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A busy cruise ship season in Kotor

“Everything is going according to plans, with a slight decrease in mega yachts because we do not have high quality berths and power supply system for yachts longer than 30, 40 and 50 meters. Anyway, this is the best season in the Port of Kotor. What is very important – the Port of Kotor is the third largest port in the Adriatic when it comes to anchoring of ships and the fourth according to the number of passengers. It is important to point out that all the eminent companies are present in the Port of Kotor,” Mr Kusovac said.

There were two cruisers in the port today – “Queen Victoria”, which sails under the flag of Bermuda, and the Dutch “Zuiderdam”.

“Kotor is a destination that both ships never miss”, said Kusovac.

The “Queen Victoria” arrived from Corfu this morning about 8AM, and it departs at midnight to Trieste. It is 294 meters long and there are 1,958 passengers on it, with 978 crew members.

The “Zuiderdam” is 286 meters long and there are 1,958 passengers and 806 crew members on it. The ship arrived this morning from Dubrovnik and departed at about 6PM to the island of Korcula.

Mr Kusovac reminded that the Port of Kotor was awarded the gold medal for the quality on September 20th in Geneva.

When it comes to the plans for the next season, the concession that expires by the end of this year represents an issue.

“This is bad news at least for me as a manager. The concession is granted temporarily until the New Year, and according to some information, a public tender should be called in the meantime… I believe that we will get the chance to continue working, but I cannot say right now anything about companies and percents related to further engagement,” Mr Kusovac said.

He reminded that the gold partner of the Port of Kotor was CLIA – Cruise Lines International Association, which brings together more than 60 renowned international cruise companies.

“At the international summit CLIA which was held in Hamburg in early September, Montenegro had its representatives from the Port of Kotor and I am really proud of being from a small country and a small port which enjoyed high reputation in the world. I have only positive impressions from that summit,” he added.

He reminded that the Port of Kotor had signed a global code of ethics in tourism in Becici in June, thus having officially become a member of the World Trade Organisation under the auspices of the UN.

Mr Kusovac concluded that establishing of Adriatic brand was planned in order to get cruising destinations of Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Greece and Montenegro networked, where Montenegro could have a leading position. However, it would not be feasible without constant concessions.

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