07 August 2019 - The International Summer Archaeological School for Children - Arheolab, launched its activities on August 1 in the Budva City Park, and will last until August 23, reports Culture Corner.
The activities of the educational project Arheolab will be held every day, except Sunday, from 09.30 am to 01.30 pm.
The school is run by Asja Zec, a graduate archaeologist from Padua (Italy). The school is traditionally organized by the Public Institution Museums and Galleries of Budva for the sixth consecutive year.
At this Summer Archaeological School for Children, students have the opportunity to get in touch with archaeological research in a simple and interesting way. They participate in the simulation of archaeological excavation, more precisely, in a wooden box filled with layers of soil they will be able to find objects that correspond to certain periods of time, all to gain knowledge and insight into the formation of historical layers through time, which archaeologists then decipher.
Simply put, the goal is to make children aware that beneath the surface of the earth there is a whole world just waiting to be discovered, and that archaeological finds are not only found in archaeological excavations in far exotic countries, but that they can also be found below the path by which we walk every day.
Unlike in previous years, in addition to the findings, tombs from the Iron and Roman periods will be excavated this year.
The school is intended for children from 5 to 13 years old. Partners of the International Summer Archaeological School Arheolab are the Public Company for Coastal Zone Management Morsko dobro and the Tourism Organization of Budva Municipality.
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06 August 2019 - Budva-based companies Adriatic Properties and HTP Miločer, are going to construct the new Queen’s Beach Hotel. Acting chief state architect, Dušan Vuksanović, gave consent for a conceptual design for this hotel, as CdM reported.
The old Queen’s Beach Hotel in Pržno was recently torn down, making space for the new 5-star hotel at an area of 37,296 square meters. The Adriatic Properties management earlier announced the construction of the new, 70-million worth hotel would start after all the necessary permits are obtained. The construction should be finished in two and a half years.
The new hotel was designed by Podgorica-based Studio K in line with the urban and technical requirements issued by Montenegro’s Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism on 31 December 2015 and 12 April 2019. The total area is 12,255 square meters. The technical part of the project suggests that hotel capacities are going to be significantly expanded, thus enabling the development of high-end tourism compared to the old hotel.
Queen’s Beach Hotel is going to have two underground levels with 137 parking lots, a ground floor and four floors. There will be 126 accommodation capacities in it, of which 60 rooms and 66 luxury apartments.
Adriatic Properties earlier emphasized that preservation of natural beauties and cultural heritage of this area had been their topmost priority while selecting the conceptual design for the new hotel.
The old hotel, built in the early 1980s was removed following the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism decision of 7 June 2017. Adriatic Properties is a long-term leaseholder of the town-hotel Sveti Stefan and Villa Miločer, as well as Queen’s Beach Hotel based on the 2007 lease agreements with HG Budva Riviera and HTP Miločer.
Petros Stathis is the President of the Board of Directors of Adriatic Properties, while Goran Bencun is the CEO. HTP Miločer CEO is Dragan Miković, the President of the Board of Directors is Milena Radulović, while the Government of Montenegro is its owner.
The area of hotel rooms will be ranging from 30 sqm to 70 sqm, projected as single and double rooms. Apartments’ surface will range from 62 sqm to 317 sqm, and they have been projected as double, three-bed, four-bed, five-bed and 6-bed suites. The apartments are going to have a dining room, a living room, 2-4 bedrooms with a separate bathroom and a wardrobe, a workroom, a staff room, a kitchen and a terrace surrounded by greenery.
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05 August 2019 - Croatia has been complaining about a weak summer season, which is probably happening due to the high prices. The situation in Montenegro is different and the prices, according to foreign tourists, have not changed compared to the last year and correspond to the quality of Montenegrin offer, as CdM reported.
Managing Director of the Directorate for the Development of Tourism Destination in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism Ćazim Hodžić said that prices in the Montenegrin cities are the same as last year.
