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22 Nov 2018, 01:39 AM

21 November 2018 - The Tourist organization of the municipality of Budva, in cooperation with the National Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, the tourism industry and strategic partners, has represented the tourism offer of Montenegro on the international exchange of tourism CITM 2018, which was held in Shanghai from November 16 to 18.

Traditionally, the Montenegrin and Serbian tourism offer was promoted under the joint brand "Wild Soul of Europe", which proved to be a good model, given the specificity of the East Asian region and the habits of Chinese tourists to visit as many of the countries that are geographically close during their travels.

Montenegro has noted significant growth in the past years in terms of arrivals and overnight stays from the Chinese market. During 2017, about 24 thousand Chinese tourists visited Montenegro, which is double the number of visits compared to the previous year. There were 34,000 overnight stays, which is also almost double the increase compared to the last year period.

The trend of growth continued this year, given that according to the official statistics of the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, from the beginning of the year to the end of September this year there is an increase of about 65% in the number of tourists in Montenegrin hotels from China, as well as an increase in the number of overnight stays of around 51% compared to the same period last year.

Visa liberalization has also contributed to good results, and now citizens of the People's Republic of China, who come to Montenegro in an organized manner (via tour operators), can travel without a visa.

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In line with the growing interest of tourists from this market, during the fair, Montenegrin representatives spoke with numerous tour operators and agents from China, among whom was one of the leaders in this market - "Ctrip". The meetings discussed the possibilities of attracting a large number of Chinese tourists, visa liberalization for individual travel, connections with tour operators from Montenegro, and other subjects that might interest tour operators and tourists from China. On the second day of the fair, the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro has participated in a B2B event for networking of exhibitors and customers.

CITM is one of the most important tourism markets in Asia, which gathers over 2300 exhibitors from different countries of the world. The fair has visited over 800 specialized international buyers from the field of tourism from more than 100 countries. In addition, the stock market is visited by a large number of media outlets every year. Also, this year's International Tourism Fair CITM has hosted numerous high representatives of countries from all over the world, managers of world-renowned companies, well-known economic analysts as well as entrepreneurs from the People's Republic of China.

At the joint stand of Montenegro and Serbia, the joint tourism offer is promoted by the organizations Fly Montenegro, Budva Tourist Organization, Montenegrin Tourist Service Travel Agency and Travel Europe Vip.

18 Nov 2018, 03:08 AM

17 November 2018 - The tourist organization of Budva represents the tourist offer of the Budva Riviera and Montenegro at the 22nd Fair of Tourism and Catering, called "Autumn Fair", which is being held from 15-18 November in Banja Luka.

In addition to the Tourism Organization of Budva as the carrier of the Montenegrin offer, the country's tourist offer is also presented by the local tourist organizations of Kotor, Tivat, and Herceg Novi.

The interest of Banja Luka for the tourist offer of Montenegro is traditionally high, while a considerable number of media companies are interested in the tourist offer Montenegro present.

Assistant Director of Tourist Organization of Budva, Vukoslav Rucović, met with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Government of the Republika Srpska Stevo Mirjanić, and on that occasion discussed future cooperation in the field of tourism.

The number of guests from the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina is growing every year along the Budva Riviera, which is confirmed by the statistics. This year, for the January-November period, 37.566 guests from Bosnia and Herzegovina stayed on the Budva Riviera with total of 277.108 overnight stays, while in 2018 as total, this number was increased to 44.435 guests, or 316.076 overnight stays, which represents an increase of 18% compared to the same period of the previous year.

By direct communication with the visitors of the stand, representatives of local tourist organizations had the opportunity to promote both the tourist offer for the next season and the New Year's programmes. Tourist Organization of Budva took the opportunity and invited potential guests from Bosnia and Herzegovina to spend their first days of 2019 in Budva. Under the slogan "See you in Budva! Twentieth time!" with a rich and various programme, Budva will mark 20 years in a series of organized New Year's programmes on the square in front of the Old Town in Budva.

There are about 150 exhibitors at 60 booths at the fair in Banja Luka.

