Budva – Montenegrin tourist association has said yesterday after the session of the Management board that this season had the same problems as previous ones and those problems are a limiting factor of the further development of the state.
– Representatives of hotels, tourist agencies, restaurants, camps, private accommodation, and transport have pointed out that this year too in almost all tourist municipalities same problems are appearing. Despite the best tourist season so far in the previous few months we could see all the faults, which, if they are not removed, could seriously jeopardize Montenegrin tourism. Tourist employees are unanimous in note that the bad roads, grey economy, lack of water, garbage dumps next to the road, illegal organization and sale of excursions, lack of parking, devastation of space, wild construction, disposal of hard waste material, illegal temporary facilities, unregistered guests are just some of the problems which have to me immediately solved – it was said yesterday from the association from which they noted that “it is strange how from year to year the same problems are repeated, those problems which do not ask for a special effort of the authorities nor too big investments for their solving.
First of all this year too we have the issue of noise. Even though the Law on protection from noise in the life environment has been adopted last year so far we haven’t sensed its effects. In MTA we agree that today, in the era of great technical achievements we surely can find some measures which can be taken in order to prevent noise, and to provide peace for those tourists who wish to spend their vacation in peace, no matter how much the tourism and the young people like that kind of entertainment.
Sector of transport, as they say, thinks that the great problem is the flow on Montenegrin roads which causes the delay of buses on all destinations no matter whether it is a fee or line transport of passengers with some points specially standing out (narrow throats) of which by all means the most important ones are the passage through Podgorica and the ferry crossing Kamenari Lepetane.
As the buses on ferry crossing usually stay between one hour and three hours it is necessary to build the so-called third line which would enable vehicles which use the ferry to have their own line and not to disturb the regular transport. MTA will continue to fight for removal of all barriers which have negative effects on business of tourist sector in Montenegro having belief that public – private partnership is the real model for successful solving of problems and development of optimal conditions for the business of private sector. In the goal of finding the mechanism with which we could solve the faults which are seriously jeopardizing our business, MTA will submit to ministries and Montenegrin municipalities a list of identified and acute problems which with joined activities, along with the coordination and cooperation can be solved and that can enable us to be more ready for the first guests of the following summer tourist season – they say in MTA.
THERE IS NO USE OF LAW
Sector of hotels, as they say in MTA, from year to year is facing new, increased taxes and terms which are often established and changed in the middle of the tourist season, so as unplanned cost they by all means are additional burden for every hotel company.
Increased prices of water, electricity, compensation for the usage of construction land, taxes, contributions, and many other obligations de-stimulate the hotel owners, block further investments and are seriously questioning the maintenance of high quality of service which many hotels are ready to offer to their guests. The quality of those who immediately create the tourist product can be expected only then when quality conditions for business are created and when the ambience which will be encouraging for all those who contribute the development of Montenegrin tourism is created. Sector of tourist agencies is once again facing illegal organization and performing of excursions. Appreciating the efforts which have been made we are still not able to prevent this from happening which is a classical example of grey economy. Problem lies in application of the law which needs to be changed and strictly obeyed. In present conditions anyone who has some vehicle for transport can organize an excursion without a guide, without a program, insurance of guests and of course without the paying of TAV – they warn from MTA.