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      EI Meets with Tourism Leaders in Montenegro

      EI has started exploring partnership opportunities in the Montenegro market, beginning with discussions on academic and workforce development opportunities hosted by the Hospitality Educational Center (HEC) in Budva, Montenegro in early September. EI education and training consultant John Lohr participated in the discussions in Montenegro as part of a trip that also included visits to Croatia and Hungary.

      To first understand the needs for education and training, the HEC arranged a roundtable discussion composed of directors and presidents of Montenegro tourism and government organizations. In attendance were the: Secretary of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Executive Director of the Montenegrin National Employment Agency, President of Montenegrin Tourism Association, Chairman of the Tourism Committee in the Montenegrin Chamber of Commerce, and Montenegrin Employers Federation.

      Montenegro, which belongs to the central Mediterranean, is a small country of around 650,000 inhabitants but it is a major tourism provider.  According to the Statistical Office of Montenegro, in 2012, tourists realized 1,439,500 arrivals, which is 4.8% more in comparison with the previous year 2011.They made 9,151,236 overnight stays which is 4.3% more than in 2011. Overnight stays of domestic tourists represented 11.1%, while foreign tourists represented 88.9% of all overnight stays in 2012.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.