17 Nov 2018, 04:17 AM

16 November 2018 - Hotel Splendid Conference & SPA Resort 5* is the absolute winner in the Best Seaside Hotel category in the region, at the annual SEEbtm Awards 2018.

On November 15, in the organization of the Conference Tourism Platform SEEmice.com and the Specialized Magazine SEEbtm, the congress industry of the region gathered for the 7th time on the SEEbtm Party, which profiled itself as a strong networking platform of key stakeholders in the congress industry and event management.

SEEbtm party is an exclusive event, organized by the portal “Kongresniturizam” (SEEmice.com) and SEEbtm magazine, which brings together congress industry of South East Europe region. The 2018 SEEbtm Party’s guests included representatives in the field of business tourism and congress industry (hotels, event venues and conference centres, agencies and companies who are the organizers of the events), as well as other stakeholders and influential people from the industry.

At this year’s gathering in Belgrade (Serbia), the SEEbtm Awards were given to the best regional hotels and venues related to the congress and business tourism. These prestigious awards were granted in 17 different categories based on the votes of the “buyers” in congress tourism - people from the congress industry regions, clients of nominated candidates and SEEbtm magazine team. During this event, Hotel "Splendid Conference & SPA Resort 5* received the "Best Seaside Hotel 2018" Award and, once again, confirmed its quality services.

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Located in the small town of Bečići in Montenegro, Splendid Conference & SPA Resort was opened in 2006 as the first 5 stars hotel on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel has four bars and three restaurants of different cuisines, the largest SPA centre in Montenegro and the Casino Royal. Splendid Conference & SPA Resort has the largest conference venue in Montenegro. The venue can host up to 800 people. Hotel Splendid offers several modern halls and syndicate rooms with beautiful decoration and all the necessary technical equipment, suitable for business and private events.

"We are proud of the fact that we were awarded as the best coastal hotel in general because we were the first laureates of this regional award, established two years ago. At that time, we were declared the best Grand Hotel for Congress Tourism with over 200 rooms. Our overall impression is reinforced by the fact that the expert jury consists of 27 jury members and eight out of 8,700 corporate clients from the region, which is really convincing. It is nice to know that we enjoy their trust and that our very clients reward us for what we do for them because they know us best. It is the most beautiful satisfaction for the effort," said the PR manager of the Hotel Group Montenegro stars Maja Vukićević, at the award ceremony.

SEEbtm Awards are recognitions powered by SEEbtm magazine, to the best and most prominent hotels and venues in the meetings industry for the current year, based on the votes of the readers, event organizers and the jury of the SEEbtm magazine. SEEbtm magazine is a magazine specialized in business travel and events industry in the South East Europe region, supported by the leading regional portal Kongresniturizam.com, which this year celebrates 12 years of operation.

Read more information about Hotel Splendid Conference & SPA Resort here.

15 Nov 2018, 08:21 AM

14 November 2018 - Washington Life Magazine, a premier lifestyle magazine and media outlet in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, has recently posted an article about the “Dalmatian Dream” - a luxurious travel through Croatia and Montenegro. “It’s not hard to see why two small neighboring states on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea have become Europe’s hottest summer destinations. With over 1,200 islands, sky blue water, ancient walled cities, a rich cultural history that includes numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, high quality local food, snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes, Croatia and Montenegro offer unsurpassed holiday experiences at generally reasonable prices," the writer Kevin Chaffee explains. He suggested to his readers to experience luxurious holidays in Montenegro, exploring the country’s nature and cultural heritage.

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“Ferry transportation down the Dalmatian coast stops at Dubrovnik, which means renting a car (or hiring a car and driver) from Dubrovnik is the best option to explore the charms of neighboring Montenegro, now one of Europe’s hottest destinations. The journey can take two or more hours, much of it spent waiting in line to pass through both countries’ immigration controls, so be sure to allow plenty of time if you have a flight to catch on either side of the border at Dubrovnik or the Montenegrin international airports at Tivat or Podgorika. Well-heeled travelers also have the option of private helicopter service.

