We are expecting a good winter season
Winter season started early because of enough snow and attractive arrangements in the hotels and private accommodation which is why a positive trend is expected in the future period, director of the National Tourism Organization Saša Radović says. “This year’s winter season started earlier compared to previous years, and during the last two weekends in 2012 there were about 1.5 thousand visitors in the ski centres, which announces good interest during the whole season“, said Radović to the Agency MINA-Business.
Tourist offer of winter centres, as he mentions, is competitive with the regional and hotel and hospitality industry workers prepared a set of programs and favourable prices for the period after the New Year holidays. “High priority is to keep the roads to ski centres clean and power supply system is ready to work in extraordinary conditions”, Radović says. Half-board prices per person in Kolašin are from €8.00 in private accommodation to €25.00 in small hotels to €47.00 in the hotel “Bianca”. Daily ski pass is €20.00, and half-day ski pass is €12.00. “Hotel and hospitality industry workers from Žabljak will offer after the New Year holidays about 20 percent lower half-board prices that is €8.00 in private accommodation and from €25.00 to €50.00 in hotels depending on the category of the hotel and quality of service“, reminded Radović. Ski pass for the ski resort Savin kuk €15.00, and for the ski resort Javorovača €8.00 and €5.00 for children. Only Vučje offers additional comfort of accommodation in the ski centre - €24.00 to €35.00 for half-board and ski pass included. This ski centre offers extremely favourable prices of ski schools – €25.00, which includes coaching, renting equipment and ski pass.
Radović mentioned that the New Year’s Eve celebration was diverse in both hotels and squares in Budva and Kotor. According to him, summary results of financial and physical turnover show that the growth trend was maintained last year despite the challenges that tourism faced due to economic crisis. “It is estimated that Montenegro was visited by the end of last year by 1.5 million tourists, which is five percent more compared to the same period in 2011, while the number of overnight stays was over nine million, which is four percent more”, Radović says. Estimations of the Central Bank were realistic and the plan of € 700 million of income was exceeded, since the income of €690 million was realized during the ten months of the last year which represents the increase of 4.2 percent compared to ten months of 2011. According to him, this year is specific for NTO since the funds allocated for the activities of NTO are reduced by 1/5 which despite the efforts that will be engaged will have reflection on implementing the planned scope of activities.