According to the calendar, the summer is not over yet. That’s even more true for Kotor, because the number of tourists is on a very high level. The Tourist Organization of Kotor is very pleased — according to their data, there are over 900 guests at the moment in Kotor, which is about 60% higher than in the same period last year. Hotels and other accommodation facilities are booked during September and October. Sanja Branković, a representative of TO Kotor said that many sunny days lately are positively affecting the guests. “Guests are expanding their stay because they love the weather. Hotels also lowered their prices, so you can find a 2* or 3* hotel for 30 – 60 euros, while 4* and 5* are more expensive where prices range from 90 – 220 euros.”
In the first seven months of the year, over 20,000 tourists visited Kotor. That is a 19% increase when compared to the same period last year. From January up until September 2011, 202 ships have sailed into the Luka Kotor, transporting around 120,000 tourists, which is an all-time record. That number is about 20% higher than in the same period last year. It is expected that 330 ships will sail into the Luka Kotor until the end of the year. “Tourists like Kotor because it is a clean city with beautiful beaches,” said Branković.
Although the season is reaching its end, people who work in tourism are already preparing for the next one — focusing mostly on promotion. The plan is to visit many tourist fairs where they can present Montenegro in the best light possible. Representatives of the Tourist Organization of Budva are already in Paris, attending a huge fair. They will “tour” Europe and visit as many fairs as possible in order to attract new tourists to Montenegro.