Montenegro on the eve of the season: Many hotels will have no one to open

Hotels with four and animal stars are considering re-registering as motels.

The lack of manpower is a key issue in our tourism industry, it was said at a press conference organized by the Montenegrin Tourist Association (CTU). Žarko Radulović, president of the CTU, claims that if the arrival of workers from distant countries is not approved, this year we will not be able to count on an income of one billion and 300 million euros, but, as he said, it will be worse than last year. “We have a dozen hotels that have turned away a significant number of guests and thus jeopardized their reputation, because they do not have workers to open their hotels. Hotels with four and animal stars are considering re-registering as motels, in order to do their work more easily,” Radulović said. transmitted by RTCG. There are no Nepalese

He stated that Montenegro does not have bilateral agreements with Nepal and guarantees that no one from that region will come. “They told us to raise the salaries of the workers. They know our balance sheets and see how much salary we can give. We cannot increase salaries. This year we are working for next year, if we give up this year, next year we will not have even half of what we have,” Radulović said. .Radulović pointed out that if the guests are not satisfied this season, next year, as he said, we will experience a collapse.”If the season breaks this year, if tourists are not satisfied with the service, he will say ‘Don’t go to Montenegro’ and next year we will experience a crash. Is there any greater symbolism, on Labor Day we are talking about work? We understand the problems of the people who work at the counters, but we do not understand that organizational changes cannot be made, the number of counters can be increased,” said Radulović. Ranko Jovović from the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro (PKCG) said that they have been trying to solve the issue for years. “We are advocating the introduction of a permanent seasonal worker and that would solve this issue as much as possible. A permanent seasonal worker is needed. Things must be speeded up, we must quickly find a solution for a permanent seasonal worker,” Jovović said. Aleksandar Jovanović pointed out in front of the NGO Budva Hospitality Association that as a state we did nothing to prevent this.”The biggest issue here is the administration, in order to bring in labor from abroad. We would be happy if we could provide labor here. We advertise, but few or no one responds. Salaries in tourism are higher than in other industries. Cook’s salary is twice as big as the Prime Minister of Montenegro or the ministers”, said Jovović at the press conference. Legal changes
The Labor Law, as they explain, needs to be amended in the part of performing casual work, which would more flexible engagement of the domestic labor force was made possible. In addition, as a systemic solution related to the engagement of students, they see in the part of concluding the contract on practical work during the season with the eventual possibility of obtaining ECTS credits.

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