Tivat – Nautical tourism in Montenegro last year experienced real expansion despite the fact that apart in Bar, Montenegro littoral currently has no serious capacities in marinas for accepting yachts and other tourist boats.
Offers for those who wish to spend their vacation at sea in full meaning of the word, enjoying in taming of waves with sails and pitching of vessel on waves, gradually is enriched and its main part – hiring of so called charter yacht gradually expands. Priority of that kind of tourism are numerous – guests are not tied to one place or hotel, have privacy, can visit many small and hidden beaches…As at hiring of boat as rule you hire also experienced skipper, guests can in full take to enjoy combining cruise, swimming, diving, water sports, visit to old coastal towns and attractive bays.
Although, at first sight, price of charter of a yacht seems high, when shared to number of passengers that boat can came aboard it comes that most, even our citizens whose standard is not at an exquisite level, can afford that attractive way of vacation.
-Although Montenegro for small coast that with motor yacht can be visited for one day it is not the most plausible destination for development of charter. This segment in nautical tourism here for the moment is operating quite well. The rate of growth is not so marked as in other parts of nautical tourist business where we mark from year to year growth of 20 to 30%. Considering its geographic position and vicinity of attractive destinations for nautical tourism such as Croatia and Greece and still affordable prices, Montenegro is the best position for base of charter – boats and yachts in general when it is in question region of Southeast Europe – says one of the most knower of circumstances of nautical tourism and offer of Montenegro, owner of company OMC and marina “Sveti Nikola” at Bar Miso Ostojic.
Under slogan “Sail in daily life, culture and nature that surrounds you”, “Sveti Nikola” at the moment offers to tourists 20 sailing boats and motor yachts for charter that their owners by company OMC give at disposal to charters in that manner by income of charter, cover part of fix costs of keeping and exploitation of their boats. Scope of offer is from sailing boat “Amon”, eight meter long whose daily charter is 120 and weekly 750 EUR up to 25 meters luxurious motor yacht of type “Azimut 80” in wich one can enjoy for five and a half EUR daily.
-Most of our clients who charter yachts are foreigners and apart visit of Montenegrin coast our charter boats the most common sail to Croatian and Greek Islands – stress Ostojic and adds that recently in charter business at Montenegrin littoral through their companies that are registered more often enter also specialized nautical companies from abroad, mainly from Croatia that have at disposal large capacities of boats for charter.
The most important new thing when we talk on Montenegro nautical tourist offer is appearance of new company “Montenegro charter company” (MCC) from Podgorica that has base of their boats for charter has in Kotor. For this season MCC to interested offers fleet of six sailing boats and one motor yacht. All these boats are new, built in 2006 in famous shipyards as French “Nautiteh” and “Zino”, and Slovenian “Elan”, luxuriously equipped and lead by hand of experienced skippers, and offering to its users full comfort and safety at sea.
-All our boats can sail to Greece, Italy and Croatia. As far as this season is concerned we are pretty satisfied with level of interest of foreign clients for our fleet and generally for sailing in Montenegro – said manager at MCC Jelena Cadjenovic.
According her words the largest part of clients of MCC are foreigners predominantly Britsh, Austrians and tourists from Czech Republic and yachts are chartered for one or more weeks from Saturday to Saturday and guests for that time usually visit all coast.
-In last time there are more our citizens interested in charter of yachts for we offered discount of 20 for July and for August 15% in respect to standard prices – said Cadjenovic, adding that basic price of one week charter of boat from feet MCC in this period is from 2280 EUR for the cheapest “Elan 344” to 12240 EUR for luxurious motor yacht “Janneau Prestige 46”.
Depending on size at these boats in full comfort can stay six to 12 passengers so the price becomes affordable when shared with number of persons using the boat.
-Although in Montenegro there are chartering of yachts without paying tax to the state we for the time being do not feel pressure of that kind of competition for we operate at completely different way, custom in countries that have considerable developed nautical tourist offer from that in Montenegro. Most of our clients are from abroad, booking is done by foreign agencies specialized in this kind of tourism, we cooperate with excellent business partners and we try that at maximum take to market with quality of our offer and service – concluded Cadjenovic.