“We have not changed the prices, but I have to say that many places enhanced the quality of their offer,” Hodžić pointed out.
He claims that Montenegro is not an expensive tourism destination and also that the country offers packages for high and low net-worth individuals as well.
Comparing the tourism offer with the region, Hodžić said that Montenegro is way cheaper than Croatia. As for the results of this year’s summer season, Montenegro visitor numbers hit record levels, but it is too early to speak about the revenues and the number of tourists.
General Manager in Hilton Podgorica, Nemanja Nikolić, also believes that Montenegro cannot categorize a destination as cheap or expensive, but that it can be said that certain amenities in a destination are cheap or expensive.
“As for Montenegro, it has diversified tourism offer, that is, we are oriented towards both high net-worth individuals and those spending less money in our country. Unfortunately, we can not describe our country as the leading tourism destination as we need much more than 5-star hotels. All tourism destinations are easily accessible and it is important to understand that Croatia or Greece are not our only competitors but all the other destinations similar to ours,” stressed out Nikolić.
President of small and medium-sized hotels in the Montenegrin Tourism Association, Dejan Rađenović, thinks prices easily succumb to changes thanks to the internet.
“Every tourism company/entrepreneur determines its own pricing policy. Prices easily succumb to everyday changes thanks to the internet, depending on the offer and demand in accommodation capacities,” Rađenović emphasized.
He also pointed out that Montenegro is not too expensive and that the tourists can choose different kinds of accommodation, depending on their finances.
President of small and medium-sized hotels in the Montenegrin Tourism Association, Dejan Rađenović, believes prices are not the greatest problem of Montenegrin tourism, but that the problem is the grey economy.
“In addition, this year the authorities did a lot in order to reduce noise and that is a huge step forward,” Rađenović concluded.
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04 August 2019 - A public call for the construction of a wind farm in Brajići with an installed capacity of more than 70 megawatts should be announced soon.
The Government of Montenegro has adopted the Information on the announcement of a public call for a long-term lease of state-owned land for the construction of a wind farm on the site Brajići - Budva and Bar municipalities. The Ministry of Economy of Montenegro is in charge of issuing the public call for the lease. It is proposed to lease 13,8 million square meters of state-owned land at the following sites: Brajići, Kuljače, Utrg, Ovtočići, Tomići and Brčeli located in the municipalities of Budva and Bar, reports Investitor Portal.
Six years ago the company Vjetroelektrana Budva, owned by the German company WDP Europe and headed by Golub Senić, showed interest in the construction of the wind farm in Brajići.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro issued licenses for measuring and exploring wind potential at the sites in the cadastral municipalities of Kuljača and Reževići II from May 2013 to November 2017. Based on these measurements, the energy potential sufficient for wind power of more than 70 megawatts was estimated.
As Pobjeda daily previously reported, the Government of Montenegro has formed a board composed of representatives of the ministries of finance, tourism and economy, who drafted a tender text, with a land lease agreement, to which the ministries gave positive opinions. The documentation of the Real Estate Administration, which includes extracts from the real estate listings, the area and the way of using the parcels and the information about the owner or holder, was also provided.
The tender provides for the possibility of concluding a contract on guaranteed purchase of electricity on market terms.
"This avoids the possibility of government taking over risks in part of the impact on the rise in electricity prices for consumers in Montenegro," the information explained.
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03 August 2019 - The American billionaire and the founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, is on a family cruise with his wife, Melinda, and their three children on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.
Mr Gates, accompanied by his wife, Melinda, and three children, came to Montenegro by his super-yacht Lady S docked in front of Kotor and Risan until 28 July, when the Gates family decided to visit Sveti Stefan and then Porto Montenegro. Anchored in front of the old town of Kotor, the yacht attracted the attention of locals and tourists alike, but the identity of the family was kept strictly confidential throughout their stay in Montenegro. According to unofficial information, Gates was seen swimming at Risan, while several guests of the five-star Regent Hotel in Porto Montenegro allegedly saw him and his family resting and playing tennis. Guests of the hotel reported that Gates and his group were very unassuming, reports The Dubrovnik Times. A ninety-three-meter long yacht which costs an amazing 1.4 million USD a week to charter, on which Bill Gates’ family is cruising, was accompanied by a smaller boat with a helicopter on deck.