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Porto Montenegro in the town of Tivat on the shore of the nearby UNESCO-protected Boka Bay, is a city unto itself offering every amenity international jet-setters could desire. Developed over the past dozen years and now owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, it has become “the new Monaco” with the world’s largest super yachts filling up every spot (up to 800 feet) in the 450-berth harbor in peak summer season. The adjacent “nautical village” teems with high-end bars and boutiques catering to the tastes of an international clientele for whom luxury is an absolute necessity.

The high-end Regent Porto Montenegro, loosely designed to reflect a refined Venetian Renaissance theme, offers highly personalized service and luxurious accommodations in its 87 expansive rooms and 62 suites and apartments, most with balconies overlooking the water. The stunning 10,000-square-foot pool complex encompasses a luxurious spa and hammam, three swimming pools and a gym. Guests also have access via private shuttle to a separate pool/nightclub facility with a Saint-Tropez vibe as well as a secluded private beach. A meal at the Mediterranean-inspired Murano Restaurant and a drink at the cozy Library Bar are recommended as well as a visit to the outstanding Gourmet Corner, which specializes in artisanal cakes and pastries. From $325. regenthotels.com.

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After ogling the yachts, check out the marina’s pricey shops (don’t miss the amazing pharmacy) and watch teenage fashion victims parade about in $700 Dolce & Gabbana T-shirts and other designer duds as they amble to and from daddy’s boat. If you are in a more serious-minded mood, the nearby Naval Heritage Center maritime museum and submarine are worth a look.

You’ll also want to devote a day or more to explore the towns on Boka Bay, Europe’s southernmost fjord. The best way to accomplish this is via private motorboat with a captain/guide who can be hired through the Regent’s concierge (embarkation is immediately adjacent to the hotel). Along the way, Herceg Novi displays a fine combination of romantic, Byzantine and oriental architectural styles while Risan is known for the remnants of classical culture found there, dominated by the remains of a Roman patrician’s villa with beautiful mosaic floors. Kotor, a UNESCO-protected site, is the top attraction, an old Venetian city and cultural center that has withstood numerous invasions over the last thousand or so years and now attracts a lively crowd in summer that throngs its picturesque churches, museums and restaurants. It’s easy to experience daily life while meandering about the narrow lanes and small squares because it has not been totally overwhelmed by tourists except when cruise ship passengers disembark for a few hours of look & see. Finally there is Perast, another UNESCO Heritage-protected town where no cars are allowed, making it rather pleasant to explore its palaces and churches, some in ruins, set amid small hotels and family homes.

Your captain will surely disembark you at Our Lady of the Rocks (Croatian: Gospa od Škrpjela) off the coast of Perast, an artificial islet created by a sinking derelict and pirated ships loaded with rocks. The Roman Catholic Church of the same name was constructed by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding an icon of the Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea in 1452. The church, which was renovated in 1722, contains 68 works by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century Baroque painter from Perast.

At the foot of Porto Montenegro’s yacht-infested Jetty 1, One Restaurant’s spacious terrace beckons with “the most expensive view in the country.” Although the modern Adriatic menu featuring local ingredients competes with international favorites unavailable elsewhere, people watching will always be the main course here. The extensive wine list features many rosé labels as well as high-end champagnes. The Clubhouse, located a bit aft in the harbor, is a low-key nightspot that attracts an eclectic, younger crowd. Owned by a pair of Australian “best mates,” this casual watering hole is famed for oddly named drinks (“Boulevardier,” “Pink Pussy”), DJs and live music as well as great eavesdropping opportunities when off-duly crew from the super yachts dish about the owners’ various peculiarities and peccadilloes. It’s also the best place in town to watch major televised sports events like the World Cup.

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It is best to rent a car to further explore Montenegro. Begin by driving from Tivat further down the coast to Budva, a summer party paradise boasting the best beaches in the country, ranging from the secluded and quiet to those with bustling party scenes and thunderous dance music that lasts until sunset (when scenesters continue their revelries back in the historic old town). Founded by the Greeks in the fourth century B.C. and fortified in the Middle Ages, it is now the center of the “Budva Riviera,” which runs 22 miles from Trsteno to Buljarica, and is dotted with sheltered coves and miles of sand and pebble beaches. Those with deep pockets but no super yacht can be spotted at Montenegro’s most expensive and exclusive hotel, the Aman Sveti Stefan, a complex of 15th-century stone buildings more like a medieval village than a hotel, housing 50 palatial suites and cottages with inspiring views of the coast. From $750. aman.com.

