Monday, December 17, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (December 17,2007) – Ski season 2007/2008 was opened on Saturday at the Bjelasnica Mountain near the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.The FBIH Entity Minister of Tourism and Environment Nevenko Herceg opened the season at the Marshal Hotel. Numerous Bosnian tourism sector officials, political personalities and other public faces participated.

Addressing the participants Herceg stated that there are ideal conditions in Bosnia to develop winter tourism. All those potentials are not used enough.

”Our Olympic mountains – Bjelasnica, Jahorina and Igman, as well as the already-famous ski-centres of Kupres and Vlasic, and the new ski-centres Blidinje, Rostovo, Brusnica, Busovaca, Ostrelj, Smetovi, Ruiste etc, are a recognizable tourist product in the region and in the world.That is an obligation for all the authorities to promote the tourist offer. This needs to be one of the priority goals at all levels of government and in the NGO sector. By organizing for the official opening of the winter skiing season we have shown awareness of the priority of those goals, that is effects tourism can cause in the reconstruction and development of our economy”, Minister Herceg said.

He added that the FBIH Entity Government is making all the efforts necessary to promote tourism.

”We are simply trying to develop tourism. Statistics show that the year of 2007 is a turning point in the tourism development.I am convinced that this tourist season will be equally successful”, Minister Herceg concluded.

About 2.000 citizens participated in opening of the new winter season.

The Sarajevo Canton Tourist Community organized the manifestation. Numerous activities have been prepared, starting with lottery, day and night skiing, free lunches,etc.

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