are undesirable in Montenegro is "clear" to her. She assessed for B92 television that Montenegro's decision to open the country's borders to the citizens of several countries, but not Serbia, is wrong. It represents a "classic case when politicking obscures economic interest and what is good for your economy and citizens."
She also stated that she believes that Podgorica will change that decision under the pressure of the tourism sector.
"I believe that there will be a lot of pressure from hoteliers because tourism is the most significant part of their economy, and that is why our citizens are perfect tourists. Eventually, they will give in, and I believe they will invite us to come to Montenegro. I urge citizens not to go where they are undesirable, but wherever they go, the Government of Serbia will be open for cooperation, "the Prime Minister stated.
She reiterated that Serbia respects Montenegro as a neighboring country and advocates for regional stability and better connections to improve the citizens' quality of life.
"I do not understand that some colleagues in the region do not understand that we as a region can progress and raise the quality of life of the citizens of Serbia, BiH, Montenegro only if we work together, if the region is peaceful, stable, better connected," said the Prime Minister.
She stated that she does not want to interfere in the internal affairs of Montenegro, but also added that her constitutional obligation as Prime Minister and the requirement of Serbia as a state is to take care of Serbs in Montenegro, to protect their rights.
She assessed that by reciprocity, "we will not get anything" and that it is meaningless to close Serbia's borders for 28% of Serbs living in Montenegro.
"We do not want to participate in these games of the past, but we are facing the future. I invite the citizens of Montenegro to come to Serbia. We are an open country, we want people to come here, that is our policy and will not change because someone else's strategy is entirely different ", said the Serbian Prime Minister.
Asked about Croatia's decision not to open its borders to Serbian citizens, she said that Zagreb made that decision only for EU members and that she assumed that "something does not count excessively on tourists from Serbia."
"I think more about how to best present all the beauties of our country to our citizens who often know foreign countries better than our tourist destinations. I invite our citizens to stay during the summer in Serbia and rely on the beauties and services in their country because it is in terms of health security the safest, and thus directly help the domestic economy in a challenging year ", said Ana Brnabić.
Commenting on the absence of EU reactions to Podgorica's decision, she said that full membership in the Union remains Serbia's strategic path, but added that sometimes the lack of response is a reaction.
At yesterday's session of the Government, Croatia decided to open the borders for ten European countries, among which there is no Montenegro, Croatian media report.
At the beginning of the Government session, President Andrej Plenković said that this decision was made, as he said, due to the excellent results of Croatia in recent days. He said that the borders would be open for tourists from ten European countries, and the list will be expanded, he says, following the situation.
Previously, Montenegro did something similar, so Serbs are not allowed to travel there for now.
Croatian Minister of Health Vili Beroš stated that there had been no new infected with COVID-19 in Croatia for the last four days.
"We are among the most successful countries in the fight against KOVID-19 in Europe and the world - he said, adding that since the measures were relaxed, we have a small number of newly infected people and a favorable epidemiological situation," Beroš said. He added that he was sure that as the situation progressed, the list of countries would expand.
The Minister in the Government of Croatia, Davor Božinović, explained that citizens from ten countries on the list will no longer have to state the reasons for entering Croatia, but will enter the country as before the coronavirus pandemic.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is opening its borders for the entry of citizens of all neighboring countries as of June 1, the chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Zoran Tegeltija, confirmed on Thursday.
"We have decided to open the borders with neighboring countries from June 1 without any restrictions related to testing for COVID-19," Tegeltija told reporters in Sarajevo after the session of the Council of Ministers.
He added that all restrictions on passenger traffic with neighbors had been lifted even though some neighboring countries, namely Croatia and Montenegro, still retain restrictions on the entry of BiH citizens. "Unfortunately  neighboring countries were not kind to BiH in the same way," Tegeltija said. All Bosnian airports will be open for international traffic, so from June 1, a complete renewal of air traffic is possible.
Montenegro annunced yesterday that its borders will be open from June 1 also to the citizens of Bosnia.
28 May 2020, 17:57 PM
May 28, 2020 - The strategy for the development of tourism in the Municipality of Tivat until 2024 aims to position this city among Green Destinations - tourist destinations with an offer throughout the year, preserving unique features, promoting existing and new experiences, and providing additional value for the entire tourism industry chain.
As pointed out by TO Tivat, special attention must be paid to the local community's continuous involvement in the development of tourism, the quality of life of citizens, and the sustainability of the destination, which is an essential and unavoidable goal.
"Tivat as an already well-known tourist city to justify its place on the list of favorite tourist destinations in June starts the process of the primary analysis, coordination and definition of existing and new activities, with a chance to receive certification by Green Destinations after detailed reporting, sustainable improvement and neutral assessments by international experts. Green Destinations, a non-profit foundation for sustainable tourism development and recognition, offers support in the process of sustainable development, all through the active involvement of the local community and the business sector, "they point out.
As they explain, together with their partners, they support more than 200 destinations in over 50 countries around the world, when it comes to responsible tourism on globally recognized principles.
"The program also strives for sustainable development goals. Green Destinations or Quality Coast certification, more than any other, offers recognizability and Visibility of the destination in the market. It provides tourists with information on clean, green, and responsible destinations. Joining Green Destinations Tivat expects benefits such as independent assessment of the pros and cons of the destination, detailed proposals for improving tourism with an emphasis on "green solutions", global recognition through Green Destinations or Quality Coast Awards - certification, recognition of good practices that have been implemented, as well as a free connection with the global community of destinations that strive for sustainable tourism, which gather every year at the international event Global Green Destinations Days ", explained from TO Tivat.
This network and events offer a unique opportunity for destinations around the world to share good practice examples and examples of how to achieve sustainable goals.
"Visibility in the market: Successful members have permission to use the achieved status in marketing (logos, banners, flags); and are found on an increasing number of platforms for the promotion of sustainable travel (Good Travel Guide,, Green Destinations Collection). The criteria of this program are recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council ( At the end of a demanding and ambitious process, the destination can be accredited by this council. In the region, Slovenia is the country that works most successfully with this program ", states the TO Tivat.
The focus of this program is six "topics". These are destination management, nature, and environment, environment and climate, culture and tradition, social welfare, business, and catering. The realization of the entire process will include the public and private sectors from the representatives of the Municipality, local economy, investors, local community.
"Working efficiently in all these aspects, towards the goal of obtaining this certificate, Tivat will once again justify its desire to become one of the leading tourist destinations and that through an adequate, strategic process. It will be a better place to live for locals and tourists who visit it. In terms of monitoring the national tourism strategy and in 2021, 30 years of constitutional commitment as an ecological state," they point out.
TO Tivat will manage this process and organize the first meeting/workshop with the public and private sector in June.
27 May 2020, 22:21 PM