According to CdM, American millionaire Daniel Snyder was also seen in Montenegro in the company of the second richest man in the world. Snyder is the majority owner of the Washington football team, the Washington Redskins, the founder of Snyder Communications and the primary investor in Red Zebra Broadcasting. The reporters also learned that Gates and Snyder had dinner together on August 3rd, at the luxurious Nobu restaurant on Sveti Stefan, Budva.
According to Pobjeda daily, on Wednesday Bill Gates visited several eye-catching localities in the north of the country, among other things, the Đurđevića Tara Bridge and tried zip lining above Tara river canyon. After that, he experienced the Tara River by rafting.
As many bodyguards surrounded them, reporters couldn't approach them or take photos. The billionaire hasn’t commented to the media or allowed any photographers to come closer.
“According to those who saw them, Bill Gates and his family are simple and spontaneous people, they enjoyed the outstanding natural beauty of Tivat and the Boka Bay and tourist offer of Porto Montenegro,” writes Vijesti daily. Gates allegedly arrived in Montenegro from Croatia.
02 August 2019 - The luxurious Majestic Hotel in Budva has become the bearer of the European Union's Green Ecolabel, reports NTO Montenegro. A total of 25 international certificates for sustainability in tourism have been awarded to Montenegro's accommodation facilities, hotels and apartments so far.
Exclusive hotel Majestic 4*, which received the label of environmental excellence, is located in the centre of Budva, 200 metres away from the Old Town and 50 metres away from the sea. The hotel offers a magnificent sea and marina view. More than simply a hotel, the Majestic offers privacy, comfort and luxury in one place. Designed to charm every single guest with carefully chosen details, a unique example of taste and style, hotel Majestic is an ideal choice for everyone seeking true comfort and elegance.
Green hotels are recognized for their cost-effective business, making them significant partners in nature conservation and combating climate change. The EU Ecolabel Certificate is a confirmation that the hotel manages to limit energy and water consumption, reduce waste (including food waste), minimise CO2 footprint, and limit emissions of hazardous substances to the surrounding environment. The hotels which aim to be green also look to improve labour conditions, including setting new requirements for employee minimum wage, insurance and working hours. Green hotels balance the quality and comfort of their offer while respecting the natural environment and being aware of resource constraints. The eco-label contributes to a better quality of service and strengthens its position in the market - which makes a significant difference between the hotels that own it and others.
Consumers are becoming more and more demanding in their quest for greener holidays. Satisfying this demand is increasingly seen by the tourism industry as the key to success. The Traveller Holiday 2005 study showed that 51% of tourists opt for environmentally friendly resorts and accommodation, while 82% prefer an intact environment. An increase in accommodation that has the EU Ecolabel in Montenegro is of great importance for positioning in Western and Northern European markets as well as in remote markets, as tourists coming from these countries expect high quality service, full destination experience and they are willing to spend more money to stay in green hotels.
The National Tourism Organization of Montenegro and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, in partnership with the UNDP Office and the support of the Low Carbon Tourism Development Project, provide funding for the introduction of Travellife Eco-Certificates and EU Ecolabel Certificates.
If you are interested in getting international eco-certification for your hotel or accommodation located in Montenegro, apply for the Tourism Incentive Program through the websites: www.mrt.gov.me or www.montenegro.travel.
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02 August 2019 - The sixth edition of the Sea Dance Festival will be held from August 30 to September 1 at the picturesque Buljarica Beach in Budva, reports Tourist Organisation of Budva. The new era for the Sea Dance Festival will be launched by one of the greatest musical phenomena of the 21st century, David Guetta, followed by leading German DJ and producer Robin Schulz, the French hit duo Ofenbach, and the most sought-after British dance trio Disciples.