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Head north to Cetinje, an odd combination of former capital city and quaint village that is the nation’s cultural heart. Get a 10-euro ticket to gain entry to six different museums, the most interesting and important of which is the King Nikola Museum Palace. The home of the ruling Petrovi-Njegoš dynasty until they fled in 1918, its somewhat musty rooms contain ornate furniture, Chinese vases, imposing portraits, taxidermied animals and a beautiful library that is closed to the public but can sometimes be accessed via a hired guide. Also visit Cetinje Monastery dating to 1786 and the History Museum, grandly housed in the city’s former parliament, that follows a timeline from prehistoric times to the mid-1950s.

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Meander further northward enjoying the dramatic views through the mountainous region where the country’s vast national parks and pristine lakes are located. Check in at the Bianca Resort & Spa, a ski lodge in the town of Kolasin that is quiet, clean and features a huge pool, a whirlpool and an excellent sauna. Rooms are smallish and have no air conditioning or screens on the windows (although that is generally not a problem at this altitude). The cafeteria-style food is bland at best with the staff grumbling if they have to prepare anything off the limited à la carte menu — “communist-era hospitality” at its best! From $75, kolasin1450,com. (TIP: Ask for directions to a nearby restaurant run by the Damjanovica family that features hearty local specialties including local trout and kacamak, a tasty cheese and potato staple.)

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From Kolasin it’s a two-hour drive to Biogradska Gora, the second oldest (1878) national park in the world, boasting one of the largest primeval forests in Europe. You’ll want to spend most of the day exploring its verdant landscapes, six pristine glacial lakes and 26 different habitats burgeoning with diverse flora, fauna and fish (including the grayling, which has disappeared from the rest of Europe). Historic heritage sites include sacral monuments and traditional architecture structures. Contact the The Explorer Tourist Agency explorer.co.me for top notch guided tours and be sure to ask about a visit to Eku Katun Vranjak, about 5,000 feet above sea level at the end of a bumpy, winding dirt road. The remote, family-run nomadic settlement of ten wooden chalets (some are available for overnight stays) sits amid breathtaking peaks and rolling pastures with herds of goats and cows feeding on grass as you enjoy a hearty lunch there. Reserve overnight stays and lunch-only visits at jelka.me.

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Enjoy the drive south back to Tivat past rolling farmlands, creeks and the impressive Moraca Canyon to Podgorica (pronounced Pod-go-reet-sa), Montenegro’s “pocket-sized” capital known as “Titograd” in communist times. Stroll along the main street, the Slobode, as well as the side lanes to explore the Old Town (Stara Varos) and its shops, cafes and restaurants including Pod Volat for delicious pizzas and regional dishes that are ridiculously cheap.

Lake Skadar is not on the normal tourist route because it is neither on the coast nor anywhere near to the sprawling national parks. It is however a great place to stop if you enjoy the great outdoors and want to hike, bicycle, swim at freshwater beaches or explore nature preserves. Be sure to visit the Serbian Orthodox Vranjina Monastery, one of the country’s oldest religious sites located on the south-east part of Vranjina island and accessible by an access road from the shore.”

Read more information about the article and the luxurious travel through Montenegro and Croatia here.

13 Nov 2018, 21:27 PM

November 13, 2018 - Organized by the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, a press conference was held on Tuesday at Hotel Center Ville in Podgorica, where the New Year 2019 program in Montenegro was presented.

Representatives of local tourist organizations from Budva, Bar, Herceg Novi, Tivat, Kotor and Podgorica presented multi-day entertainment programs and announced concerts by renowned performers from the region who will be organized at city squares during the New Year's holidays. Traditionally, a rich New Year program has been prepared by numerous hotels throughout Montenegro. Representatives of hotel groups Budva Riviera and Montenegro Stars, the strategic partners of the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, spoke at the press conference on New Year's arrangements and prices. Thanks to spectacular outdoor receptions with attractive performers, and cheerful atmosphere on the streets, hotels, restaurants and other catering establishments, Montenegro has positioned itself as the destination of the best holiday in the region. This year expects a very high quality, diverse and dynamic New Year program, justifying this image and attracting tens of thousands of guests to spend the holidays in Montenegro, according to the National Tourist Organization of Montenegro.

