Podgorica – Physical traits of the soil, stability of Government and good leadership in Montenegro indicate that the country could have a long term and quality development of tourism – noted Gerald Burton, the chairman of the American company Landmark land, one of the leading ones in the area of construction of golf terrains and accompanying contents.
The representatives of the company will consider the possibility to construct in Montenegro golf terrains and accompanying contents, comfortable houses in which their owners would come during the winter to rest and play golf, as well as the so-called “condominiums”, the apartments or smaller buildings, which are the ownership of several persons.
– We are in Montenegro, of which people with whom we cooperated with in America spoke us about, for the first time. To tell you the truth, we did that not so gladly. We are impressed – said Gerald Burton for “Vijesti” who with his associates was in a two – day visit to Montenegro, and yesterday the minister of tourism Predrag Nenezic received them.
His soon and the vice resident of the Landmarks, Douglas Burton says that they are impressed with the physical beauty of Montenegro which they have seen from the helicopter, but also with the people from Government who presented them the possible locations for the construction of golf terrains and accompanying facilities.
Gerald Burton says that the vision of the people from the Montenegrin Government that natural environment should be protected has made a great impression on him, which, as he says, is also in the philosophy of Landmark.
– The beauty is one of the things that bring people, tourists. But, it happens that a lot of people come and ruin the beauty, which has brought them in the first place. We are very careful in the protection of the environment and we have seen that the Government of Montenegro, which is not usual, is looking for the protection of the environment. Also, I think that we share the vision about the development of the high quality tourism, which would be a recognizing mark for the entire state – says Gerald Burton.
He agrees that the development of tourism could be jeopardized by too great construction and piling of buildings on the shore, on which many experts directs their attention, and of which potential investors have fear from.
– I think that they should be afraid. That is always a threat. The Government should be very careful, and I think that it is. That is one of the things which have impressed me the most in the Government – says Gerald Burton.
Douglas stressed the importance of good planning of the space.
According to his words, the entire Montenegrin shore is an interesting place for the construction of golf terrains.
– We are looking for big parcels, but also the soil which has certain characteristics – says Douglas. His father adds that, if they indeed should build in Montenegro their clientele will probably be from the countries from the North of Europe, from Scandinavia, in which golf is played for a hundred of years.
– Our clients mostly want a place where they can play golf during the winter, to be outside and that they fell warm, and that they are secure both personally and financially. The fact is that in your country the usage of euro is a great advantage – says Gerald Burton.
As an advantage Douglas notes the fact that people in Montenegro are kind and a lot of them speak English language. He made a joke about that on the expense of his countrymen: A man who speaks three languages you call a three lingual, the man who speaks two languages a bilingual, and the man who speaks only one language you call – American!
Douglas Burton has pointed out that the attraction of the investors such as Adrian Zeka from Aman resorts is a good signal for all others and that that gives them confidence in the possibility of developing of business. Landmark is a company which was founded 35 years ago, and which owns 21 golf terrain in USA, Ireland, Spain, Caribbean islands of which three of them are on the list of ten best golf terrains in the world.