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08 Apr 2019, 23:51 PM

08 April 2019 - At the second Digital Summit of the Western Balkans, held last week in Belgrade, the Municipality of Herceg Novi was presented by the Vice-President Danijela Đurović. She took active participation at the panel Digitization as a driver of local socio-economic development.

"Local governments play a key role in the digitization of services because they can make their complete availability and the easiest use for every member of the society," Đurović pointed out.

In this regard, the presentation by Vice President Đurović at the Digital Summit of the Western Balkans focused on examples from real life, precisely the concrete ways in which the Municipality of Herceg Novi used digital development for the modernization of the work of the public administration.

One of these services is "System 48", which allows citizens to apply, send a request or inquiry to the local government by invitation, message, email or through the website. In addition to the existing Civic Bureau, a branch office was opened on the Riviera, which is connected to the central system. The tourist organization has introduced with electronic cards that connect the offer of the city, provide discounts for tourists and easier information with QR code. The town is also constantly working on the best coverage of the city with free internet. Another example that Đurović referred to is the "Find & Park" concept, which plans to implement the Parking Service.

"As one might feel, the focus of introducing such services is "bringing local government closer, better communication, easier aging of rights and fulfilling obligations"," Đurović said.

In addition to Đurović, Darko Mrvaljević and Boran Ivanoski from NALAS (Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe) spoke on the panel on digitization as a driver for the development of local communities.

The Digital Summit, which brought together about 3,000 participants from 30 economies of the Western Balkans, Europe and the world, was opened by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Marija Gabriel and the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union Houlin Gao.

The Digital Summit was initiated by the Multi-annual Action Plan for Regional Economic Cooperation within the framework of the Berlin Process, an initiative aimed at improving regional cooperation, and the first such meeting took place last year in Skopje.

08 Apr 2019, 23:30 PM

08 April 2019 - Volleyball Club Budva won the Montenegrin Cup after defeating Jedinstvo Franca 3-0 (25:16, 25:19, 25:22) in the grand finale in the Mediterranean Sports Center. Players of the Volleyball Club Budva returned the volleyball cup trophy to this city.

All of this was made possible thanks to the new club - a club originated with the desire to return the volleyball trophy to the capital of Montenegrin tourism, which disappeared with the closing of the most successful Montenegrin volleyball club, the Budva Riviera.

In addition to the defeat in the Cup final, the team of Darko Prebiračević was eliminated in the semi-finals of the playoffs from Budućnost Capital Plaza, with two maximal defeats. In the decisive matches in the season, the team from Bijelo Polje could not count on Montenegrin national player Luka Šuljagić because of his illness.

Volleyball Club Budva will have the opportunity to win the double crown, and the final series against Budućnost, to three victories, will start on April 13th.

Volleyball Club Budva Winner of Montenegro Cup 2019

As far as the match is concerned, starting from the first set, there were no dilemmas about who would come out victorious.

Budva started with 5:0, which played without injured captain Jovan Delić, and continued to 8:2. Jedinstvo returned to 13:11, but the host scored with six points in a row for 19:11 which was too much for their opponent.

The second set was pretty equal until the score of 16:14 for Budva, when the host team scored 4 points in a row for 20:14 which eventually gave them the set.

It seemed that Jedinstvo in the third set would prolong the uncertainty. The team from Bijelo Polje opened this set better than the other ones, quickly scored 6:11, followed by 12:18 and at this point everyone thought that the fourth set was already on its way.

However, the team from Budva did not give up, and with 5 consecutive points, they first reduced their opponents' lead at 15:18, and then switched from 15:19 to 21:19. The guests held until 22:21, when Budva reached the first match point with two consecutive points. This match point was defended by the team from Bijelo Polje, but the other one was at 24:22, when the young Ivan Zvicer scored the match winner.

Alen Didović with 16 points was the best in the winning team, Ivan Urtado and Zvicer added 10, Dejan Jocić 9. The best in the defeated team was Bojan Strugar with 16 points.

Technician Shun Imamura was named the best player of the men's final.

05 Apr 2019, 20:30 PM

The school ship by the Navy of Montenegro, sailing boat "Jadran", sailed from its base in Tivat for a three-day cruise with the pupils from the Maritime High School of Kotor.

"The extraordinary cooperation of the Navy VCG and the Maritime High School continues this year as well. Third-grade students of the nautical and naval direction started sailing with the task of applying the knowledge acquired in the classroom through practical work on the ship," said the director of the school, Professor Veljko Botica.

