Podgorica – Since the acceptance of the Master plan of the development of tourism of Montenegro in 2001 a lot has been done, but the unplanned construction, trash, bad roads and gray economy are still the biggest problems in the development of the main economic branch of now independent state – pointed out yesterday the author of the first Master plan Johan Fridrich Engel.
On a yesterday’s meeting dedicated to innovation of that strategic document, which Montenegrin Government has been making with the support of the German Government through the engagement of the German development investment fund (DEG), and the German association for technical cooperation (GTZ) he pointed out that the present problems in the tourism are related to the key modifier of the future of Montenegro – sustainable development.
– The goal of the Master plan is the enhancement of the offer, of living standard, opening of the new working places, with a precondition that all of that is done in an sustainable way and without the violation of the environment. We must not become the slaves of the market. The present problems are exactly related to the sustainable development. In that sphere there are a lot of conflicts, mostly in construction and usage of the land. Beside that, even though the capacities of the hotels are now much better, the reality is that the illegal accommodation takes 41% of the total accommodation capacities. The statistics shows that last year we had around 6 millions of overnight stays, and the reality is, based on the spent water, electricity and similar things, that that figure is 14 to 15 millions. The beaches were too full, municipalities can not handle that much garbage, then we have problem with the parking, as well as with the illegitimate construction which is drastically changing the landscape. According to the MP from the year 2001, almost 95% of tourism occurs on the beach. The “islands” need to be created around the most famous places such as Durmitor, Bjelasica, and national parks. There are a lot of religious object for which a way should be found to include them in the tourist offer – said Engel.
He especially pointed out the problem of the roads, mentioning that his team anonymously, presenting themselves as tourists, traveled through Montenegro and marked the present condition of the roads.
– When you leave the towns you see the fascinating landscape, but the condition of the roads is like that that you are scared to stop and take a picture. Even if you dare to stop you will see the garbage – said Engel and announced that the revision of the Master plan will be done in 5 stages and will include 10 workshops, of which the first one starts on the 1st of February.
Reminding that on the occasion of acceptance of the Master plan 5 years ago everything started from zero, minister of tourism and protection of environment, Predrag Nenezic said that the great results were achieved, but that the “potentials are from being fully used”.
– Master plan of the development of the tourism until the year 2020 was adopted in November 2001. First incomes from the tourism were 113 millions of euros, with 3, 6 millions of overnight stays, and that year there were 20 millions of investments, in order for us to have in the year 2006, 322 millions of euros of income, 6 millions of overnight stays and 125 millions of investments. After five years of application we have decided to revise the strategic documents, having in mind the intensive changes in tourism and global trends – said Nenezic.
He announced that in the revision of the Master plan they will include the civil sector, representatives of the economy, banking, construction, traffic, agriculture and trade.
CAREFUL WITH THE REAL ESTATES
The director of DEG Franc Josef Flosbach said that his institution will provide the money for the development of the infrastructure, hotels, production and private initiative.
– I have to congratulate on the results that have been achieved in only 5 years. Independent Montenegro has to have more responsibility in the protection of the environment, control of construction, and has to fight against the uncontrolled sale of the real estates. It is necessary to invest in the human resources and infrastructure in order for the season to last throughout the whole year, and not only during the summer – said Flosbach