New Year 2019 Program in Kotor

The New Year's Eve in Kotor includes a Kotor evening, when the guests, after the program for the youngest- Children-New Year's Eve, will be entertained by the Kotor performers and their guests. For the New Year's Eve and the first night in 2019, Kotor returns to its true, rock image and within the Rock New Year program, bringing the most significant bands of the ex-yu rock scene of today. On 31 December, Damir Urban, Darko Rundek, Bombaj Press and M.O.R.T. will perform, while the 1st of January starts with the performance of Four Blues Driver, followed by Galija, Psihomodo pop, Autogeni trening.

Within the "From Christmas to Christmas" event, which runs from 23 December to 09 January, Kotor’s citizens and guests will be able to enjoy the Concert of City Music, New Year's Bazaar, Concerts of Classical Music, Concert of Klapa Music, Concerts of Spiritual Music, Humanitarian fun evening, Children New Year.

New Year 2019 Program in Herceg Novi

Citizens of Herceg Novi and the guests of the city under the Orjen Mountain will also be able to welcome this New Year in the open. Organized by the Tourism Organization of Herceg Novi and the Municipality of Herceg Novi, a multi-day music program with a wealth of accompanying content is being prepared, with a magnificent welcome to 2019 on the platform in front of Hotel Igalo. The program will be adapted to different musical tastes, so the New Year's Eve will mark the hits of Riblja Čorba, Jelena Rozga, Sergej Ćetković, and the performances by Ljuba Stanković and other performers.

Herceg Novi enters into 2019 with the most successful hits of the Belgrade group "Riblja čorba" and their frontman Bora Đorđević. They will be playing in Igalo on 31 December from 11 pm and the opening band will be the Bokelian band "Light under the black mountain", from 21h.

The night before, on December 30th, the best atmosphere will be Split's pop singer Jelena Rozga and winner of Pink stars Ljuba Stankovic and during the day, or more precisely from 12h, the "Children's New Year" will be organized with the children's play “The Enchanted Santa Claus".

Monday, 1 January, is reserved for the performance of the biggest domestic music star, Sergej Ćetković, whose performance will begin from 9 pm to introduce the band "Toć".

New Year 2019 Program in Tivat

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 begin 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.

New Year 2019 Program in Bar

The new year's happening in Bar starts on December 30 with the Children's New Year's performance "The Enchanted Santa Claus", and performances by Dino Beharević and D'Bend and Aco Pejović from 9 pm. On 31 December at noon, the New Year's Eve concert will be held by the choir ANTIVARI MUSIC with the soprano Aleksandra Vojvodić -Jovović and under the conductor Miro Kruščić. Before the concert of Sergej Ćetković, the band “Akademia” will perform at 9 pm. The first night in 2019 will be marked by the “Perper” and “Plavi Orkestar” performances. They are also planning to organize a New Year's bazaar with traditional products of the Bar region.

New Year 2019 Program in Budva

The local tourist organization Budva organizes an open-air public New Year's program on the square in front of the Old Town, which will also be the Jubilee - 20 years after the first organized public reception of the New Year in this town. The program will begin on 28 December with Most Wanted, Who See and BG Sindikat concerts from 9 pm.

The day later, Ethno group Zora, Halid Bešlić and Marija Šerifović will go through the program, and the program in front of the walls of the Old Town will begin at 9.30pm. The local DJs will perform first, and Burak Yeter and Darren Emerson will perform at 10 pm.

Citizens and guests of Budva on the craziest night will be entertained by Jack Lupino and Leftovers and “Aerodrom”, followed by the appearance of the regional star Dino Merlin. According to a long tradition, the Concert of Classical Music (Audience Orchestra + Sara Vujošević, Emilija Minić, Marijana Šovran, Lana Asija Dabović) will be organized on the 1 January. “Akademia”, “Partibrejkersi” and “Van Gogh” perform at the evening program.