Because this year's third-class generation is the most numerous in the history of this school, the regular annual tuition of students and their training in practice on "Jadran" had to be organized in three instead of the usual two groups. That is why the high school students who will sail in Montenegro's territorial waters from Boka to Ulcinj and back on “Jadran” will take shifts by the end of next week.


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In the first group on board, there are 46 students - 23 machinists and 23 boaters, and with them on board, there are four professors. Among the cadets are also two young girls who diligently carry out all tasks together with their peers.

"On board, the students have been welcomed by the crew of Jadranwho is always in a good mood. They are under the command of Captain Zoran Ivanovsky, who is always ready to help the cadets adapt to the conditions of life and work on board," Botica said.

The next group of fifty students leave for the cruise on Monday, April 8th, and return on Wednesday, and will be replaced with a third group on board that will return from the sea on Friday, April 12th.

"A total of 141 of our students will be able to feel what it's like to sail and sleep on the waves, what life is like on board, both when the sun rises and when it rains, when the sea is clear and how important it is for an individual to contribute to group goals, and to check their knowledge and skills," said Professor Botica, adding that students will be able to apply their theoretical knowledge in terrestrial, electronic and astronomical navigation, maritime and marine engineering as well as under the supervision of the professors and members of the crew of "Jadran", to take part in the navigation watch on the deck and in the engine room of the ship.

Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on April 4th 2019, read more at Vijesti

05 Apr 2019, 00:14 AM

04 April 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković and representatives of the renowned Dutch shipbuilding company Damen Kommer Damen and Porto Montenegro Mohammed Al-Shaibaniagreed said at a meeting in Bijela that the project of the transition of the former shipyard into the service of luxury yachts is successfully developing in accordance with plans, that it represents a new aspect of Montenegro's development, and that it is expected that the new industry will employ up to 450 workers when it is in full operation. 

Representatives of Damen, which employs 10,000 people in 35 shipyards on five continents, build 160 vessels every year and generates an annual turnover of two billion euros, presented a plan for the transition of the former shipyard. The plan is to rebuild 14 yachts in the first season 2020/2021, while in the fifth and sixth year they expect to reach full capacity - 100 yachts a year with an average employment of more than 400 people. 

"That means we need a lot of employees. We want to find out as quickly as possible whether people from Montenegro are looking forward to work. We want to provide training for interested people in our shipyards in Northern Europe and to organise a training programme in Bijela," representatives of the Damen Group told Prime Minister Marković.

Prime Minister Duško Marković stressed that, after visiting the site, he is thrilled with what he saw, having in mind that it is one of the projects that changes the Montenegrin economy. 

"I have been waiting for this moment for a long time, and today I feel fine. There were challenges, but we overcame them together. This project is important for the whole of Montenegro because it changes the whole philosophy of our development. With this project, we first solve the issue of the environment and open up a new clean industry. At the same time, we connect our tourism industry and industry. That is why this is a new era in the economic development of Montenegro. This needs to be understood by every state administration official. Any limitations will be overcome. Here I see a perspective for young people and that is why I am pleased that Damen is here. We need your experience and your know-how more than money. You will enjoy the full support of the Government," Prime Minister Duško Marković underlined at the meeting. 

In the context of the importance of development based on clean technologies, the Prime Minister recalled that the Government allocated EUR 50 million for remediation of five locations: the former shipyard in Bijela, solid waste dumps and red sludge pools in the former Aluminum Plant, the abandoned mine shafts of Šuplja stijena and the coal ash and slug from Maljevac dump. 

After the meeting, leaders of the Damen Group and Porto Montenegro, who on 30 November 2018, signed with the Government the concession agreement for the Shipyard in Bijela, with the aim of transforming the former shipyard into a service of luxury yachts, shared the optimism. 

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Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group Kommer Damen expressed his special gratitude to the Prime Minister for engaging in this project. 

"I am very grateful that with the assistance of the Government of Montenegro, and especially the Prime Minister, we have made progress in cleaning the Shipyard and that we are likely to start operations in March 2020," Kommer Damen said following the meeting.

Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Porto Montenegro David Margason said that he is thrilled by the fact that, after a long preparation, the remediation and the beginning of the shipyard transition are finally underway. 

"I am very pleased that our investment in tourism in the last ten years has finally brought new investments into this business," said David Margason. 

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The Prime Minister also spoke with Executive Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Porto Montenegro Mohammed Al-Shaibani. 

The meeting discussed the plans for further development of Porto Montenegro as one of the most important tourist resources of our country, as well as plans for expanding the tourist offer. 



04 Apr 2019, 23:51 PM

4 April 2019 - International Conference: Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro2019 will be organized from April 7-11, 2019 in Kotor, by the Institute of Marine Biology, University of Montenegro.

