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08 Nov 2019, 06:57 AM

November 8, 2019 - National Park Durmitor has had the most successful tourist and business year so far. Around 270.000 tourists are expected to visit Durmitor by the end of the year, it was said in the Social and Economic Forum of the National Park.

 

Director of National Parks of Montenegro, Mr Elvir Klica, said that national parks had recorded a record season.

“Apart from Durmitor, Skadar Lake national park also recorded excellent results. Financial parameters are not our priority but rather the protection of natural and cultural values of parks”, said Mr Klica.

Mr Klica added that the goal of the Social and Economic Council was to carefully plan the forthcoming winter season, together with representatives of institutions, local tourist organizations, NGO sector and representatives of the tourism industry.

“The forthcoming season is very important as the Expo Dubai is ahead. That will be a great opportunity for us to promote the beauties of our parks and this National Park. We are going to attract other markets, those that aren’t popular here and we are going to encourage them to visit Montenegro. We expect even better results next season. As far as Durmitor is concerned, we expect more than 300.000 visitors”, added Mr Klica.

 

Mr Klica said that they were going to initiate construction of the third lane and a roundabout at the entrance of the national park, to avoid crowds and pressure during the season.

Director of the Durmitor NP, Mr Tomo Pajović, acquainted the attendees of the forum with the results achieved during the season. He pointed out that visitors came from all over the world.

“Nice weather in September and October increased the arrivals. More than 26.000 visitors tried the Tara rafting experience. That’s 23% more than in the same period last year. This national park is really worth the visit”, said Mr Pajović.

Protection and sustainable development advisor, Mr Veselin Luburić, pointed out that one of the key strategic provisions in the management plans was the improvement of cooperation with the local community and the users of national parks.

President of the municipality of Žabljak, Mr Veselin Vukićević, said that they would reconsider the candidacy of projects related to the reconstruction of infrastructure around the Black Lake, construction of sewerage system, roundabout, parking, as well as new lighting and water supply grid.

Text by CDM on November 7, 2019, read more here.

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05 Nov 2019, 16:26 PM

November 5, 2019 - The National Tourism Organization of Montenegro, NTO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, local tourism organizations and tourism industry, is going to present the Montenegrin tourism offer at the 40th World Travel Market (WTM) taking place in London from 4 to 6 November 2019.

 

The Montenegrin delegation is headed by the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Mr Pavle Radulović, State Secretary in the area of tourism, Mr Damir Davidović, and Director of the NTO of Montenegro, Ms Željka Radak Kukavičić.

In order to promote the destination and establish new business connections with renowned tourist journalists from this market, the NTO of MNE organized the participation of the Montenegrin delegation at the prestigious event called ‘The BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner’.

 

On the first day of WTM, Minister Radulović met with Mr Steve Heapy, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ chief executive. Both sides were considering possibilities for collaboration, having in mind that this tour operator has already included MNE in its catalogs and the fact it used to bring passengers to our country over the airport in Dubrovnik. Moreover, this company plans to introduce 4 flights over the course of the week to Tivat, of which two will be from London and two from Manchester from May to October.

Jet2.com is the UK’s third-largest airline, while Jet2.holidays is the second-biggest UK operator.

The World Travel Market in London is one of the leading global events for the travel industry where all sectors of the tourism industry are presenting their offer, including travel organizations, airlines, hotels and hotel companies, travel agencies and tour operators, PR houses, etc.

This world’s most significant travel market brings together around 5,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries, over 50,000 tourism professionals and about 3,000 media representatives.

Text by CDM on November 5, read more here

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02 Nov 2019, 07:46 AM

Tivat has recorded a 24% increase in the number of tourists, compared with last year. With the same increase in the number of overnight stays, Tivat had more than a million overnights in the first nine months of this year. Tourists were mostly from Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Great Britain, China, France, the USA, Ukraine, Croatia and Hungary, said director of Tourist Organization Tivat, Ms Gabrijela Glavočić, at the conference marking the end of the summer season.

 

Between 1 May and 1 September, a total of €293.000 of local taxes have been collected, 21% more compared with 2018.

President of the Municipality of Tivat, Mr Siniša Kusovac, pointed out that competent municipal services and enterprises had significantly contributed to the successful summer season in Tivat.

