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Common solutions for cruising recovery in Serbia

During December, an online round-table discussion was held on the topic "Passenger traffic - challenges in the time of the pandemic". Representatives of the Agency, Chamber of Commerce of Serbia - Association of Tourism, port operators at international passenger terminals and shipping agents participated in the round-table discussion.

The round-table discussion is the first in a series of meetings to be organized to discuss this important topic. Passenger traffic was mostly affected by the corona virus pandemic, so only 15 port calls and 1,164 passengers were recorded in this year's nautical season, which is one percent compared to last year's results.

The Danube attracts millions of cruise enthusiasts every year and rightly bears the epithet "tourist magnet". Bearing in mind that double-digit growth is observed at passenger ports in Serbia every season, it is important to find common solutions in order to be ready for the normalization of the situation and the return of cruisers to the rivers.

One of the important work goals will be the continuation of investments in this area, opening of new international passenger terminals and their promotion. In 2021, the opening of terminals in Zemun and Sremski Karlovci is expected, and it is planned to open the terminals in Veliko Gradiste (Ram), Kostolac and Apatin in the next period.

The Association of Tourism of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce will continue active cooperation with the Agency in order to promote numerous opportunities that Serbia can offer to cruise enthusiasts.

Representatives of port operators and shipping agency companies, as well as the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, supported the initiative to hold regular meetings on the recovery of passenger traffic.

It was concluded in the round-table discussion that constant communication and exchange of ideas among the participants represents the way to the recovery of this economic branch and the creation of preconditions for more successful nautical seasons.