The 2019 International Conference: Adriatic Biodiversity Protection will provide updated scientific, decision-making and policy-relevant information across a broad array of different Adriatic issues, marine biology, and related scientific disciplines. Emphasis will be on how state-of-the-art research on Adriatic biodiversity protection, conservation of coastal and marine areas and sustainable use of marine resources can contribute to policy- and decision-making. Particular focus will be put on the development opportunities which marine biotechnology can offer in the Adriatic. Organized to include plenary and breakout sessions covering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, Conference results will be used in shaping future marine science priorities and policy in Montenegro and other Adriatic countries.

The Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro is granted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement a project “Marine Biodiversity Conservation Center “Boka Aquarium” (MonteAqua)” in cooperation with the Center for Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation of Inland Waters, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Kragujevac. The International conference “Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro2019” is the final project event, dedicated to gather all relevant national and regional stakeholders and to secure closer regional cooperation in the Adriatic Sea region.

According to the UNEP, the Mediterranean Sea is subject to tremendous pressure from multiple human uses and climate change. Recent research results indicate the cumulative impacts of human activities in the Mediterranean, ranking it as a hotspot of marine biodiversity, and one of the most heavily impacted marine region worldwide. One of the most intensely used and severely degraded regions of the Mediterranean is the Adriatic Sea. It implies a necessity of developing appropriate and effective policy-responses including adaptation actions, enhancement of resilience and implementation of mitigation activities. The Conference will address alterations of Mediterranean ecosystems, with a particular focus on the Adriatic Sea and its biodiversity and analyse widespread conflict among marine users. By presenting the latest science, the Conference will facilitate, synthesize and summarize the science-policy dialogue.

The topics which will be addressed during the conference include marine biodiversity conservation, conservation of coastal and marine areas, preventing marine pollution, rare and endangered species in Adriatic sea, marine invasive and alien species, roles of aquaria, international trade in endangered marine species, sustainable use of marine resources, marine biotechnology and freshwater biodiversity conservation.

04 Apr 2019, 12:04 PM

April 4, 2019 - KotorArt Talents at this year's KotorArt festival Don Branko's Music Days will have the opportunity to perform at four concerts. These are the concerts planned in the Church of St. Spirit, Concert Hall of Music School "Vida Matjan," starting at 21.30h.

KotorArt has been supporting young and prosperous domestic musicians since its founding, creating opportunities for improvement and advancement, supporting artistic development and above all giving the chance to come face to face with some of the world's leading musicians who perform at this festival but also have performances across Montenegro and the region. In addition to the four appearances reserved for new talents, KotorArt offers a chance for those who have already played in the new venues and other formations, said the festival PR service.
The series of concerts dedicated to young people will be opened by the best students of the music school "Vida Matjan," scheduled for 15 July. It will be a representative concert of award-winning students at national and international competitions. The young and successful violinist Nastasja Vojinović, whose will to pursue brought her to the United States, will be featured on 19 July, while the trio, composed by Luka Perazic (violin), Kosta Popovic (cello) and Simo Šišević (piano) plays on 23 July.
All these young, talented artists are studying abroad - Luka Perazic attends the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London, while his colleague and friend Simo Šišević, after the Vasa Pavić Musical High School in Podgorica, is enrolled in the "Royal College of Music," also in London. Monday, 22 July, is reserved for the young and talented Tamara Rađenović (soprano).
“It is a great honor to perform at this prestigious festival in your country and among the world's top names. It is a great joy to sing in front of our audience. I did a solo concert a year ago in the Church of the Holy Spirit, and I enjoyed the wonderful acoustics and sharing emotions with the audience. There are beautiful memories on this stage because I won the Golden Lira at the 15th anniversary of the solo singing competition. Now I will perform with the renowned co-repetitor Đorđe Nešić, who lives and works in New York for 35 years. We will try to create a unique experience for the audience and do our best to let the audience enjoy it. Thank you very much for your invitation, and I wish you a successful festival," said Tamara Rađenović, a 20-year-old artist from Podgorica, who graduated last year at the London Royal College of Music. So far she has performed in 12 countries around the world. In addition to playing at Carnegie Hall, she will also have several solo concerts in Barclay, Hong Kong, and London.
We recall, at the 18th edition of the international festival KotorArt Don Branko’s Music Days, performs the world-renowned cello, Narek Hakhnazaryan, whose concert is scheduled for August 5 at the concert hall, Church of St. Spirit, beginning at 21.30h.
The KotorArt International Festival is held under the auspices of the Montenegrin Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Kotor with the help of numerous sponsors such as Luštica Bay, Coca Cola, and others.
31 Mar 2019, 13:00 PM