Dance Arena, the most spectacular stage of the EXIT Festival which is considered one of the most respected electronic stages in the world, brings some striking names to Buljarica Beach this summer - the revolutionaries of the world techno scene Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin, whose songs are loved by tens of millions of fans worldwide! The “resident” of the world's biggest parties, Jon Gaiser, also arrives with them to Buljarica Beach.
Excitement is growing when it comes to this year's lineup of the famous No Sleep stage, led by the renowned German producer Recondite with a rich musical oeuvre that makes him one of the most sought after performers on the world stage. His back up comes in the form of powerful sets of headliners of leading festivals, such as German star Helena Hauff, multitalented Dutch DJ Eelka Kleijn, and doyens of the regional scene - Tijana T and Marko Nastić.
Numerous regional and local performers will enhance the great atmosphere on the hidden pearl of the Adriatic coast, and some of the biggest names that made it to the Sea Dance lineup include Darko Rundek and Ekipa, Balkan trap diva Senidah, and the most sought after rappers of the region - Surreal, Fox, Kuku $, Hazze, Bekfleš and others. The party on the Adriatic will also include the TDI stage, which will host some of the most interesting local and regional DJ stars, including Mark Funk, Danny Cruz, Oysha, Mirko & Meex, Divolly & Markward, Wreckage, Leo Fragogiannis, Rosske, Mario Eddie, Mr Mips and Davor Billyc.
Buljarica Beach, over 2 kilometres long and located only half an hour drive from Budva's Old Town, is a true pearl of the untouched nature of the Adriatic coast. The sandy and pebble coast is surrounded by a dense belt of pine and deciduous trees forest and a three hundred year old olive grove, which makes this Montenegrin beach a true green oasis. Perfect location for long summer festival nights, followed by exciting day parties with friends, cocktails and the sound of the waves!
Sea Dance Ticket Price Set for only 29.99 EUR!
The ticket package for all three festival days costs 29.99 EUR, which is a 40% savings over the final price. The "3 + 1" campaign is underway, during which, with the purchase of three Sea Dance tickets, festival fans receive the fourth one as a gift!
One-day tickets are also on sale for the first and second days at € 14.99 each, while the price for the third day is € 17.99. More information can be found on the official website of the Sea Dance Festival: www.seadancefestival.me.
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The Budva Zero Waste City Initiative calls on passersby to take a break and recharge their batteries on the smart Budva Zero Waste City benches. The goal of the initiative is to make Budva the first coastal city without waste ("Zero Waste").
What it takes to have a perfect summer is being asked from Eko centar - Eco Centre Budva, the NGO that is implementing the project. With sun, sea, good company and mood, they complement the answer - your phone to record every moment and Wi-Fi, naturally with a little break.
Strawberry Smart Benches that are solar-powered have been installed through the Budva Zero Waste City Initiative in three locations, where the citizens and guests of this town can find them.
Their whereabouts are in the Old Town, on the promenade Slovenska obala and in Rafailovići and they have free Wi-Fi, phone chargers, air quality and humidity meters, air pressure, temperature and noise levels.
"We are pleased to have helped Budva gain the urban mobility of the world's most modern cities through this initiative. These solar, green benches promote the reduction of environmental pollution and the use of green technologies and renewable energy sources. In addition, they have visually contributed to the beautiful appearance of our coastline. I believe that they will be useful and interesting to both citizens and tourists in their daily activities.
With this donation, as well as an earlier one of 30 plastic waste bins, the Coca-Cola Foundation and its partners have shown that they are actively and strategically involved in creating a cleaner and more environmentally conscious Budva," said Magdalena Miljanic from the NGO Eco Centre Budva.
Through Budva Zero Waste City initiative, this summer Budva also received an Interactive Centre, where the participants collect packaging waste and learn about recycling through fun and education.
