Cetinje – Karic, which, as local people like to point out, “Montenegrin rulers chose for their winter home”, since few days ago it can give to those who love nature complete pleasure. Amazing blend of stone hills and green lake, of wild colorful shrubbery and diverse fauna from now on will attract even more both the tourists and people who live there. With the financial support of USAID, IRD has terminated the regional project in the service of promotion of rural tourism in the area of three villages of Old Montenegro: Katunsko, Ljesansko, and Rijecko village.
Though the area of the villages represents an authentic, natural eco-tourist potential so far it hasn’t been used enough mostly because of the lack of organized approach and efforts to animate the tourists and the visitors.
Because of the lack of money, potential tourist destinations didn’t have the necessary infrastructure and gear so the existing resources of the region of the Old Montenegro, including the old houses, and traditional cuisine, wine cellars, paths, sightseeing places, and ambience households weren’t adequately presented in tourist purposes. Carrying out of this project and procuring of the gear (motor boats, furniture, bicycles, refrigerators, and bus for tourist tours) have helped for the conditions for promotion of tourist offer and services through organization of excursions, cultural – information and wine tours, to be created. The development of rural tourism will stir the total economic development of this area valorizing the domestic production and preservation of the natural resources of villages including them in the total tourist offer of Montenegro.
It took more than 120.000 dollars to carry out this project, of which American people through USAID provided more than half of the money, Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water business has given about 20.000 dollars, and the Association of vine growers from the villages (Section Agro tourism) gave 35.000 dollars.
On the formal ceremony of the termination of the project, charge d’affiars in the American embassy Marsha E. Burns said that with this project foreigners who have the chance to stay for a few days in Montenegro would soon realize that Montenegro has many beautiful places apart from the coast. She said that the project Agro tourism in villages is a perfect combination of private and public work as well as that the Government of USA is very pleased that it had the opportunity to help the development of Montenegrin tourism, as a key component of its economy.
– I hope that this project will encourage as many visitors to come and to see this place and in such way get the chance to taste the “heart” of Montenegro – said Burns.
Chief of the mission of IRD Predrag Jankovic expressed his pleasure because of the fact that such a regional project, which is in the service of promotion of rural tourism, has been carried out. He said that in that way in the area of three villages of Old Montenegro better conditions for economic development would be created.
Assistant of the minister for the section of forestry Milosac Andjelic said that this is a very significant project for three villages, from several aspects, and especially from the aspect of development of agriculture and tourism. He said that those are just first steps towards the revitalization of that area which will condition the return of people, most of all, to nature.
– I hope that young people will try to sell from their threshold this rare product which in the territory of Balkans doesn’t exist – said Andjelic.
We have included about 15 village households which in every moment can provide the necessary hospitality to tourists and funs of nature, and we will employ 16 season workers five months during the year.
VINE GROWERS ARE EXPECTING A RENASCENCE
Representatives of the Association of vine growers Nikola Sofranac and Borislav Pejovic have expressed the expectation that the carrying out of this project will stir the development of tourism in villages and will stir some new investments. Pejovic, who at the same time is the author of the project, said that it is very important to point out that the project covers, for that area, a very big surface of 800 square kilometers. He said that beside the tourist and economic significance this project has a social dimension.
– 20 years ago this area has over 20.000 citizens and today it has about 5.000. I believe that this project will encourage young people to come back and to invest in this place – said Pejovic.