March 31, 2019 - The Social Democratic Party initiated the dismissal of the President of the Kotor Municipality, Vladimir Jokić, supported by the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Social Democrats (SD) and the Croatian Civic Initiative (HGI). SDP, among other things, claims that the Municipal President abused his authority and usurped the ingeniousness of the Kotor Municipal Assembly. About the political crisis in Kotor and the initiative for his dismissal, and about the Port of Kotor, the status of Kotor on the UNESCO list and the issuance of the key document for the area – Spatial Urban Plan of Kotor municipality, we spoke with Mayor Vladimir Jokić.

  • Your dismissal petitioners claim that you are abusing your powers and usurping the inherencies of the Municipality Assembly.  They accuse you of partitioning and making decisions that will cause long-term damage to Kotor. How do you comment?
The SDP in Kotor formalised its cooperation with DPS, SD and HGI, jointly signing for a proposal for my dismissal. I want to look at the political background to that. So, we have the situation that those who represented themselves as the opposition to DPS were the same who have ignored the fact that someone does not pay public money.  In such a situation they have come back to the embrace of their old partners for, I suppose, a new cup of drunkenness, this time of Kotor. When the entire Montenegrin opposition attempts to create unity, when we have tens of thousands of people every Saturday protesting peacefully in the streets of Podgorica against the regime, we have SDP, the party which was cooperating with DPS for almost 20 years, deciding to, with DPS, SD and HGI, submit an initiative for dismissing the president of the municipality. It cannot be interpreted differently than to overturn the electoral will of citizens. All political attempts to present it as an attempt to resign an individual are genuinely banal and do not deserve a comment. Even less possible is to comment on the allegations that are in public and listed in the dismissal initiative.
  • The SDP calls that you, embezzling the ingeniousness of the Assembly, made up to 14 illegal decisions.
It is a fascinating attitude of SDP, and it is almost unbelievable as long as these people go in their hypocrisy. Take the example of Kotor. When Maja Ćatović was elected President of the Municipality of Kotor in 2005, she signed the municipal budget of 31 March, referring to Article 58, now a famous Article 59 of the Local Self-Government Act, and her decision was supported by SDP three months later. You had had many decisions in Tivat, which, referring to the same article, brought the presidents of the municipality and subsequently confirmed the assembly, at moments when the SDP was part of that administration. We have such examples throughout Montenegro. And then the same SDP finds that I quote, "Jokic Force above Law and Citizens" because I made these 14 decisions.
  • The SDP argues that decisions are affecting the city's long-term damage. In a statement from 25 March, asking for your dismissal, the municipal committee of the party stressed that "it must stop self-determination in making vital decisions for the city that is damaging the durable goods of citizens and introducing the city into lawlessness." What are the decisions?
The assembly has not met, we all know the political reasons for this, and if we talk about legality - the question of political parties is whether the parliament will function, it is not within the competence of the municipal president. So, we have a crisis of power. During the crisis, we have a tourist season coming when we have public companies that cannot work without their business plans. At that point, as a municipal president, I have two options - to leave those companies blocked or to disband their work. Perhaps from the political side, it was much wiser that I kept everything blocked and shifted responsibility to political parties. As a responsible man doing an accountable job, my only logical option was to enable the smooth operation of these companies. I do not know if there is a need to mention that I have applied for such treatment by SDP officials. I have signed decisions on giving consent to the programs and plans of the Utility Company, Water Supply Company, Tourist Organization, Cultural Center, and Public Institution Museums. To be completely practical - if I did not sign a decision to give consent to the work program and the financial plan of the Water Supply Company, this company could not lawfully perform the supply of water to Grbalj, Krivošije and other parts of the municipality that do not have water during the summer. So that was an obligation. Also, I have made different decisions, such as placing some documents in a public hearing, which is "great unlawfulness." We had a choice to entrust the Port of Kotor with the parking area on the waterfront as a prerequisite for handing over the concessions on the Operational Coast in Kotor. What undoubtedly the most politically disadvantaged SDP are the shifts and the appointment of members of the boards of directors of public companies. We had the president of the Steering Committee of the Utility Company, for whom I was presented with proof that he had held sessions without a quorum, where he made decisions for his benefit. Within the framework of a coalition agreement, I asked coalition partners to nominate another person. Under that agreement, it is agreed that, if chosen persons meet the legal requirements, there is no room for intervention in these cases. Members of the board of directors are functions shared by constituents of one government. The parties have proposed their candidates; I have named them by the decisions in a regular procedure and accordance with Article 58 sent to the Assembly. At that point, we have two options - the assembly confirms these decisions, so that they continue to apply from the moment when I have made those decisions or that they have ceased to be valid since the assembly did not confirm them.
  • The fact is that one of the issues raised by the Kotor crisis is the question of the Port of Kotor. The first stumbling block was the election of the board of directors of this company in May last year.
During the formation of the administration in Kotor, we had a clear and publicly pronounced attitude of the Socialist People's Party (SNP) in Kotor that they sought the majority in the board of directors. Like other constituents of the coalition, we agreed to that. Based on such agreement I was elected president of the municipality, the president of local SDP was elected vice-president. From the same deal, three members of the SNP were appointed to the Board of Directors of Port of Kotor. It is my duty, as someone at the helm of this coalition, to respect the Coalition Agreement by which I was elected. Last May, for the first time, we had a situation in which the SDP did not want to vote for the members of the board of directors of the Port of Kotor with the request to nominate one member of the SDP. In this company, the Democratic Front has an executive director, SDP has a deputy executive director, a function that had not previously existed, but was introduced by new systematisation so that the SDP could exercise its control function in the Port of Kotor.
