Regional Conference
„Regional Tourist Market – New Development Opportunities“
About the Conference
Organized by Mass Media International, on Wednesday, 15th May 2013 in Sava Centre Belgrade, the 11th Regional Conference “South East Europe Tourist Market – New Development Opportunities” will be held.

The Conference is organized under the auspices of Ministry of Finance and Economy, Republic of Serbia, Tourist Organisation of Serbia (TOS) Tourist Organization of Belgrade (TOB), YUTA, UHPA, ECTAA,... aiming to encourage cooperation amongst the regional countries and identify the best tourist attractions in Serbia and the region that would be presented to third outbound tourist markets.

Over 300 participants are expected at each of the upcoming Conferences amongst whom will be high level representatives from EU institutions, tour operators from Russia, China, India, national tourist organizations from SEE countries, ministers, decision makers from leading companies in various industry sectors in the Region, educational organizations as well as the most influential media.

Over thirty eminent speakers in five panels based on their knowledge and experience will provide support and present suggestions and guidelines for realistic perspective and further development of competitiveness of Regional tourist product.

The Speakers at the Commencement Ceremony / 9.30 – 10.00 a.m. are:
  • Mr. Dr Goran Petkovic, Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Republic of Serbia
  • Mr. Branimir Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Republic of Montenegro
  • Ms. Branka Đuric, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Federation of Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Mr. Boris Zgomba, President of ECTAA
  • Ms. Gordana Plamenac, Director, National Tourism Organization of Serbia

The Conference Special Guests are: Dr. Subhash Goyal, President of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) & Chairman of STIC Travels Group and Dr. Adam Wu, COO of China Business Network (CBN).

The current subject of the necessity and inevitability for the united tourist offer from regional countries towards the third outbound tourist markets will be discussed by Mr. Žarko Radulović, President, Montenegro Tourism Association & Montenegro Stars Hotel Group, Mr. Tone Matjasic, CEO Panoramic Travel Holding and a long term President of Slovenian Tourist Agencies Association and Mr. Aleksandar Seničić, Director of National association of travel agencies of Serbia (YUTA).

Prof. dr Slobodan Unković, PhD, Director of the Department of Postgraduate Studies and International Cooperation, Singidunum University will be speaking on the expected directions of tourism expansion globally.
The overview of the SEE Region’s current offer and the encouragement to further develop as authentic and attractive destination with assorted tourist proposal will be given by
  • Prof. Vidoje Vujić PhD, County Prefect, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
  • Dr.sc Irena Persic Zivadinov, Managing Director of Kvarner County Tourist Board
  • Ms. Nada Jovanovic, Director of Tourist Organization Republic of Srpska
  • dr sc. Lidija Bertović, Director National Park Plitvička jezera
  • Mr. Milos Milovanovic, CEO, Serbia Convention Bureau & Assistant Director TOS
  • Mr. Nikola Avram, CEO of MK Mountain Resort
  • Mr. Vule Tomasevic, Director Hotel Group “Budvanska Rivijera”
  • Mr. Dragutin Miljković, Counselor to General Director, Elitte Palic
  • Milinko Cicmil, Owner of Hotel Premier Aqua, Vrdnik Spa, Serbia
  • Ms. Nevena Veselinovic, Director, Hemel Resort Zlatibor
  • Mr. Igor Potkonjak, Director, Bernarda Serbia
  • Mr. Radovan Vukoje, Owner of Vukoje Vineyards
  • Ms. Dragana Sabic, Serbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Dejan Veselinov, CEO of the Tourist Organization of Belgrade /TOB/
  • City of Rijeka/Opatija – TB Kvarner County
  • Mr. Nikola Bakraceski, Mayor of Ohrid
  • Mr. Petar Jovanović, Deputy President to Borough of Sremski Karlovci
  • Mr. Zoran Arsenovic, Director, Kon-Tiki Travel
  • Mr. Mihajlo Curcic, CEO of Quality Tours Copenhagen
  • Ms. Natali Brodnik, Commercial Manager Qatar Airways
  • Prof. Dr. M. Zeki Karagülle, President Turkish Spas Thalasso and Health Resorts Association (TURKSPA)
  • Mr. Stanimir Stankov, Chairman of National Association for SPA & Wellness Tourism /NAST/ Bulgaria
  • Dr Dejan Stanojevic, CEO of Merkur, Vrnjacka Banja
  • Prof dr Milica Lazovic, Director of the Institute for Rehabilitation in Belgrade
  • Mr. Dragan Jovovic, CEO of Atomska Banja, Gornja Trepca
  • Mr. Rudolf Radikovic, Owner of Hotel Spa & Golf Resort Sveti Martin and Hotel Picok Croatia
  • Ms. Biljana Djordjevic, Owner of Salas Djordjevic
  • Ms. Dijana Katica, President of HF Eko Etno Grupa d.o.o. Croatia

The competitive advantages South East Europe countries have present a progression of opportunities to combine the best tourist attractions to strengthen the attractiveness of the Region worldwide. The potential of sustainable and competitive growth of Regional tourism is revealed through rational employment of natural resources, promotion of local hospitality, incentive to awareness for preservation of authentic values with optimal valorisation of natural and cultural-historic heritage, environmental issues through system upgrade of assortment and quality of the whole tourist offer.