National tourist organsation of Montenegro has intensified promotional activities on the market of Slovenia with goal to attract greater number of tourists from this market.
One of the activities of the NTOCG is organisation of study visit for tour-operators from Slovenia, who had an opportunity to hold meetings with representatives of tourism industry as part of the bussines B2B workshop, organised in Budva.
Besides eight representatives of Slovenian tour-operators Držina Krumpak, INTOURS DMC, KOMPAS, Ojla, Slo Tours and Galileo 3000, there were also about fifty representatives of the hotels and agencies from Montenegro, as well as representatives from national airline company Air Montenegro.
Minister adviser at the Embassy of Slovenia in Montenegro, Petra Gradišek said that the visit of Slovenian tour-operators is very important and extremly useful both for Montenegro and Slovenia.
Slovenia and Montenegro are already recognised as tourist countries and have developed sea, mountain and rural tourism, Gradišek said.
She hopes that the workshop will contribute in strengthening tourist recognizability of both countries.
Gradišek said that in Slovenia, Montenegro is seen as a beautiful country and added that there is certainly space for progress in tourism.
Edvard Masnec from Slovenian tourist agency Ojla said that Montenegro has a lot of magificent parts, it has sea and mountains and it is all close to each other.
The first thing that attracted us in Montenegro is food, then the fact that there is no big language barrier and as far as I hear, now the airline Podgorica-Ljubljana is established two times a week, said Masnec.
He hopes that from now, people from Montenegro will travel more to Slovenia.
When it comes to the workshop, he said that he has met a lot of interesting partners from Montenegro.
You have some new content, hotels and everything is progressing and going forward, concluded Masnec.
Matej Pajnik from Slovenian turistic agency Galileo 3000 said that he came to Montenegro to see new things.
We mostly worked on the coast, but now the colleagues from NTOCG showed us other parts of Montenegro, said Pajnik.
Montenegro is very similar to Slovenia because you can come to the mountains from the sea in half a day.
I hope that most Slovenians will recognise Montenegro as a good destination, Pajnik said.
He is extremly satisfied because of the workshop.
I am very glad because colleagues from Montenegro came in such number and for knowing that Slovenians are good guests that love your country, he said.
Head of Sales of Air Montenegro Dejan Pižurica said that the workshop is a positive thing, especially in times of coronavirus, because it is now necessary to turn to the region.
We need to turn to markets that are avaliable to us and it was definitely a right move to organise B2B workshop where we can get in direct touch with tour-operators and agencies, said Pižurica.
And with that, we expect new guests from Slovenia.
We have flights for Ljubljana from Podgorica until 15. june and then until 15. september from Tivat, he reminded.
He said that they are in general satisfied with number of guests from Slovenia.
We expected that in the period of post season and now winter season, flights would be fuller but we will do our best anyway to realize promotion of Montenegro in Slovenia in the right way, said Pižurica. He expects that next year, if epidemiological situation allows it, number of flights to Slovenia will rise.
Director of sales in hotel groupation Casa del Mare Milena Milačić said that in her experience, workshops when tour-operators come to Montenegro, give best results.
Right then and there we can exchange contacts, opinions and together, we can determine if potential cooperation is possible, Milić said.
She mentioned that the situation is solid when guests from Slovenia are in question, ecpecially because airlines have been established two times a week.
Market of Slovenia can be interesting in season and in post season, she concluded.
Tour-operators from Slovenia had a chance to get acquanted with attractive locations for vacation in Podgorica, Nikšić, Plav, Gusinje, Bar, Budva, Kotor and Tivat, during their stay in Montenegro. Besides touring tourist sites, special emphasis has been set on culture, tradition, history and gastronomy of said areas.
This study visit was realized with support of national airline company AirMontenegro, hotel CUE and Ramada and local tourist organisations of Podgorica, Nikšić, Gusinje, Plav, Tivat, Kotor and Bar.