The International Tourism Fair opened on Thursday in Banjaluka, where 150 exhibitors from 11 European countries are taking part.
Actor Miloš Biković, a fair promoter, said that culture and tourism are closely tied and that the unification of cultural spaces of Srpska and Serbia should be followed by the unification of tourism spaces.
“Serbia is opening to the world and has an increasing number of tourists, and this should be a trend in Srpska; we should thus help our people on both banks of the River Drina, contribute to the promotion of tourism and culture,” Biković told reporters after the opening of the Fair.
The Republika Srpska Minister of Trade and Tourism, Dragica Kovač, expressed satisfaction with the fact that Republika Srpska and Banjaluka have such an important tourism event.
“Banjaluka deserved it as it has many things to offer, from gastronomy, natural beauties, to kind hosts,” Kovač said.
The Republika Srpska Minister of Education and Culture, Natalija Trivić, said that cultural tourism makes a significant part of interesting tourism products and capacities and that efforts should be made to promote and develop it.
Banjaluka Mayor Igor Radojičić said that even though it is being organized for the first time, the Fair showed its potentials and capacities.
“This speaks that Banjaluka and Republika Srpska have something to show and that it is our goal to enable our city to make new steps in tourism. These days, when numerous concerts, conferences, international events are held, show us how we can increase the number of visits and visibility of the city on the River Vrbas,” Radojičić said.
He stressed the importance of the Fair, as it represents tourism potentials of Republika Srpska and other far destinations.
The state secretary in the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Miroslav Knežević, expressed satisfaction with the fact that the governments of Serbia and Srpska are successfully and continuously working on the development of tourism offering.
“We have a common goal, to attract as many tourists as possible to Serbia and Srpska, and this fair is a good opportunity not only to present tourism potentials but also to see what we can present as a joint regional tourism product which we will present to tourists from far markets,” Knežević said.
The International Banjaluka Tourism Fair will be opened until Saturday, April 20.