June 11, 2020 - In Kotor this year, they do not expect a large number of visitors or great business results. The director of the local TO, Ana Nives Radović, says that it will be good if there are visits at all and if the tourist economy has reasons to function.
Radović does not expect much from the campaign of the National Tourist Organization "Summer at Home" in the city because, as she added, domestic guests and guests from the region want a vacation on the beaches. This year, she expects more significant income from the post-season, although she says that it will be what Kotor has had so far during the winter.
Radović said on the morning program of RTCG that there are many reasons why Kotor cannot expect significant income from tourism this year.
- It will be good if there are visits and if the tourist economy has reasons to function. Many service providers are thinking of taking a break from work this year because profitability is not on their side - said Radović.
As for the post-season, the results could be a little better, because the interest in excursion tourism is generally most significant at that time of year.
- This year, due to numerous recommendations from the World Health Organization and the way they travel in general, we do not expect more attendance because of a different arrival policy, both when it comes to cruise guests and arrivals by plane. Numerous factors determine the sustainability of tourist and hospitality activities and the profitability of their business - said Radović.
This year in September and October, Kotor can hope for the tourist traffic that the city generates typically during the winter months.
They do not expect much from the "Summer at Home" campaign in that city because, as Radović said, domestic guests are fewest in Kotor.
- Kotor is attractive for sightseeing, but our people want beaches and similar attractions so Kotor can be interesting for day trips. There are no longer reservations for guests from Montenegro. We expect a visit to restaurants and one-day trips, but we do not expect significant income from the 'Summer at Home' campaign - Radović pointed out.
- Tourists and excursion tax as our primary sources of financing will not be in a single-digit percentage compared to the previous period. Therefore, we will turn to project activities and everything that burdened the city's infrastructure. We will take much more care to be an 'eco-friendly' destination and first carry out projects to protect biodiversity, promote natural and cultural heritage, and provide money from European funds that have not been available to us so far - Radović added.
Financial expert Ana Nives Radović does not expect a more visible recovery of the tourism industry in under five years.
Source: Boka News