The biggest problems are – trash, lack of clean and water for drinking, as well as parking places, wild construction, crowd on beaches in July and August and noise.
Podgorica – Montenegro, despite big success, which it had in the previous years, is still not a competitive tourist destination – noted yesterday one of the creators of Master plan for development of that area Johan Friedrich Engel.On a meeting of the representatives of Ministry of tourism and protection of environment and international organizations which are included in the realization of the projects whose goals are promotion in those areas, noted that Montenegro after the first success is to face a harder phase, in which it should adjust its offer to the demands of the tourists.
Presenting the results of innovation of six years ago adopted Master plan, Engel said that he is fascinated with the fact that the public in Montenegro is aware of greatest problems in the development of tourism – dirt, lack of clean and water for drinking, as well as of parking spaces, wild construction, crowds on the beaches in July and August and noise.
The goal of Montenegro, according to his words, should be the improvement of tourist offer, in order for the incomes and employment to become larger, and in order to create better conditions of life and sustainability.
– The quality is based on sustainability, profitability for citizens and the state and pleased guest – states Engel.
The focus in the future development, as he added, should be a development of destinations in the continental part of the country, with the analysis of competitive products, and main target groups are mountain climbers, divers, and tourists who are interested in wellness, culture, nature, sailing, sport or health.
Engels thinks that the Government can no longer tolerate the greyu tourist market, reminding that it is spoken officially about 6 millions of overnight stays per year, while the estimates go between figures of 14 and 15 millions overnight stays.
He suggests the increase of the income from tourism for investments, c control of taxes, fees and contributes, decrease of the pressure of tourists in July and August, and extending of the season.
It is estimated that almost every fifth of 300.000 Montenegrin tourist beds belongs to the grey market, and only 13% belong to hotels. The majority of hotel beds is in the facilities with just two stars, which the competitive tourist destinations no longer take into consideration, and on the north there are only 1, 7 thousands of them.
The records show that only 12 Montenegrin hotels has an indoor pool, 6 of them has wellness center, 17 have tennis terrains, and 33 conference halls. With that, almost three quarters of foreign tourists are coming from the countries of former Yugoslavia, only 18% from the states of the EU, and 9% from Russia.
Minister of tourism and protection of environment Predrag Nenzic noted that it is very important that the donor’s sources and projects are brought into agreement.
– Priorities for the future are innovation of the master plan of development of tourism, and based on it, the accordance of the project which we wish to carry out and for which we need the sources and technical aid of donor community. In the same way we should point out on the fact that the focus of the strategy in the following period in the north and central part of the country, regions of Bjelasica, Durmitor, Prokletije, and Hajla, the areas of which we need to take care more, as well as on the area of brand of Montenegro – said Nenezic.
Nenezic marked that already a lot has been done, as well as that especially visible are the effects of the orientation towards eco tourism, but that also thee are still more large projects in that field and development of Montenegro as a paradise for biking and mountain climbing.
The donors in the previous years, he said, have invested more than 20 millions of euros in tourist projects on the coast and on the north of Montenegro, and the majority of them was pretty well brought into accordance in order to avoid spending of twice as much money, time, and effort.