Kotor – The announcement that the traditional Kotor masked ball will be held in hotel “Splendid” in Becici yesterday provoked numerous reactions and divided opinions, but it also drew attention on the fact that the ancient town doesn’t have hotels.
Unanimous decision that the masked ball should be held in Becici, as it was said earlier by the organizer NGO “Festa” (FIESTA) was brought by the carnival groups. Other carnival festivities, which start on the 9th of February, will be held in Kotor.
The president of the commission for culture of MP Sabrija Vulic thinks that the decision of holding of the traditional Kotor manifestation, by which the town is recognized, in Budva is scandalous.
– Masked ball is the reason for which people are coming to Kotor and to which the citizens are looking forward to. To move that manifestation out of Kotor municipality represents an operation in which the patient died up front. I believe that those who are taking care of that soon will become aware that they have went too far in the desire for comfort – said Vulic.
There were some offers to hold the masked ball in Rian, then on Marko cape or in the discotheque Maximus, and as he says, he is not clear why it has to be in Becici.
– I respect the noble gesture of the host from Budva, but the masked ball, is, still, a Kotor manifestation and a certain tourist promotion of the town – said Vulic.
The director of the local tourist organization Zoran Zivkovic thinks that that kind of decision unfortunately was one of the consequences of the non existing hotels, like “Fjord”.
– Those problems will show up again, especially during the big summer festivals. TO will loose 15.000 euros of income, which came from residential taxes, because of the closing of “Fjord”. Because of that I think that during the sale of the hotel one had to have in mind the deadlines for construction and reopening of the hotel. As for the program of winter carnival festivities and masked ball our interest is that it should be held in our municipality. We would be happier if the masked ball was organized in hotel “Teuta” in Risan – said Zivkovic.
THE TOWN WILL NOT LOOSE ANYTHING
Tanja Doncic – Cucic from the carnival group “Karampana” noted that there is no room for critique and dissatisfaction, and that hotel “Splendid” is a representative facility for such a manifestation.
– No one is posing the question and is not criticizing how it came to that that the UNESCO’s town is left without a hotel, and the worst thing is that the situation in the next three years will be the same. I think that with this Kotor won’t loose anything. On the contrary, we would have lost much more if the tradition was broken and if the masked ball is not held this year – said Doncic- Cucic.