The Budva Tourist Organization plans, in cooperation with the Budva Host Association, to realize the idea of a "Christmas Bazaar" this year as well, located in the city park. It will be available to citizens and visitors from 15 December to 15 January.

13 Nov 2018, 03:45 AM

12 November 2018 - The exhibition "Vincenzo Maria Coronelli and Perast", which will be held on Wednesday, November 14 in the Museum of Perast, will mark the beginning of the programme for the 21st of November – Kotor Municipality Day.

The exhibition is being organised on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of Coronelli, the most famous Italian cartographer from the 17th century Venetian Republic and the founder of the oldest geographical association in the world (Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti).

The author of the exhibition is conservator and restorer Maja Uskoković.

The opening of the exhibition is on November 21 at 7 PM and it will mark the start of the Kotor Municipality Day celebration.

Coronelli is known as a theologian, geographer, cosmographer and publisher, known in particular for his atlases and globes. As a cartographer, he is known in Montenegro through isolarios: ”Mari, Golfi, Isole, Spiagge, Porti, Citta, Fortezze ed altri Loughi dell’Istria, Quarner, Dalmazia, Albania, Epiroe Livadia” and atlas "Atlante Veneto" kept in the Museum of Perast.

In order to preserve and protect the cultural heritage, the exhibition will present the stages of the implementation of conservation and restoration works on the isolario, and visitors will be able to get acquainted with its appearance before and after the conservation work.

Coronelli's works are the basis for all subsequent cartographers and travel writers who explored this part of Europe.

 

Source: Boka News

12 Nov 2018, 02:45 AM

11 November 2018 - Along with numerous participants and several hundred visitors, Tivat hosted an all-day festival dedicated to autumn - "Luštica Bay Fall Colors Fair" was held on the promenade in the Marina settlement in Luštica Bay.

This festival featured an exhibition of local delicacies and products led by producers of Agroklaster Nikšić who offered organic produce and cultivation by Bulajić family, ethnological household "Dedovina" from Grahovo, Dabović winery, Miljanić's cheese products from Nikšić, and information on a one-day excursion from the Bay of Kotor to Grahovo. It is interesting that among the 20 domestic producers, there were three producers who live and work in the Bay of Kotor and who initially came from abroad.

In addition to a wide range of over 20 varieties of cheeses, Olga Ovčar from Ukraine presented her various dairy products, such as sour cream with and without spices, while the children enjoyed this product the most. Her pepper cheese was definitely the most demanded dairy product. The Morić family has presented a wide range of olive products from their olive groves with 1500 trees, as well as other products, starting from cake and pancakes all the way to almonds. Also, their brandy was an unforgettable experience for many who tried it for the first time.

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Furthermore, honey and products made out of honey were offered by Radojica Radović and Vidak Tomašević, beekeepers of the company "Grbalj". Products from olive oil were taken care of by the Abazović family, while medicinal herbs could be smelt throughout the whole fair from the stand of Julka Radmanović. Variety of juices, wines and vegetables were a specialty of Bosiljka Vuksanović. Many other manufacturers offered ham, pears, pies, sweets, juices, honey products and goat's milk. "Rančevka" produced by Predrag Klakor and Jovica Peričič was the most popular brandy. Visitors also had an opportunity to buy handmade pillows and handbags which were offered by Jan March.

"We are very satisfied with the response of the visitors and the atmosphere that was present in Luštica Bay. With many guests, especially the youngest, excellent offer of domestic products, we think that this is an approach that we will definitely nurture in the future," said Slavica Milić from marketing team of Luštica Development.

11 Nov 2018, 22:51 PM

The Public Enterprise for National Parks of Montenegro (JPNPCG) received the International Travel Award Golden Interstas 2018 “for excellence in contributing to the harmony of human, plant and animal life, and thus the development of tourism in Montenegro” at the jubilee 25th International Tourism Fair in Solin (Split, Croatia).