  • On the occasion of the Concession Agreement, the Government of Montenegro concluded with the Port of Kotor, and they are discussing the investment plans for port infrastructure publicly, which critics claim will further jeopardise the natural and cultural heritage of Boka Bay. The business plan is an integral part of the concession agreement, which you have supported at the extraordinary assembly of shareholders of the Port of Kotor, convened on this occasion for performing a single act without consultation with coalition partners.
Neither the business plan of the Port of Kotor nor any other step in the context of the concession was done overnight; this was a process that lasted in one joint stock company. We have the situation that the party that has a deputy executive director appears that they know nothing about anything. When it comes to consulting the Assembly, considering that it is necessary to be as transparent as possible, we are launching the practice of agreeing on how the representative of the municipality will declare at the Assembly of Shareholders of the Port of Kotor at the municipal assembly. Although, besides appointing members of the board of directors to the Port of Kotor, the president of the municipality has the right to represent the municipality autonomously at the assembly of shareholders. On 27 December last year, the Government of Montenegro issued a decision to hand over the concession over the operational coast of Kotor to the joint stock company Port of Kotor. The day after, 28 December, we had a meeting of the assembly in Kotor. At that session, the SDP congress chairperson congratulated citizens of Kotor for a concession, while deputy head of the executive director was sitting in front of her, with the deputy chairman. It is logical to assume that people in such important positions are informed.
In February, when we need to hold the Extraordinary Shareholders' Assembly of the Port to accept the Concession Agreement, appreciating the importance of this issue we want to keep the municipal assembly. We had three coalition meetings, and we were discussing the date and agenda of the Assembly Summit. We had a collegium of the president of the assembly, where the chairman of the SDP committee was participating. After that, we had a new coalition meeting to attend the authors of the Port of Kotor Business Plan to give the presidents of the parliamentary parties in Kotor the answers to every possible question and doubt. The SDP on that day refused to participate in that coalition meeting. We went to the assembly session, and ten minutes before that session came a letter in which the SDP warns that if there was any decision at that session, there was no longer a coalition majority in Kotor. Wishing to give room for additional conversations, I did not go to the extraordinary session of the shareholders' meeting. I used the statutory deadline of 15 days to convene a new session to reach a solution. However, you are also aware of the media and that the situation has become so tense that it was impossible to reach a consensus. As the president of the municipality, I was in a situation waiting for a session of shareholders to have as the president of the municipality authority under Article 58 of the Local Self-Government Act to represent the municipality at that session. I have three options - not to go to the session and let the minorities make the decision, to go and vote for the concession or against the concession. To vote against the concession, something I have been arguing since the beginning of the mandate, which is part of my party's programming affiliation, which, in my opinion, is currently the most significant interest of this city, was not taken into consideration. To allow minority shareholders to decide on something that is in the majority ownership of the town as long as I was in the forefront of that town - that was also out of the question.
In assessing the political moment, I went to the shareholders' meeting and set up the management of Port of Kotor and the author of the business plan and every question that the representatives of the political constituents who made the coalition set and questioned. I have also asked questions that were of my interest to UNESCO. In addition, I have asked the board of directors that if the Concession Contract, and thus the business plan of the Port of Kotor, is adopted, immediately convene an extraordinary meeting and conclude the executive director that at the time of signing the contract, when the plan becomes an official document, to the revision of UNESCO. After getting answers that, in my opinion, satisfied all that implies a serious approach to this topic, and knowing what the consequence of not declaring such a decision was, I had no dilemma to support the contract. Without prejudice to this decision, the Port of Kotor loses the right to manage their coast. The possibility is open for the Montenegrin Government to launch an international tender that would probably have come from a better bidder than the Port of Kotor. There is another thing that is almost unproblematic in public. You have already contracted over 500 cruising arrivals for this, and over 470 for the next year. The decision of the Government states that the concession of Port of Kotor continues until the concession decision is made. The decision that you are against means that from now on you have no concession. Who is ready to take responsibility for the city's damage to the fact that in the next 12 years it does not ask for its operational coast, to allow the possibility of a foreign company running the port of Kotor?! Finally, who can let a company that is in the majority ownership of the city to be held responsible for potential claims for more than 500 cruising arrivals contracted for this and over 470 for the next year?! The very fact that the local enterprise will continue to keep the archers in Kotor and preserve the possibility of only deciding how many cruises and under what conditions it will be sufficient for ourselves and that the balance of this company will be zero. In the next 12 years, we will invest almost five million euros, the value of the company is up by about 4 million euros, and in the most conservative scenario, we will earn approximately six million euros. I still have not found any argument to convince me that I made the wrong decision.
