The Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Tatjana Matić, said today that Sokobanja, with the longest tourist tradition in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, is one of the main hopes for the development and recovery of Serbian tourism from the Kovid crisis.
Matic congratulated all the residents of Sokobanja on the Day of the Municipality and 184 years of organized tourism in that spa and Serbia, and thanked them for the plaque for their contribution to the development of tourism in Sokobanja, which was presented to her at the ceremony at the Vrelo Summer Stage.
“In the previous period, we allocated a total of 95 million dinars for tourism development projects in Sokobanja, of which 87.5 million for infrastructure projects such as equipping the Central City Park with a children’s playground, reconstruction of the Vrelo stage and upgrading traffic and communal infrastructure,” she said. she.
She announced that the project for the construction of Sokograd would be supported, and reminded that the difficult water supply, which has lasted for 30 years, represents a huge obstacle to the use of that destination in Serbian tourism.
“In the postcovid period, health tourism will be one of the priorities and that is why it is necessary to develop spa tourism, especially because in the previous crisis period, spas maintained or even had an increase in tourist traffic, which contributed to the tourist voucher program.” , Matic pointed out.
She stated that in the first four months in Sokobanja, the number of tourist arrivals increased by 132.8 percent compared to the same period last year, while in the pandemic year 2020, according to the number of realized overnight stays, Sokobanja was in the five most visited destinations in Serbia.