At the same time as the Belgrade Tourism Fair, the 10th International BeoWine Fair, the 15th International Fair of Hotel and Catering Equipment HORECA-EQUIPMENT, and the 15th Souvenir Fair under the title “See Serbia”, opened on Thursday, February 21st.
At the opening of the fair, with Bulgaria as this year’s partner country, Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic said that in 2018 Serbia generated $1.5 billion of net revenue from tourism and that this year’s goal was $1.7 billion.
Ljajic added that 2018 was a record year for tourism and that the result was achieved thanks to the great work and effort of a huge number of people in the industry.
Underlining that Serbia earned $1.5 billion from tourism in 2018 alone and that that result was achieved two years earlier than planned in the Tourism Development Strategy, Ljajic also said:
“We did not make a pessimistic forecast when we did the strategy. This result is achieved thanks to the fact that tourism is recognized not only as entertainment and recreation activity but also as an industry that contributes to the economic recovery of the country.”
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He underlined that the tourism results in Serbia were not a coincidence and that for the first time in the past year, Serbia had an equal number of foreign and domestic tourists. In terms of tourist visits, Serbia ranks 6th in Europe.
“We will not stop at this, as plans for this year are very optimistic – between 3.6 and 3.7 million guests, of which 1.9 million will be foreign tourists”, said Ljajic and stated that the goals were very realistic and achievable.
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