“This year Tivat got the highest rank ever in the survey that encompasses a wide range of elements and aspects of tourism season. Interestingly, Tivat is still a favorite when it comes to relaxation and rest. Its cleanliness is the third most appreciated factor that makes tourists come back. Seawater quality has been K1 throughout the whole season. The credit goes to our municipal services,” said Mr Kusovac.

In pre-season and during the season, TO Tivat operated following the existing strategic objectives of the development of tourism and it significantly contributed to maintaining the status of a high-quality destination that Tivat enjoys.

“Promotional materials have been translated to German, Russian, English and French. Apart from many brochures, we also made a calendar of events – “TIVTOVANJE 2019 (“TIVTING 2019″)”. It was distributed to more than 5.000 addresses in the region”, said Ms Glavočić.

TO promoted the authenticity of the destination through trade fairs and presentations in the country and abroad. TO of Tivat emphasized its richness of local characteristics and customs, contributing to numerous projects relevant to the municipality.

“TO Tivat used the beginning of the year to create new strategies for taking part in tourism trade fairs, to promote the entire region. The idea was to promote and present Boka and its three towns: Tivat, Kotor and Herceg Novi. It was an impressive presentation because it showcased the specificity of a region – cultural heritage, tradition, folklore, cuisine and other attractions”, said Ms Glavočić.

According to Ms Glavočić, this year again, Tivat carried out many important promotional actions. Texts about Tivat were distributed all across the region.

“Two great projects were carried out in pre-season – promotion of Hello travel Boka magazine and the first Pictorial glossary about Tivat. “Tivting” definitely was a boom this year”, added Ms Glavočić.

Thanks to the activities above, Tivat got the highest rank so far in the regular survey.

Text by Cdm on November 1, 2019. Read more at Cdm here.

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01 Nov 2019, 02:01 AM

01 November 2019 - The Herceg Novi Tourism Organisation is a partner on the European project Cycling Rural, which includes the arrangement of several scenic viewpoints and four cycling tracks in Herceg Novi. The first project working session was held on October 31st in Ljubuški (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and it was attended by the president of the Tourism Organisation Pavle Obradović, reports Radio Herceg Novi.

“CYCLING RURAL - Cycling routes to improve natural and cultural heritage of Herzegovina and Montenegro” is a project that refers to tourism valorisation of natural and cultural heritage sites in rural and tourism marginalized areas in the targeted communities in Herzegovina and Montenegro (Široki Brijeg, Ljubuški, Posušje, Grude and Herceg Novi). The project aims to make these sites and countries recognized as outdoor tourism destinations. Cycling Rural involves the creation of new and attractive tourism offers (Cycling Rural tourism brand) in both cross border regions and at specific locations. This will directly lead to diversification of tourism offer and it will raise the quality of tourism offer and tourism services in the Adriatic Hinterland.

New scenic viewpoints in Herceg Novi will be arranged in the areas of Kameni and Vrbanj, and the project foresees four cycling tracks.

“The whole project is based on raising the attractiveness of cycling tours, which will increase the attractiveness of destinations included in the project. One cycling tour is planned from the Hotel Plaže, via Meljin and Pod to Kameni, and three are in the area of Kameni and Vrbanj. The Tourism Organisation is working to promote active tourism and this will be a new offer segment alongside the Adventure Park, which will increase the number of visits to the hinterland. The project envisages around 100 000 EUR for Herceg Novi,” said Obradović.

The Tourism Organization of Herceg Novi has applied for 23 projects, four of which have been approved, and as Obradović pointed out, significant funds will be allocated from EU grants.

“I am very pleased that this year we have established a sector for project planning. I hope that we will be even more successful in the future. Huge funds are being allocated from EU funds, and I now call on all local institutions to work together”, said the TO Director.

The Cycling Rural project runs through the spring of 2021 and is approved under the second call of the bilateral, through LOT 2 "Improving the Quality and Diversity of Tourism Offer Based on Natural and Cultural Heritage".

30 Oct 2019, 01:42 AM

30 October 2019 - After three years of successfully operating the Hotel Verde Complex in Podgorica, constant improvement of the quality of the offer and service, the Montenegrin Board for categorization of catering facilities recently assessed that the hotel met the highest standards in the hotel industry and awarded it a five star rating.

The hotel representatives say they are proud of their team, whose continuous effort significantly contributed to this excellent result. ”Five stars is not only a confirmation of the achieved quality, but also an additional responsibility to persevere on this path and not to exceed the expectations of the guests,” says the statement by the hotel’s PR service.

