Budva – Next year will be marked by mass return of Austrian guests to Montenegrin coast and only in five weeks of April and May Budva will visit 10000 pensioners from that state. Preparation for arrival of Austrian guests are at large and pensioners from that European state will be accommodated in five elite Becici hotels where for that period are booked total of 1000 rooms.
Budva agency “Moteja Globtour” made exclusive contract with agency of Alliance of pensioners of Austria “Senioren Reisen”, that predicts that during April and beginning of May in two next years in Montenegro arrive total of 20000 Austrian pensioners.
The contract assumes that 2000 Austrians weekly rest in Montenegro and beside Austrian pensioners program assumes visits of representatives of leading printed and TV media and arrival of VIP groups.
According words of general manager of “Senioren reisen” Oto Spel, alliance seeks each year new countries where they could take their members.
-Montenegro now has renown hotels that meet standards and where we can accommodate that number of guests. Already for four years there are negotiations with Budva agency “Montej Globtour” that had idea that our annual gatherings organized right in Montenegro. Now you reached that level of quality and you have enough high quality hotels – said Spel for “LJETO”.
He reminded that Austria has eight million inhabitants of which number 1.8 million are pensioners.
-Of that number of pensioners 380000 are members of Austrian pension alliance. Alliance exist more than 50 years as representative of interests of older generation. Alliance opened its own tourist agency “Senioren reisen” owned by alliance. We make exclusively arrangements and organization of traveling for pensioners. Already for 30 years we organize travels and in next year Montenegro is new destination where will rest our members. Next year we will bring 10000 our members as we expect in 2008. Groups are of 2000 pensioners weekly, the first group arrive on April 4, and the last fifth group is at vacation from May 2, to 9, of next year – said Spel.
He added that such travels they call happenings for in a short period at one place gathers large number of people.
Gatherings of our members we had this year in Greece and Bulgaria. Next year these are Montenegro and Spain. Austria has nine Republics and next year to Montenegro will arrive guests from four of them. In 2008 will arrive guests from rest five Republics. Each Tuesday are planed flights and I hope that on April 4, first charter planes will land at Tivat airport and 12 hours later we will have in Montenegro 2000 guests. We expect to make 70000 nights in Becici hotels during April and the first week of May – stressed Spel and added that each guest leaves 150 EUR in destination where rests that means that outboard will be spent around 150000 EUR.
Guests will be accommodated in Becici hotels “Iberostar Belvi”, “Montenegro”,”The Queen of Montenegro”, “Mediteran” and “Splendid”. Menu is already set for each single day that must be similar in all hotels. For organization of trips will be hired 45 busses and 45 guides daily, who will lead Austrian guests while in their media started campaign on Montenegro. With guests will arrive journalists that will follow rest of pensioners and stories will be broadcast at prestigious TV and radio stations.
Average age 70 years
It is interesting that guests will on average be of 70 years of age, the oldest is 95 and the youngest is 60 and 70% are women.
According words of Spel guests will be taken care by two doctors and two nurses that will arrive with them.
-All 10000 guests are insured. We chartered special plane for pensioners in case someone gets sick if here in Montenegro can not get adequate Medical help. The plane will be stationed in Insbruk, where is stationed Austrian hospital fleet of five planes and at call will fly to Tivat airport. In the plane there are places for 40 sick – said Spel.
Radunovic: We made preparations four years
Owner of “Moteja Globtour” Mira Radunovic said that agency already for four years prepared for such arrangement.
-This is the largest group of Austrian guests that ever came to Montenegro. The condition for arrival was that we have enough quality capacities. By renovating hotels at Becici such conditions occurred and now we have 1000 rooms necessary for accommodation of such large group. Our offer is related to packed arrangement that beside accommodation with full board in hotels of high category includes four trips one all day and three half day as well as cultural manifestations that will take place once a week, so called welcoming party – said Radunovic.
According her words a large support agency had from Ministry of tourism, tourist organization of Montenegro and Budva, as well as from Municipality of Budva that made body that will follow realization of this arrangement.