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"It is a great pleasure for us to recognize the National Parks of Montenegro as a special and significant tourism potential in the region, and to the great honor that we have received recognition as well. This award is a great incentive for us to preserve, develop and promote the values of parks through the design and development of tourist infrastructure on the principles of sustainable development. We also improve the level of service for all interested tourists and nature lovers, their better information on the contents and tourist offer as well as the more efficient promotion of rich natural and cultural-historical heritage. We will endeavor to contribute, in cooperation with the Government of Montenegro, to the key institutions, the tourism industry and the local population in the future, to the development of the potential of parks, and thus to a better standard of inhabitants living in the municipalities that gravitate our parks," said the director of JPNPCG Elvir Klica at the tourist awards.

"As a land of the Dinaric Mountain Chain, Montenegro is proud of its five natural parks, five protected areas whose values and beauties are recognized both on the national and international tourist map. From year to year, the JPNPCG promotes a tourism offer based on the principles of sustainable development, nature and active vacation. This year, we realized a record tourist visit and increased the number of visitors by over 30 percent. We expect the growth trend to continue in the future, which will also contribute to the promotion of Montenegrin parks at the Solin Fair, as well as participation at important international tourism fairs in the first quarter of next year," said Klica.

National Parks Recognized by International Travel Journalists Federations

Prestigious international award Golden Interstas for many years awarded FEST and FIJET / European and World Federation of Travel Journalists and INTERSTAS. The award was given in the context of three event 25th INTERSTAS / International Festival of Tourism, Film and Landscape, 21 ITF 'CRO / International Tourism Film Festival, and 16 of the CEA-CRO / Competition of Croatian towns and places for "International Golden Flower". The overall manifestation was held in the City of Solin from 7-9. November 2018, under the auspices of the relevant ministries of the Republic of Croatia, Split-Dalmatia Region and the town of Solin and the high patronage of the President of Croatia.

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"The European and World Federation of Travel Journalists awarded Public Enterprise National Parks of Montenegro for GOLDEN INTERSTAS 2018, for your systematic, professional and extremely creative work, and the constant care of this oasis of the magnificent harmony of man, plant and animal world and the development programs of you and yours professional associates to improve and enrich this and Montenegro's tourist product, both in terms of the space and offer. Your work is recognized not only by the fundamental tasks - the preservation and revitalization of national parks: Durmitor, Biogradska gora, Skadar lake, Lovcen and Prokletije, these gems of Montenegro, but also through development projects enriching the quality of tourist offer and thus controlling the growth of the number of visitors, and the better living conditions in these areas through tourism. It is estimated that this will not only promote the sustainable development of tourism which is based on the balance of ecology and economy in the line of man and nature, but also significantly contribute to the recognition of specific tourism product of Montenegro in the world. This also contributes to the overall international tourism exchange, time and a better understanding between peoples and countries, which have recognized FEST and FIJET, "according to the award citation for JPNPCG.

The Golden Interstas Award the Managing Director of JPNPCG Elvir Klica was presented by Director of Interstate Vojko Pleština and Mayor of Solin, Dalibor Ninčević.

11 Nov 2018, 03:23 AM

10 November 2018 - On the occasion of the conference of the European Capitals of Culture and meetings of the new edition of Unity in Diversity, the President of the Kotor Municipality Vladimir Jokić paid an official visit to Florence at the invitation of the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, last week, and attended a joint gathering of representatives of cities of Europe.

Unity in Diversity represents a platform undersigned by Mayors from over 60 countries, which collects Mayors from all over the world that are willing to listen to and talk about culture, media, democracy, arts, education, science and research for the purpose of peaceful coexistence and progress of citizens. The conference is supported by a number of high representatives, international experts and opinion makers, artists, journalists, students, Academy Award-winning actors, scientists, Nobel laureates, religious leaders, delegates and many others who are ready to discuss actions in terms of public administration and decision making, and order to build a better future.

The opening of this year's Conference was attended by Italian Minister of Culture Alberto Bonisoli, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics and the Mayors and representatives of more than 40 different cities.

During the opening of the manifestation, Italian Minister of Culture Alberto Bonisoli noted that "this conference is held in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage". This conference was the perfect spot for networking and exchanging the best practices of the European Capitals of Culture cities regarding the preservation of cultural heritage.

