Government Allocates 100 Million EUR to Winter Tourism Development

By , 31 Mar 2019, 22:21 PM Politics
Government Allocates 100 Million EUR to Winter Tourism Development Copyrights: Government of Montenegro; B. Ćupić

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30 March 2019 - The winter tourist season 2018/2019 in Montenegro officially ends March 31, and the Director of the Ski Resorts of Montenegro Miloš Popović assessed that the season was successful, even slightly better than last year's.

"The winter season began in mid-December, and it ends today. There are six ski resorts in Montenegro: Kolašin, Savin Kuk, Javorovača, Vučje, Štuoc, and Hajla. According to the management of the Ski Centre Kolašin 1600, which was opened later than planned because of the installation of the cable car, 4.000 ski passes were sold during 45 days of the season, while 13,000 ski passes were sold in Durmitor during 109 days of the season. In regards to the amount of snow on the trails, this season was very successful, one of the best in the last six years. Actually, this season is even a couple of per cent better than the previous one that was ruled the most successful in the last few years," the Director of the Ski Resort of Montenegro emphasized.

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Popović announced additional works during the summer and new contents in the following winter tourist season in Kolašin and other ski centres.

"This is just the beginning of the development of this ski centre. The progress is evidenced by the fact that a tender procedure has already been launched for the new six-seater cable car, which will connect the ski centres Kolašin 1600 and Kolašin 1450. Furthermore, we will prepare about 9 km of ski trails alongside. In addition to the existing cable car, another 6 km of ski trails will be prepared, and when everything is linked, in the next year, we will have 45 km of ski trails," Popović said.

The Director of the Ski Resort of Montenegro explained that a contract has already been signed for the construction of a new cable car at Bjelasica – ski resort Žarski. The value of the contract is 9 million EUR. The contract for the construction of a base station in Mojkovac worth 1.5 million EUR has also been concluded in the previous period.

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"A contract for the construction of a six-seater cable car worth 9 million EUR was signed. The plans will include 3.5 km of ski trails at the ski resort Cmiljača in Bijelo Polje. In the coming period, we will make a public call for the base station at that location worth 1.8 million EUR," Popović stressed. He added that the tender procedure for the six-seater cable car at the ski centre Štedim and Hajla in Rožaje has also been launched. "We will also create a tender for the construction of a base station worth 1.5 million EUR. The contract for the construction of a six-seater cable car in Žabljak worth 9 million EUR with 4.5 km of ski trails was concluded. In Žabljak, we will prepare an additional 1.8 km of ski trails. We will soon launch tender procedure for the first phase of snowmaking worth 1.3 million EUR," the Director of the Ski Resort of Montenegro noted, adding that at least 7 million EUR will be invested in each ski centre.

Director of the Public Works Directorate Rešad Nuhodžić said that the Government of Montenegro will allocate 100 million EUR through the capital budget for the projects that are yet to be implemented.

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