The number of German tourists who stayed in the Montenegrin hotels in the first six months of the year increased by 160 per cent, while the number of Chinese tourists rose by 104.78 per cent. When it comes to the overnights, the number by Russian visitors was the greatest (157,686) followed by Serbian visitors (140,080). Overnight stays by Germans were higher by 50 per cent, while nights spent by Brits rose by 22.57 per cent compared to the same period last year.
These are some of this year’s tourism trends in Montenegro that are more in line with the global trends, according to the Managing Director of the Directorate for Monitoring Tourism Developments and Tourism Turnover in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, MORiT, Mr Armend Mila.
“Over the past several years, there’s a global trend that the number of overnight stays in a city is gradually declining. Therefore, tourists during their vacation more often visit several cities, and those coming from far markets visit even more countries or even regions. In 2010, tourists in our country stayed 6.41 days on average. Last year, they stayed 5.99 days, but still we have recorded the increase in tourist arrivals,” Mr Mila explained.
On the other hand, data show domestic arrivals somewhat decreased.
“In the period from 2015 to 2018, their share in the total number of overnight stays decreased by 3 per cent, that is, from 6.76 per cent to 3.76 per cent, while the number of overnight stays dropped by 34.92 per cent,” Mr Mila explained for Dnevne Novine daily, adding that he hopes these figures would be better with better system of registration of tourists.
FROM 2010, REVENUES WENT UP BY 63 PER CENT
The revenues from tourism have been continuously increasing compared to the 2015 and 2010 results.
According to Mr Mila, the biggest changes have been recorded in the increase of revenues. Namely, the last year’s revenues were by 29.6 per cent higher than in 2015, and even 63.5 per cent higher compared to 2010.