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The mayor of Kotor has received a formal invitation from the Mayor of Florence because Kotor has been recognized in the world as the Capital of Culture in Montenegro. Kotor has managed to preserve its distinctiveness through a number of unique manifestations and events such as the fashianda, winter and summer carnival, Boka night, Kotor Children Theater festival, Kotor Art Festival, Refresh festival, Searock festival and many others. This city devotedly cultivates the idea that it is a city that belongs to the world's cultural heritage under the protection of UNESCO, enjoys an international reputation, brings together great artists from around the world, and attracts a wide range of audiences with its quality and diversity.

At the conference, the Mayor presented Kotor, its cultural and historical heritage, and also expressed Kotor's readiness for cooperation with other cities in the fields of culture and tourism. President Jokić met with the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and invited him to visit Kotor in the coming year to mark the 40th anniversary of the day when Kotor was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Unity in Diversity aims to build a network that will support and implement specific projects, in particular, those focused on supporting cultural heritage protection, cities' resilience and sustainable development, to facilitate actions directly generated by the needs and ambitions of the local community.

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08 November 2018 - The people of Herceg Novi, as well as their guests, will be able to enjoy the 2019 New Year in the open air. Organized by Tourist Organization and Municipality of Herceg Novi, a multi-day programme with rich accompanying contents is being prepared, along with the magnificent New Year's celebration in 2019, both at the location of the Youth Park - Igalo, and the Škver. The programme will be adapted to various musical tastes, so New Year's Eve will mark the hits of Riblja Čorba, Jelena Rozga, Sergej Ćetković, performances by Ljuba Stanković and many DJs.

The people of Herceg Novi and their guests will enjoy the hits of the Belgrade rock band "Riblja Čorba" and their frontman Bora Đorđević. They will perform on stage in Igalo on December 31st from 11 PM and as an intro band "Light under the black mountain" will start from 9 PM. On the same stage, the night before, December 30th, the Croatian pop singer Jelena Rozga and the winner of Pink's Stars Ljuba Stanković will create a great atmosphere starting from 12 PM, when the "Children's New Year" will be also organized.

A particularly interesting programme is being prepared for the youngest with the children's theater play "Enchanted Santa Claus". On January 1st, the show is reserved for the performance of the biggest domestic music star, Sergej Ćetković, while the band "Toć" will be an intro band. This, however, is only part of what people of Herceg Novi and guests can expect during the New Year holidays.

On 31 December and January 1, Škver will bring the sounds of electronic music, or more precisely the performances of popular DJs, while the daily parties will be organised as well during the New Year's holidays. Also, with the engagement of music stars from the former Yugoslavia, along with large, well-known hits and fireworks, Herceg Novi will proceed in the most beautiful way in New Year 2019.

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06 November 2018 - A modern multimedia web presentation that, like the new visual identity of the institution, was based on guidelines of branding and strengthening the institution as a whole, was recently promoted as the new internet presentation of the Museums of Kotor - the Museum of Perast, Lapidarium, Church of St. Pavle, Solidarity Gallery, Small and Large Grudge, as well as the other heritage under the authority of the Museums of Kotor.

The internet presentation of the cultural treasure which the heritage guarded under the Museums of Kotor has been based on the model of the leading regional web portals intended for culture and museum activity, keeping the modern aesthetic and technical internet categories, with the utmost respect for the principles of originality and belonging to the Mediterranean cultural circle.

The multilingualism of this presentation is also a significant step forward, but also a valuable rarity among the cultural institutions of this region, because the complete content, including news, can be followed in English, Italian and Russian in addition to the Montenegrin language. This feature of the official website of the institution is valuable because of the more contentious presentation of valuable cultural heritage and the promotion of international cooperation, and the importance of attracting foreign visitors and strengthening the commercial segment of the institution with the aim of its self-sustainability.

Comprehensive service information is available to interested visitors, experts and users of the institution's premises, and in order to comply with legal obligations and transparency of work on the site, relevant data on public procurement and anti-corruption documents are also available.

The official website was made by the renowned company Implementacija d.o.o. in cooperation with the professional staff of the Museums of Kotor.

Internet presentation of Museums of Kotor is available for all guests and you can read more about it here.

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