  • Political disagreements over the concession over the Operational Coast of Kotor in the public space have opened discussions on topics such as the carrying capacity of the destination, the ecological effects of capacity building of the Port of Kotor, but also the orientation of tourism development of the city, today the primary target for excursions. Are citizens scared because the development plan of Port of Kotor will further increase the pressure on the city and the way of life of citizens?
Sorting out some things is necessary. By acquiring a concession, we have retained the right to manage our destination. Destination management is the biggest challenge of all cultural tourism destinations that are on cruise lines. Since the election of the president of the municipality, I am very concerned about it. We had a session in Kotor of the World Heritage City Organization, which together with the Mayor of Dubrovnik I proposed this topic. After that, they had a meeting in Rhodes in Greece, and soon we will meet in Cracow, at the summit of the World Heritage Cities Organizations, where we will discuss how the cruising industry affects the cities of world heritage. Do I think it is good that we have too many ships - I do not think so, and if I think it is good that we have cruise tourism - it is okay if we manage to conduct it. From all the cruise ports, we can first compare ourselves to Dubrovnik, which has significantly reduced the pressure on the city via Respect to the City platform. The platform's point is to make the layout of the cruise arrivals and the arrangement of bus arrivals so that they are dispersed throughout the day so that pressure is not pressed at once. In this way, you provide a good experience for the guests who are coming, which is why they may want to return, have less pressure on the public infrastructure, and most importantly, you are reducing the stress on the life of the local population. It's a process that does not happen overnight, but we will go in that direction.
I would much prefer that Kotor is the destination of stationary tourism, that we have several big hotels and we are based on the development of tourism, and that we have guests who stay for a few days. But we do not have enough to carry the city's economic activity. In that sense, I will return to the concession issue. We will be able to manage this destination, manage future arrivals, reservations, how ships will be tied, decide whether to introduce ecological tenders, and how the city will look. In addition to this fact, every other benefit is small. And it is not without them. With such a way of controlling the Port of Kotor, you can create a "home port"- the port where it is from and where it ends the round trip. You will make a city where you will have tourists. You will have three thousand guests who need to board in Kotor. These people do not come that morning to board the cruiser in Kotor. They come two to three days earlier, which they spend on hotels and the city. The wish of every cruise destination in the world is to be a "home port". We already have the announcement for the next year that we will have a ship that will start its round trip in Kotor. If someone thinks the city of Kotor can develop in a way to free cruise tourism, to do it today for tomorrow, he is delusional.
  • Kotor is on the move to finally get the Urban Spatial Plan, whose overturning backdrop for years has been an argument for numerous devastations of the cultural landscape of the protected area of Kotor. The Urban Spatial Plan is undoubtedly a primary development document, but it should also be a guarantee of preserving the natural and cultural values of the space that has been significantly compromised in recent decades. Will this document incorporate in detail the requirements set out in the UNESCO / ICOMOS Joint Reactive Mission Report?
At the moment when I was elected president of the Kotor Municipality, in March 2017, the biggest problem of Kotor was its survival on the UNESCO list. It was a hard position, and in that sense, there is a challenging period behind us. I can also say that during this process I personally "earned" several criminal charges for not issuing building permits in Kostanjica, because of a property in Verige and so on. However, by the persistent work of local self-government and in cooperation with state bodies, I have to praise the collaboration we have recently managed to establish with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism in the process of adopting the Urban Spatial Plan of the Kotor Municipality, which has given the result. What I specifically have to emphasise is the contribution of the Secretary-General of the Commission for Cooperation with the UNESCO Committee, Mrs Milica Nikolic, and the Montenegrin Ambassador to UNESCO, Mrs Dragica Ponorac, who gave an impudent contribution, especially Mrs Nikolic. From the situation that we are in danger of being deleted from the World Heritage List, we came to the position that we had a visit to the UNESCO / ICOMOS Reactive Mission, to receive the report of this mission, and that next Thursday the Montenegrin Government will adopt the Draft Urban Spatial Plan of Kotor. Of the 33 recommendations given in the Reactive Mission Report, 32 have been entered in this plan. The adopted Draft goes to the World Heritage Center to have an opinion on the proposed document.
I think we have made a very significant civilisation breakthrough in a way that we decided to belong to the society of civilised peoples. It means that we have determined to keep our space and not ruin what the world has entrusted us to hold for the quick profit of offshore companies but to save something for our children. What is certain is that such activities are affected by enormous financial interests. Perhaps it is where we can find the reasons for this kind of political situation today in Kotor. On behalf of your team and in my name I can say that the preservation of Kotor and the preservation on the UNESCO list and the concession for the Port of Kotor, although they are two topics that have obviously caused the most significant turbulence at this time, are the biggest achievements of this city over the past three decades. These two things set the foundation for the development of Kotor in the next decade. Everyone coming here will be able to count on developing the city on these facts, being compelled to civilise norms, and will have a big business that can rely on that development. As the municipal president, and as a politician, I could choose the path that would guarantee me four years of a peaceful mandate. You testified that the previous two and a half years were all apart from the quiet, especially the last half of the year. I do not think I need to explain that this administration and the team that leads the city's interest assumes all the other interests. As a man, I can say that I am much more satisfied that I am in peace with myself than with the rest of the world. The preservation of Kotor on the UNESCO list and the concession over the coast of Kotor are acts that will show their significance in the future.
28 Mar 2019, 13:57 PM