It is enough to bring plastic bottles together with your goodwill and to win some of the prizes through fun, the organizers point out.
The Interactive Center is located in Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa Park, on the Slovenian coast and is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
All project information and event announcements are available on Budva Zero Waste City's Facebook and Instagram accounts.
01 August 2019 - Director of Public Works Administration, Rešad Nuhodžić, President of the Municipality of Bar, Dušan Raičević and Director of Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management, Predrag Jelušić, signed Contract on the Implementation of Project Construction of a square and a promenade in Sutomore – II phase.
This phase entails total reconstruction and square paving with hospitality terraces, as well as rebuilding part of the road in the hinterland of the square.
According to the provisions of the contract, works in this phase will cost 965.925,21 EUR. Professional supervision will cost 40.000 EUR, as CdM reported.
The Municipality of Bar will provide financial assistance with 100.000 EUR, Coastal Zone Management will provide 425.000 EUR and the Government of Montenegro will earmark the rest.
Public Works Administration will soon invite the tender for bidders for the execution of works on the construction of promenade and a square in Sutomore.
Rešad Nuhodžić pointed out that a significant project was to be implemented soon. It will be important for tourism and it will improve the standard of living in Sutomore.
“Sutomore has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for years. Therefore, it deserves new amenities. The total value of all four phases of the projects amounts to 5,4 million EUR,” said Nuhodžić.
Public Works Administration will publish tender documentation in the coming days.
“I would like to point out that this investment represents one of the Government’s strategic commitments and its endeavors to use tourist potentials of Montenegro as much as possible,” pointed out Nuhodžić.
President of the Municipality of Bar, Dušan Raičević, thanked Coastal Zone Management for successfully implementing the first phase.
“We are constantly trying to improve our tourist offer. Out town is becoming more and more important. Sutomore, as one of the generators of visits, deserves a different definition. Square and promenade will turn Sutomore into an elite tourist destination, which will contribute to the higher profit generated in tourism,” said Raičević.
Director of Coastal Zone Management, Predrag Jelušić, said that this project was one of the most important projects for the municipality of Bar and one of the greatest financed by Coastal Zone Management.
Jelušić also thanked the municipality of Bar for its dedication and Public Works Administration for taking over the works.
Jelušić announced the next great project – arrangement of the whole coastal zone in Budva and Bečići and international tender for the conceptual architectonic design.
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01 August 2019 - In the first six months of 2019, more than half a million tourists have been recorded in Montenegrin hotels. That is 23,6% more tourists, or 12,5% beyond the results recorded in the same period in 2018, as CdM reported.
New preliminary data provided by the Statistical Office of Montenegro indicated a very successful season in relation to collective accommodation, regardless of bad weather conditions in May and June. The total number of guests amounted to 502.744 whereas the number of overnights reached 1.523.475.
These figures suggest a trend of shorter stays and extended weekend-trips as a new fashion in the world.
Budva is still the “capital of tourism”. There have been 211.826 tourists in the hotels in Budva.
According to the number of tourists, the Capital comes second. Although hotel capacities in Podgorica are scarce, it has welcomed 75.693 visitors. According to the number of overnights, Herceg Novi is in second place. Tivat has had 33.897 guests and 77.046 tourists, Bar has had 20.404 and 83.929 overnights. Around 20.015 guests and even 85.369 overnights have been recorded in Ulcinj.
Since the beginning of the year until the end of June, around 31.370 tourists have visited main tourist centers in the north, Kolašin and Žabljak.
Tourists from Germany were dominant in the structure of our visitors. They are followed by visitors from Serbia, and then come tourists from China and Hong Kong. Guests from Russia have recorded the highest number of overnights – 157.686. Guests from Serbia recorded 140.080 overnights whereas Germans generated 129.076. Chinese and Albanians still have short stays in Montenegro.
The next set of data on the number of tourists and overnights in registered hotels, resorts and similar accommodation facilities will be published on 30 August. Total data regarding all types of accommodation will be published at the end of February.
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