Hotel Verde is a segment of the recreation complex with the same name, located on the outskirts of the city, along the river Sitnica, which determined the concept and content of the hotel, tailored to the customer needs. The Hotel recently became a segment of the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Built according to international standards of construction, using materials and systems which appear to be friendly to the environment, the Hotel grants the necessary comfort and peace for guests as well as a pleasant working atmosphere and services which are designed to complement and make the guests’ stay even more beautiful.

The hotel can accommodate 174 individuals in 81 accommodation units, spacious and cozy with diverse structure - “Standard” rooms, “Superior” rooms, Triple rooms, Junior apartments, Suites, Family rooms, Deluxe apartments and rooms for persons with disabilities. A rich gastronomy offer of the hotel is available in buffet and a la carte restaurant, along with a VIP Gallery. The other complex facilities are intended to provide additional, more and more needed, relaxation and recreation to the hotel’s guests.

The Verde Complex is ideal for congress tourism, business people, but also recreational travellers who want to enjoy a variety of facilities. Verde Hotel is the perfect place to organize and host various sports, business, cultural and other events upon request.

30 Oct 2019, 01:07 AM

30 October 2019 - The Institute for physical medicine, rehabilitation and rheumatology Dr Simo Milosevic JSC Igalo, which marked its 70th anniversary as a renowned institution for multidisciplinary spa treatment this year, was recently awarded a prestigious plaque to celebrate the institution’s high-quality offer.

Representatives of the Institute Dr Simo Milosevic Igalo recently took part in a specialized congress tourism fair (MICE) in Belgrade, WESTM2019, organized by the Novi Sad-based company Turistička prizma, which marks 25 years of existence and successful work this year.

On this occasion, an international journalist jury decided to award the prestigious prize – “Turistička prizma 2019 Award for creating a new quality in tourism” to Institute Dr Simo Milosevic Igalo, in the form of a Prizma statue and a charter.

Institute Dr Simo Milosevic Igalo Received Prestigious Award for Quality at WESTM2019

Institute Dr Simo Milosevic JSC Igalo is an institution for physical medicine, rehabilitation and rheumatology. It is one of the largest and the most famous institutions for a multidisciplinary spa treatment on the Balkan Peninsula. The institute is a pioneer of modern physical and preventive medicine, thalassotherapy, and wellness, and it is also one of the leading international centres for rehabilitation of children, adults and seniors.

Besides the preventive medicine program and health rehabilitation, Institute Igalo offers wellness and recreational programs, which basically rely on the modern medical principals. These programs are devoted to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and benefits of aromatherapies, massages and face, body and soul pampering treatments.

Institute Dr Simo Milosevic Igalo Received Prestigious Award for Quality at WESTM2019 2

The distinguished Award for creating a new quality in tourism, which was recently put in the hands of the representatives of the Igalo Institute, has been awarded continuously at the WESTM since 1997.

Winter Events & Spa Travel Market (WESTM) is MICE and Spa tourism exhibition for South-East and Central Europe organised in Serbia. It is designed for hotels and other accommodation facilities, ski resorts, spas, convention centres, tourist boards, tour operators and travel agencies, manufacturers and distributors of equipment, as well as all other companies operating within MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) or spa tourism. WESTM is the first international fair in Serbia for the MICE industry.

WESTM provides its participants with two days of business meetings with the MICE industry of the region, and educational and related programs are all designed with one goal: to make this event the step forward for business improvement. The event aims to establish better cooperation between the tourism industries of Southeast and Central Europe (SEE) and other European countries, as well as with companies outside of Europe who are interested in the regions. The educational program “ Travel2IT ”, which is open to all participants, aims to provide new practical knowledge and insight into emerging trends related to the winter, wellness & spa and congress tourism, and ICT.

27 Oct 2019, 21:10 PM

27 October 2019 - Winter season operations of the national carrier Montenegro Airlines begin on October 27th, 2019 and will be valid until March 28th, 2020.

According to the official statement published on the company’s website, Montenegro Airlines will be making minor amendments to its 2019/2020 winter season operations.

The carrier will continue to operate scheduled services from Podgorica to Belgrade, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zurich. From Podgorica to Belgrade, flights will operate twice a day on all days except Fridays, when MA planes will fly three times a day. Montenegro Airlines planes will fly from Tivat to Belgrade once a day on all days, and Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays twice a day.

