Podgorica/Scepan Polje – Training for raft leaders, in organization of Center for expert education and under auspices of program of United Nations for development (UNDP) was held from 13th to 20th May at Scepan Polje in camp Sastavci and license received 15 rafters.
Rafters were trained by experts from Slovenia and Montenegro in fields of protection of environment, first aid, life guarding, rowing, communication with tourists and solving conflict situations. Training was made according to standards of International Rafting Federation and adequate conditions of rafting at rivers of Montenegro.
In the commission for taking exams were representatives of Ministry of maritime and traffic, Port captain of Bar, Ministry of work and social security and Center for expert education.
Coordinator for tourism and entrepreneurship of Office of UNDP Tomica Paovic said that rafters showed exquisite level of knowledge and skills.
-In seriousness of training and competence of examiners were convinced also representatives of several NGO that followed training – said Paovic.
Training of rafters should contribute to better quality of service, boosting of entrepreneurship and increase of income for according Paovic, only in borders of NP “Durmitors” over 3000 tourists used services of rafters in 2005 and between 12 and 15 thousand tourists that last year rafted all long Tara River made directly or indirectly over million EUR of income.
At the start of next month as announced Paovic in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism and under auspices of World tourist organization and University George Washington will be organized consulting practicum that will host 60 masters and two professors of tourism from USA and Europe. They will with professors and students of Faculty of tourism at Bar and Kotor work on plan for development of Durmitor as tourist destination. In the project will be included a number of institutions, small and middle enterprises, entrepreneurs and NGO from Montenegro as well as Office for geographic informational system at Podgorica.