March 28, 2019 - "Most tourists coming to Kotor are from the UK, Russia, the region, France, Germany, and the USA," the director of Tourist Organisation of Kotor Ana Nives Radovic told Radio Kotor.

She states that Kotor and Montenegro have become more recognizable destinations and engaging in those markets that have not been promoted so far.
"In the past year, when we look at the statistical data, we see that there is almost no country or end of the world from which tourists did not come to Kotor, thanks to the broader promotion of the region in markets like the Chinese. It is a tourist product that jointly offers Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. Thanks to this and the individual work of the national tourism organizations of all these countries and the local tourist organizations, especially the coastal towns, we have managed to become more visible in the new markets," Radovic said.
According to her, the quality and content of the tourist offer depend on numerous subjects, above all, of what they offer in urban and economic infrastructure, as well as the cultural and historical features of the destination.
Radovic points out that Kotor bases its tourist offer mainly on cultural tourism.
"We do not have a dominant type of tourist to whom we can devote ourselves in the promotional sense, nor do we invite only one group of tourists in promotional activities. Campaigns for this and next year are mostly tailored to family travel, especially to people who come with small children because we have the greatest interest in markets in Western Europe, the United States and Canada. There are special features that are interesting to them. These are the most valuable tourists who do not belong to the domain of luxury tourism. It is not about those who have special requirements but are about the guests who want to have a pleasant vacation and spend money on everything they and their children are interested in," explains Radovic, citing that a good part of the tourism industry adapts to those requirements.
According to her, the promotion of Kotor in foreign markets has also contributed to the cooperation of TO Kotor with media like National Geographic and Family Traveler, a highly influential British tourist media.
"A campaign that started in the UK in February this year, we will continue in March, and will be promoted in the coming months," says Radovic. Kotor is also an exciting destination for weddings or honeymoons. "What is certainly missing is at least one large hotel room that could offer space for such gatherings throughout the year." 
There is also a great interest for congress tourism.
"Only in the future, with the acquisition of some of the larger capacities and certain content, there will be conditions for Kotor on the map of the destination of congress tourism, which is very significant and lasts 12 months. With congress tourism, we make the difference between the pre-season and the post-season less visible, that is, we encourage an increasing number of tourists to be active throughout the year and offer content that would, above all, make the city live from tourism in the winter months," explains Radovic.
Recall, Kotor was on the list of the best destinations in the world last year and was nominated again this year. Foreign journalists, bloggers and photo reporters positively evaluate the panorama of Kotor, and extraordinarily natural and cultural heritage available in a tiny area.
Source: Radio Kotor
27 Mar 2019, 15:10 PM

In Kotor, at the 18th KotorArt Don Branko Days of Music, arrives a world-renowned cellist, Narek Hakhnazaryan. The concert is scheduled for August 5th in the concert hall at the Church of St. Spirit, starting at 9.30 pm.

