Bad weather conditions in pre-season didn’t affect the number of tourists visiting Bar. Director of Tourist Organization, Mr Emil Kukalj, says that although the number of visitors at one moment was lower than last year, after the weather conditions improved, there was even an increase in the number of tourists.
“We should work on developing tourist product that won’t be affected by weather conditions. By that I mean, development of cultural tourism and tourism based on concrete events”, says Mr Kukalj.
Bar, as one of the most attractive tourist destination, was presented in the neighboring countries and in Western Europe. Feedback from the trade fairs visitors is positive. Visitors expressed greatest interest in Bar during summer. However, a town under Rumija has potentials to change that.
“We tend to point out that this is a town on two coasts and National Park Skadar lake is one the pearls of the offer. We are trying to present Bar as destination suitable throughout the entire year”, says Mr Kukalj and believes that it’s achievable.
With the construction of several high-category hotels, Bar is slowly but surely becoming a destination that can respond to the demands of high-end visitors who are used to luxury. Director of TO stresses that appropriate infrastructure is a must.
“We are very happy to see that the municipality and the state invest in the development of infrastructure, roads, public utility infrastructure… The effect of the campaign “Our Bar- clean town” is very important too. The residents and tourists have to be aware that waste disposal at places designated for such purposes increases the quality of the offer and life of our citizens”, says Mr Kukalj.
Employees in the tourism sector are satisfied with the benefits that Bar has had from cruising in the last couple of years.
“Our partners, Port of Adria, Alegra Montenegro Agency, small local souvenir manufacturers welcoming the tourists from every cruiser play major role”, points out Mr Kukalj.
This summer residents of Bar and visitors can expect a very diverse range of amenities and programs.
“Under the auspices of “Ljeto pod zvijezdama” we are going to organize shows of musicians from the region and local bands and performers. There will be concerts every Friday at the King Nikola promenade”,says Mr Kukalj.
Something new this summer – City games – an event that is going to take place on 28 June.
After the season, TO Bar is going to organize Grapes Festival in Virpazar.
Tourist-information desks are open in Virpazar, Čanj, Sutomore, Šušanj, Stari Bar, Topolica and soon in Utjeha and Ostros.
TO Bar has been working very hard on the promotion of the potentials of hinderland.
“Last month we organized the action “Pohod u planine” (Visit to the mountains). It was a 50-kilometer long tour from the sea to the lake shore. It’s just one segment of the offer, since Bar has 100 km of footpaths that are very interesting. They need to be maintained, tourist signalization should be installed… We expect support from he media, agencies, and local and state-level institutions”, says the Director of TO Bar.