Montenegro: key facts and figures for event planners

The C&I opportunities offered by the the small, diverse Balkan country are beginning to be recognised.

Montenegro: key facts and figures for event planners
Montenegro: key facts and figures for event planners

3 flights operate weekly from the UK directly to Montenegro, flying on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This increases to five weekly flights during high season, which is from April to October. The route is operated from Gatwick by Montenegro Airlines. "As we know, a destination's success is dependent on flight access - events won't come if they can't travel direct within Europe. The best area in Montenegro for groups is the Budva/Kotor region, so Tivat airport is the closest. It's small but access is getting better," says Ryan Burton, account director at DMC Global Connect. Alternatively, delegates can fly to nearby Dubrovnik in Croatia. Transfers across the border to Montenegro take two hours by road or helicopter transfers can be arranged.

2,200 new hotel rooms will be created as part of the EUR1bn (£0.83bn) Orascom Group development. The resort will occupy 6.8km2 of an area called Lustica on the peninsula of Traste Bay, 20km from Tivat, and will include eight hotels, of which six will be five-star properties. It will also include two marinas, restaurants and a golf course - the largest in Montenegro. The first phase, which will include one hotel and the golf course, is due to be complete by 2013.

19 The Montenegro Convention Bureau now has 19 members, including hotels and DMCs. Montenegro Convention Bureau director Danica Ceranic says: "We are currently preparing a list of venues, including historical buildings and natural attractions, that are suitable for events, product launches and gala dinners."

800 When complete, the Porto Montenegro development in the Bay of Kotor will have 800 berths for yachts. The new 'nautical village', which features a marina, golf course and business complex, is estimated to cost EUR400m (£333.8m) to build. A number of five-star hotels are also planned as part of the project. The marina opened in July 2010 and activities on offer include windsurfing, diving and fishing.

9 The average number of events the Splendid Conference and Spa Resort hosts for international groups each month. Previous clients have included Envision Propert, Posturite UK, Napp Pharmaceutical and the Dogs Trust. The five-star hotel is located in Becici and offers 322 rooms.

500 guests can take part in a wine-tasting event at the Sipcanik wine cellar, suggests Snezana Vejnovic from DMC Talas-M. The unusual venue opened in 2007 to the east of the Montenegro capital, Podgorica, with views of Lake Skadar. The cellar houses more than 28,000 bottles of wine. Sipcanik can seat 120 delegates for a buffet lunch or dinner and up to 50 guests for formal dinners with a tutored tasting of five different wines.

58 The number of rooms and suites that will be available when the second and final phase of the Aman Sveti Stefan resort is launched in May. Luxury resort group Aman has redeveloped the former 15th-century fishing village located on a small island off Montenegro's Adriatic coastline. Phase one, the refurbishment of Villa Milocer, was launched in December 2008. The former residence of the Queen of Montenegro offers eight suites and is situated on a 32-hectare site linked to Sveti Stefan island.

117 beaches are dotted along 293km of coastline in Montenegro and the diversity of the county's landscape means that delegates could find themselves windsurfing one day and hiking in the mountains in snow shoes the next. "That is what makes our country unique," explains Ceranic. "You can enjoy many different landscapes within a few hours' drive."

6 Adria DMC offers a six-day adventure programme with a different activity each day. Adria DMC director Sandra Jovanovic explains: "The adventure tour combines the various activities, extreme sports and adrenalin highs that Montenegro has to offer." Activities include rafting on the River Tara, canyoning in Nevidio and a cable car ride to Kolasin town."

200 rooms will be added to Montenegro's hotel stock when the Hilton Montenegro opens at the end of 2012. It is being built in Podgorica in a historic building that has operated as a hotel since 1952. Following a complete overhaul, the property will feature a spa, wellness centre, restaurant, bar, bistro and 900m2 of event space.

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Montenegro: Convention Bureau
Contact: Danica Ceranic
Tel: +382 (0)202 35155
Email: mice@montenegro.travel
Web: www.montenegro.travel

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