The press conference was attended by Juergen Buechy, president of the German Tourism Association (DRV) who emphasized that the DRV was expecting this year’s congress with a lot of enthusiasm. He also mentioned that the congress would be held in mid-November inMontenegroand that the DRV as an umbrella association of the German tourism industry supportedMontenegro’s efforts in attracting German tourists. “Montenegrois a small country of a unique synergy of the coast and mountainous hinterland. We hope that during the Congress the German economy will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the potential of this country and that the Congress will contribute to the increase in the number of German tourists coming to Montenegro in the following years,” Buechy said.
Saša Radović and Karlo Petelin informed the media about potentials of Montenegro, specific tourist offer such as hiking and cycling - the project for which Montenegro was awarded “Eco Trophea” by the DRV, as well as about current and future investments in tourism. Representatives of influential media and online and specialized media such as “Brigitte”, “FVW”, “Leisure Woche”, “Neues Detschland”, “Augsburger Allgemein”, “Alpin” and others were present at the press conference.
Montenegrois in the center of attention of this year’s ITB due to the fact that it is hosting the Congress of the German Tourist Association. The offer ofMontenegrowas present at the stand of this Association where numerous travel agents registered for the Congress.
This year also “AirBerlin” will continue operating charter flights fromBerlin,Dusseldorf,HamburgandViennaviaNurembergto Tivat from 16 May to 12 September 2012. German tour operator “Neckermann” included arrangements forMontenegroin its catalogs for this year again and hotel “Tara” in Bečići will work in 2012 with the Thomas Cook’s franchise under the brand “Sentido Hotels & Resorts”. “Sentido” has recognizable accommodations and clients in over 20 hotels around the world - inEgypt,Greece,Kenya,Spain,Turkey,Tunisia,Cyprusand other destinations.
Despite the global crisis, the situation in German economy shows that the Germans will travel out of their country with no less intensity and it is projected that Montenegro would still have a two-figure growth rate based on the arrivals from this market. Last yearMontenegrowas visited by 35,000 tourists with 183,000 overnight stays which is an increase of 20% compared to 2010.
Montenegro’s stand was visited by the Ambassador of Montenegro toGermany, Vladimir Radulović.
Stand of Montenegro hosted local tourist organization of Budva, Herceg Novi and Ulcinj as well as “Montenegro Stars Hotels Group’, hotel group “Budvanska Rivijera”, hotel “Avala Resorts & Vilas”, hotel “Queen of Montenegro”, “Ulcinjska Rivijera”, hotel “ Dvori Balšića”, TA “Adria DMC” and “Globtour”, then Porto Montenegro and Montenegro Airlines which prepared specially for the presentation at the ITB promotional tariffs for the flights from German-speaking countries to Montenegro during the winter season 2012/13 and summer 2013.
This year the fair brought together over 10,000 participants from 180 countries.
The fair is open by Sunday, 11 March.