Republika Srpska Minister of Trade and Tourism, Predrag Gluhakovic, has said that tourism is the only industrial branch in Srpska which in the first nine months of the current year marked growth of 14% compared to the same period last year.
Gluhakovic has said that 14 percent more visitors arrived in Republika Srpska within the first nine months than last year in total.
“Having the number of overnight stays in Srpska increased is the most important, and we are aiming for three overnight stays per a tourist. I am sure that we will exceed one million overnight stays this year,” Gluhakovic has added.
He has announced that the Government and the Srpska president will declare 2019 the spa year, as it is a resource that deserves more attention and employment.
During the promotion of Belgrade’s tourist offer in Banjaluka, Gluhakovic has said that cooperation with the Belgrade Tourist Organisation is at a high level.
“We want to further develop this cooperation to make the joint presentation of Banjaluka and Belgrade in the third markets even stronger next year,” Gluhakovic told reporters.
Irena Aleksic, advisor to the director of the Belgrade Tourist Organisation, has said that the guests from the region are the most important to this Organisation, although there are plenty of guests from China, India, the USA in this city.
“A record number of tourists visited Belgrade last year, i.e. one million with two million overnight stays,” stressed Aleksic, adding that the capital of Serbia is considered as a quality, affordable and holiday destination.
She has added that tourists visit Belgrade mainly because of nightlife and gastronomic offer, although this city has a rich cultural and artistic offer.
Aleksic has added that the National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art were reconstructed, and pointed out the Nikola Tesla Museum and a large number of theaters and galleries.
The director of the Republika Srpska Tourist Organisation, Nada Jovanovic, has said that the cooperation with the Belgrade Tourist Organisation is splendid and that they do joint presentations at the markets of South-East Europe.
She has pointed out that Belgrade, as the latest tourist hit offer, presents cycling routes for the city’s tour, as the cyclo-tourism is rising.
“Republika Srpska has built so many bicycle paths in the past three years, as it has not in the previous 15,” added Jovanovic.
The director of the Tourist Organisation of Banjaluka, Irena Radojevic, has said that guests from Belgrade and Serbia are frequent in Banjaluka, and that the two city organisations have long-term cooperation.
The promotion was attended by the Serbian Consul General in Banjaluka, Vladimir Nikolic.