Velika Plaža (Big Beach), near Ulcinj - Copyright by Alan Grant

September 2007

Montenegrin Tourism

In 2006, nearly a million tourists visited Montenegro. More than 40 percent were ‘foreigners' (excluding visitors from Serbia and Kosovo, who are still classed in the statistics as domestic).

To put this into perspective: Montenegro now has as many international tourists per capita as Italy or Bulgaria. If visitors from Serbia are counted as ‘foreign', Montenegro ranks ahead of Switzerland, and on a par with France and Greece.

Country

Foreign tourists per capita, 2005

Austria

2.46

Croatia

1.88

Spain

1.39

Greece

1.35

Montenegro (incl. Serbian tourists)

1.28

France

1.28

Switzerland

1.00

Italy

0.64

Montenegro (excl. Serbian tourists)

0.61

Bulgaria

0.61

Sweden

0.36

Turkey

0.29

Source: World Tourism Organisation, own calculation; Montenegrin Ministry of Tourism (2006 data)

Foreign investment has played an important part in the tourist boom. "Aman Resorts" has taken a 30-year licence to manage the prestigious resort Sveti Stefan. The Canadian-Hungarian magnate Peter Munk bought the old shipyard in Tivat, with plans to transform it into a vacation resort and marina and, through a consortium, bought land to construct another big holiday resort on the southern coast. Numerous other foreign investors, including Russians and Slovenes, have bought up hotels.

Further reading:

Montenegro
Montenegro and the EU
Return to Europe film
ESI Montenegro reports
Montenegro picture stories
Background information
Literary walk
Places
People
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