May 27, 2020 - The Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate informed Montenegro Airlines late yesterday afternoon that the right of the Montenegrin national airline to land at Belgrade's "Nikola Tesla" airport was suspended.

"Montenegro Airlines is about to fight for faster and better connection of Montenegro with airlines to all European destinations, and we will be committed to this task. The industry in which we operate should not depend on political decisions. Regardless of this unexpected decision of Belgrade, Serbia remains a part of our traffic plans, and we will try to contribute to the consequences of COVID-19, in the economic sense, being remedied as soon as possible, "said Montenegro Airlines.

The officials from the "Nikola Tesla" airport said yesterday that they did not have any official information that the Montenegrin national company's planes were forbidden to land. "We have not officially received anything, we have only seen in the media that the landing of Montenegro Airlines is prohibited," they stated.

The government in Podgorica announced on Monday that it had decided to reopen borders with some countries as of June 1st, but they remained closed to Serbia and Republika Srpska.

Montenegro Airlines announced yesterday that it is preparing for the renewal of commercial flights and that the first flights will be to Belgrade.

However, the Civil Aviation Directorate decided to deny permits to the Montenegrin airline. The explanation of the decision, they stated that the decision of the government in Podgorica violated the principle of reciprocity in the movement of passengers between the two countries.

It, as stated, directly affects the reciprocity in the operation of scheduled air transport referred to in Article 13, paragraph 1 of the Ordinance on the issuance of approval to foreign air carriers to operate international public air transport with the Republic of Serbia, to the detriment of registered airlines in Serbia.

Montenegro's decision on opening its borders with some countries, among which there's no Serbia, is not political but just related to the epidemic situation, said Montenegro's Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic, after the Prime Minister's Hour.

Montenegro's decision to keep its border with Serbia closed provoked sharp reactions from some Serbian officials. PM Markovic said that Montenegro wanted to act responsibly.

"There's no rational explanation for reactions from Belgrade. Serbia was the first one to close the border with Montenegro. It banned the export of medical equipment to Montenegro, the export of wheat as well. We never reacted to that. We thought such decisions were in the interest of their citizens", PM reminded, adding that the decision regarding borders is in the interest of Montenegrin citizens.

Commenting on Serbia's decision to ban Montenegro Airlines flights at Nikola Tesla Airport, PM Markovic said he would look for the alternatives.

"We think that the decision is not logical. We are going to look for alternatives, like for wheat. We are not going to ask for the explanation," Markovic said.

He pointed out that telephones "are in function and Serbian authorities can always call and ask anything regarding our decisions".

Source: CdM,

26 May 2020, 23:02 PM

The national airline, Montenegro Airlines (MA), has started preparations for commercial flights starting from June after an almost three-month suspension of flights due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan is to have the first flights to Belgrade, but the overall traffic will still be reduced until 14 June 2020, including that date.

“It means that all flights to European destinations are still not allowed, except for Belgrade. In the beginning, flights to Belgrade, from Podgorica and Tivat, will be organized with reduced intensity but on a daily basis, i.e. from Podgorica – once or twice per day, and from Tivat – once per day every day,“ the national airline told CdM.

They expect the traffic to other regular European destinations to be allowed during the last week of June.

Montenegro will open its borders in early June, but only for certain countries, that is, for those with the same or similar epidemiological situation.

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