The 42nd International Nautical, Hunting and Fishing Show was opened on April 7, 2022. The event under the slogan "Sail, cast, catch" was officially opened by the Minister of Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure Tomislav Momirovic, the Director of the Port Governance Agency Vuk Perovic and the Provincial Secretary for Economy and Tourism in the Government of Vojvodina Nenad Ivanisevic.
The Minister of Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure, Tomislav Momirovic, pointed out that nautical tourism is the future of Serbia and that our country uses only a part of the potential for the development of this type of tourism.
As he stated, it is primarily about the potentials on the Danube, Tisa and Sava, in which more will be invested in the coming period.
"The Government of Serbia, in cooperation with the Port Governance Agency, has taken numerous measures in order to build the infrastructure for cruisers in order to maximize the tourist potential of our rivers," Momirovic said.
"After decades of neglecting the transport and port infrastructure, we tried to invest systematically in order to help waterway transport in the country," Momirovic said.
He pointed out that Serbia will invest half a billion euros in the development of waterway transport and water corridors, and that it is about investments in ports, in the safety of navigation, but also in arranging rivers so that they are navigable 365 days a year.
Director of the Port Governance Agency Vuk Perovic emphasized that before the pandemic, nautical tourism in Serbia recorded constant growth, so that in 2019, 1.549 cruise ships docked and more than 200.000 tourists visited our country from rivers. He added that expectations for this year's nautical season are optimistic.
"In order to further improve nautical tourism, we have started the investment cycle in nautical tourism infrastructure. We have invested in international passenger terminals, of which there are seven in Serbia today, since we put the terminal in Kostolac into operation last week. In the next month, we will open the eighth international passenger terminal, in Zemun. The Danube is a magnet for foreign tourists, and it brings people to our country from America, Japan, Israel, Germany. Opening the international passenger terminal in Zemun is a way to bring our city and country closer to foreign tourists and in the development of marinas, bearing in mind that they represent an important segment of nautical tourism ", said Perovic.
Perovic said that domestic tourists, whose number increased during the pandemic, were not forgotten either, and that investing in marinas would ensure that those who sail into them with their yachts and boats have safe berths and a secure supply of electricity and water.
He concluded that the goal is to earn at least five percent of the total income from tourism in nautical tourism in the next five years.
The Provincial Secretary for Economy and Tourism in the Government of Vojvodina, Nenad Ivanisevic, stated that the fair represents a good opportunity to bring the Danube closer to the citizens of Serbia.
"We are preparing a strategy for the development of tourism in Vojvodina for the next five years, and we are ready for nautical, hunting and fishing tourism to be part of that strategy," Ivanisevic pointed out.
The nautical, hunting and fishing show will last until April 11, and is intended for fans and users of all types of boats, water sports and diving, hunting, and fishing equipment, nautical, camping and outdoor equipment.