Expect at least 30 percent more expensive summer in Montenegro
The prices of services on the Montenegrin coast will increase by at least 30 percent in the upcoming tourist season, announced Ilija Armenko, a tourism official from Petrovac.
Armenko told the Podgorica Dan that the situation is extremely complex, because Montenegro, although recognized as an attractive destination, is slowly losing pace with the region.
“Everyone complains that there is a lack of labor force, because workers go to Croatia for higher wages, and guests with better paying power dominate there. The situation is now such that we don’t even have the workforce to open bars”Armenko stated.
He says that despite the higher salaries paid by Montenegrin restaurateurs, in neighboring Croatia the head chef can earn up to 3,500 euros per month.
“Here, the salaries of head chefs range up to 2,000 euros, and in Croatia up to 3,500 euros, that’s why most go there, because the conditions are much better. In our country, wages are up to 30 or 40 percent higher than before, but the labor force goes to where the conditions are better. They predict a better season for us, but the question is whether it will be like that”says Armenko.
Montenegrin tourism is reduced to social
According to him, an additional problem is the short duration of the season, and he cites Petrovac as an example, where the season, he says, lasts about 40 days.
“Tourism in our country has come down to social welfare. A plate of fish in our country is around 33 euros, while the same in Dubrovnik costs 120 euros. Our levies are constantly increasing. We have less and less paying guests, half-board is between 30 and 40 euros, which means that it is cheaper for tourists from the West to spend the summer in Montenegro than to stay at home.points out Armenko.
He believes that, as he says, one should look in the mirror and see how to proceed, because, according to him, Montenegro is becoming less and less competitive with the countries in the region.
“Tourism is progressing everywhere, but nothing specific can change here. All levies fall on us tourist workers. The prices of services will also, due to the growth of inputs, rise drastically by at least 30 percent. We have to do that in order to survive, and that is an impossible mission and will further affect the season,” Armenko warned.
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