For the second consecutive year, the airline will increase frequencies between Podgorica and Ljubljana, with an additional two weekly rotations (Mondays and Thursdays) for a total of six. The company will also add an extra weekly flight from Podgorica to Frankfurt and Paris, as well as from Tivat to Moscow during the holiday travel period, between mid-December and mid-January. Furthermore, the airline will run charter flights to Italy (Bari and Naples).

As for the other regular flights operated by MA throughout the year, there will be no significant changes, except for the period around New Year's and Christmas holidays, when additional rotations are introduced due to increased demand.

This winter season, Montenegro Airlines will maintain operations with four aircraft - three Embraer E195s and one Fokker 100 jet, reports EX YU Aviation. The second F100, which has been grounded with an engine issue since May, is unlikely to be returned to service. Although the carrier is yet to detail its future fleet plans, it is believed this winter will mark the last for the remaining F100, which is approaching retirement and will be replaced by a leased Embraer jet next summer. The Montenegrin carrier is currently in the process of finalising a commercial strategy that will define the company’s development over the next three to five years in terms of its destination network and fleet structure.

25 Oct 2019, 12:39 PM
October 25, 2019 - Montenegro is becoming a more and more attractive tourism destination, not only during the hot summer months and the winter season. It is not the result of strategic action and cooperativeness of all segments of the tourism industry. Still, predominantly based on inertia and the fact that Montenegro is a relatively new and therefore desirable tourist destination, it seems that we are slowly but surely overcoming seasonality, especially in the area of nautical tourism.
 
Warm weather and interest in Montenegro in the growing international market results in the fact that we have a significant extension of the tourist season, especially in the segment of nautical tourism, said Nevena Bozovic from UNA Montenegro agency, noting the markets with the most significant number of guests during this period:
 
"The majority of our guests come from Western Europe, but we also have guests from the US. As Montenegro is an increasingly attractive elite destination, it is also noticeable that we are opening up to the Emirates and the Arab world more than in previous years. "
 
When it comes to UNA arrangements, during this period, there is a keen interest in quad safari tours of Vrmac and Lustica, as well as one-day charters for motorboats and sailboats.
"Daily charters are the most popular. Guests are keen to see Perast and its islands, to sail to Kotor. No less famous is the voyage to Mamula and the Blue Cave and the acre to Lustica Bay."
 
The most significant number of UNA clients interested in off-peak nautical offers is located in Regent and Chedi hotels, as well as in other smaller hotels throughout Boka. Bozovic points out that the concierge agents of our hotels are well organized and informed about the various activities they can offer their guests.
 
"I cannot help but feel that we are all happy together, because we are no longer in that July-August when we cannot reach the demand. This part of the job is enjoyment. As it is best to bathe in May and October, it is now best to work with clients because you have time to dedicate to them. And it's nice that it's still going on," Bozovic concludes.
 
Expert tourism experts point out that the satisfaction and enjoyment of a tourist service provider is a guarantee of the sustainability of tourism in a destination.
25 Oct 2019, 11:35 AM

Establishing a ferry service from Zelenika to Rose, and the possibility of developing Zelenika as a leisure port that would be an alternative to Kotor are important issues for Herceg Novi, according to Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs Osman Nurković and representatives of the city’s administration.

On Wednesday, during a working visit to Herceg Novi, Nurković and the city administration discussed road infrastructure, the status of Zelenika port and city port Škver, as well as issues related to the maritime economy.

“Legislation and strategic documentation that the Department of Transport and Maritime Affairs is working on need to provide comprehensive solutions and regulate an area where there is a lot of inconsistency and overlap with functions in other departments,” stated Nurković.

According to the Ministry, Nurković stated that, regardless of political views and choices, the common task for all is to create better conditions to ensure Montenegrin citizens can enjoy higher living standards.

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Mayor of Herceg Novi Stevan Katić recalled that the most significant projects for the improvement of transport infrastructure are the construction of a city bypass, a road network on the Luštica Peninsula, defining the issue of the concession on city port Škver, solving the problem of traffic jams at border crossings with Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and toll collection on the Meljine-Petijevići section, which could be defined as a highway by the state.

He stated that these were investments of interest to both the citizens of Herceg Novi and indeed the entire country, and which need cooperation from the Ministry and the local authority. 