A limited amount of tickets are on pre-sale at discounted prices. They can be purchased online via www.gigstix.com or physically throughout Montenegro at the selected Tobacco S Press kiosks. A detailed overview of the locations can be found at www.gigstix.me.

Born in the family of musicians, he began his education in his native Yerevan (Armenia), and continued at the Conservatory in Moscow and the New England Music Conservatory in Boston. He learnt how to play the cello also by the famous Mstislav Rostropovič, whose foundation provided him with the scholarship. He entered the international scene in 2011, when he won, as a 22-year-old, at the 14th International Competition “Tchaikovsky”.

"It is our great pleasure to start presenting artists for this year's Festival. The program that will be implemented in July and August was mostly agreed during the previous year, and early contracting and presentation of the program is a practice and standard for the manifestations of our profile in Europe and critical not only from the aspect of culture but also tourist offer. Among other things, this is also evidenced by the recent acknowledgment by KotorArt: EFFE Label - the European Quality Seal for Art Festivals as well as the "Wild Beauty" awards for the best manifestation in Montenegro for 2018. Narek Hakhnazaryan is an outstanding artist, with incredible energy and musicality, whose solo recital on the cello of the works by J. S. Bach, which is rarely heard, we are all eagerly waiting. His concert will be a kind of culmination of the entire Kotor concert season, which from November to June in our city is organized by KotorArt and the Music School "Vida Matjan", and which this year is dedicated to the cello," said Sara Lakicevic, PR of the Festival.

Narek Hakhnazaryan

Hakhnazaryan has played with world orchestras such as the London, Chicago, Detroit, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam, Seoul, Helsinki and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Marinski Theater Orchestra and the Milan Scala, establishing a cooperation with conductors such as Gergiev, Jarvi, Spivakov, Pletnev, Robertson et al. He held recitals in the world's leading halls and plays the cello, which was built in 1707 by Joseph Guarneri. This will be his first visit to Montenegro.

This year's KotorArt Festival Don Branko Days of Music will be realized under the auspices of Kotor Municipality and the Ministry of Culture as well as with the help of numerous sponsors.

Text by M.D., on March 26th 2019, read more at CdM

27 Mar 2019, 00:18 AM

27 March 2019 - There are many reasons why you'd want to visit Montenegro, the most beautiful coastline, dramatic history, the mountains that rear up to meet the sea and a crystal clear bay. Still, this country has recently worked on significant improvements in the number and quality of hotels, so now is a great time to visit this Mediterranean gem and enjoy the luxury that leads to a perfect holiday.

According to the recent data published by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the number of hotels in Montenegro in 2018 increased by 25.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism stated that the newly opened facilities that have 1985 units in total are mostly luxury high-class hotels.

Within the reports by the Ministry, it is explained that six new hotels built in 2018 have a service that meets five star standards and nine hotels have four stars. In the total number of new hotels, 24% of all units meet the requirements of five-star services, and 36% meet those of the four-star hotels.

"The number of beds in five-star hotels is 50,48 per cent of the total unit number, and the beds in four-star hotels make up 21 per cent of the total number of beds in hotels that started working in 2018," the Ministry's document said.

The newly opened hotels include Perla Residence (Podgorica), Hotel Rivijera – Iberostar (Herceg Novi), Hotel Jadran – Iberostar (Perast), Hotel Holliday Village Montenegro (Ulcinj), Hotel Chedi – Luštica Bay (Tivat) and Hotel Lazaret (Herceg Novi).

Furthermore, when it comes to the categories that foreign tourists at the global level mostly look for in Montenegro, eight hotels have three stars and two facilities have two stars.

The Ministry believes that the growth of the structure of accommodation capacities of high category, as the most important segment of the tourist product, has been particularly contributed by numerous stimulus measures.

These stimulus measures include the abolition of the obligation to pay utility bills for building a four and five star hotel, reducing annual real estate tax to 30 per cent for hotels with four stars, reducing annual real estate tax up to 70 per cent for five-star hotels in priority tourist sites, and lifting the obligation to pay an import VAT for products and services related to the construction of five-star hotels and a low VAT rate of only 7 per cent for hotel accommodation.

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