Montenegro is an example for the whole world
Montenegro is an example for the whole world of how tourism potentials should be exploited in a sustainable way, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Director for Europe Alessandra Priante announced at a meeting.
“We are strongly focused on tourism, with an emphasis on sustainable development. We want to preserve our resources for future generations, and through a series of activities, we wanted to reaffirm our commitment to the green economy. I would like to remind that we are the first non-EU country to adopt the Law on Climate Change”, PM Marković said.
PM Marković also told that Montenegro’s tourism has been continuously growing. According to preliminary data, 2.64 million tourists visited Montenegro last year, which is an increase of about 440,000 tourists compared to 2018, and represents the best result in the history of Montenegro’s tourism.
€1.14 billion was collected from domestic and foreign arrivals or around €100 million compared to 2018 Marković added.
According to a report of the European Travel Commission, Montenegro is the first in Europe with a 21 percent increase in tourists last year.
The Prime Minister also specified that the Government of Montenegro, apart from tourism, has been especially focused on agriculture, energy and strengthening of the overall infrastructure.
Considering Montenegro an airline destination, Prime Minister Markovic said that the Government had decided to valorise airports in order to improve accessibility and existing infrastructure.
Ms Priante said she admired the Government’s understanding of the importance of tourism for the state and its economy. She emphasized that the World Tourism Organization, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, wishes to continue quality cooperation with the Government and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, in further promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.
She announced that WTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili should visit Montenegro in the fall.