Speaking about the reconstruction of the Adriatic Highway, Katić and others stated that better communication was needed to ensure there would be no traffic collapse or delays in carrying out the work during the second phase of the project.

 

25 Oct 2019, 01:13 AM

25 October 2019 - The new Podgorica – Bari line, which will be established as a segment of the cross-border On Cloud Nine project, will be launched in January 2020, reports CdM Portal.

The new line will be introduced and maintained by Montenegrin national carrier – Montenegro Airlines. As TMN reported earlier, the representatives of the Airports of Montenegro recently participated in a kick-off meeting of the transnational On Cloud Nine project in Bari (Italy) at the premises of Airports of Puglia.

The project On Cloud Nine, “cONnecting CLOse and Unexplored Destinations with New INter-Adriatic transport sErvices” aims to establish air links between the Italian region of Pula and Montenegro, as well as Pula and Albania, through the testing of the Brindisi - Tirana and Bari – Podgorica air routes. "This initiative will contribute to the promotion of mobility, trade and tourism in the Montenegro-Italy-Albania region by developing and improving the quality of new cross-border, sustainable and integrated passenger transport opportunities," Airports of Montenegro said.

The representatives of the Airports of Montenegro explained that the project was co-financed under the trilateral Interreg - IPA cross-border cooperation program for Italy, Albania and Montenegro, with a total budget of 1,44 million EUR.

The data published by the portal EX-YU Aviation show that this winter the number of passengers in regular air traffic is expected to increase significantly in the markets of several countries of the former Yugoslavia.

"Based on data from the company Cirium (formerly FlighGlobal) analytics firm, which analyses aviation and travel trends, comparing the 2019/20 winter season with the previous one, most significant shift in the number of departing passengers on the European continent will be noted in Montenegro,” reports EX-YU Aviation.

23 Oct 2019, 13:10 PM
October 23, 2019 - The Tourist Organization of Kotor will propose a strategy seeking a different way of regulating excursion tourism. Kotor is visited annually by about half a million travelers who, apart from paying the excursion fee of 1 euro, have very little or no extra-board consumption. 
 
Low tax rates and small excursion spending are not enough to improve the existing urban infrastructure and create a better life for the people of Kotor. The question is whether the city needs this kind of tourism, Ana Nives Radovic, director of the Kotor TO, told Infobiro:
 
 "With so many excursions and the problems that excursion tourism creates to the city, we need to rethink and think about whether just one euro per guest is enough for us, whether the city can still cover everything with that money. We are already talking about more than half a million people who are circling the city and spending very little money, or minimal benefit to the city, saying that this form of tourism is desirable," Radovic said.
 
Kotor is facing high-paying markets where there is already a well-established culture and habit of traveling and spending. These are tourists from the UK, USA, Scandinavian countries, France, and other Western European countries.
 
"The plan of the Tourist Organisation and cooperating tourist economies is to concentrate on these markets, to reduce the number of arrivals of those guests from whom the city comes only in the form of excursion fees and deficient consumption. It is a great task for Kotor and all the local institutions to devise a smart, rational, and long-term strategy. We want to create a long-term strategy to make tourism in the city sustainable, ensuring for Kotor not to become a destination that anyone will sooner or later avoid," she explained.
 
First of all, Kotor has to be a pleasant environment for its inhabitants, who are very much affected by this, because there is a growing number of those who openly ask why they have so many tourists:
 
"Together, it creates a huge number and burden for the city, the city's infrastructure, and it affects the growing concern of citizens, who, as someone who lives and spends time here, not only owe us answers, but also a better and more enjoyable life. The city must be not only tailored to tourists but also tailored to citizens," Radovic said.
 
Ultimately, even if the increase in prices did not contribute to the relief of the city, Kotor would have a tax revenue that could be further invested in urban infrastructure, which would improve the quality of life of citizens.
 
"Is it justifiable to have an excursion fee of one euro, since with this number of guests who come and with so much tax we can do very little to improve the infrastructure of the city, that is, the city benefits from it? Kotor is facing a great challenge when it comes to creating a strategy, not only for tourism development but also for development and lifestyle in the city in the future in general," she concluded.
 
Ana Nives Radovic said a record number of overnight stays and visits were achieved this year, because only in mid-September, after paying the tourist tax, they reached the entire last year's collection amount.
 
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