Displaying items by tag: Macedonia http://ttgbalkans.com Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:02:09 +0000 en-gb Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport to welcome new flights http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/856-ohrid-st-paul-the-apostle-airport-to-welcome-new-flights.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/856-ohrid-st-paul-the-apostle-airport-to-welcome-new-flights.html Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport to welcome new flights

Ohrid Municipality has announced that as of next year, Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport is to be connected with Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Switzerland via new air links, yet to be introduced.

Mayor, Ohrid Municipality, Nikola Bakracheski confirmed that the local government of Ohrid has set aside almost €100,000 for the subvention of low-cost carriers in 2013. It is expected that the municipality of Struga will also contribute with the same amount.

Bakracheski confirmed: "Our plan is to increase this sum almost €200,000 next year to subsidise regular flights from Ohrid Airport. I hope that the Mayor of Struga will follow this move, and I've received today assurances that Struga will also propose to its Council to adopt a decision to subsidise these flights."

As he explained, analysis made in the past show that up to 30 per cent of passengers arriving to Skopje International Airport live in the southwest region of the country. Affordable flights would facilitate travel of residents of Ohrid, Struga, Debar, Kichevo, Bitola, Podgradec and Korca.

Bakracheski further expressed hope that budget airlines will increase their frequencies to and from Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport and establish new links. So far, as he revealed, interest was shown by Wizz Air and Adria Airways.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Transport Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:52:28 +0000
Macedonian airports report surge in traffic and aircraft movements http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/853-macedonian-airports-report-surge-in-traffic-and-aircraft-movements.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/853-macedonian-airports-report-surge-in-traffic-and-aircraft-movements.html Macedonian airports report surge in traffic and aircraft movements

TAV Airports Holding reported that, according to the statistical data by the operator of the Macedonian Airports, TAV Macedonia, the number of transported passengers via both Macedonian airports in August 2013 increased by 20.5 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport welcomed a total of 115.023 passengers, marking an increase of 23.1 per cent, whereas the number of passengers via Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport amounted to 16.463. The total number of passengers at both airports amounted to 131.486 persons.

In the first eight months of 2013, there was an increase of 17.5 per cent compared to the previous year, with 732.831 passengers transported in total.

The number of flights (aircraft movements) increased as well by almost 10 per cent, with a total of 8.489 movements on the records at both airports since January. The increase in August alone is much more significant, with 16.2 per cent more movements seen compared to the same month last year.

These numbers derive from the increase of flight frequencies of Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines and flydubai.

Additionally, during the summer season, charter flights were organised a few times per week to vacation destinations Antalya and Izmir in Turkey with Corendon and SunExpress, as well as several charters to Catania, Sicily. Passengers also demonstrated continued interest in the Wizz Air routes.

The most popular destination from Skopje Airport in August were Istanbul, Vienna, Zurich, London and Malme. Between January and August, the top five destinations were Istanbul, Vienna, Zurich, London and Ljubljana. The most popular airlines since the beginning of the year have been Wizz Air, followed by Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Adria Airways.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Transport Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:44:25 +0000
Ambassador of Israel pays Ohrid a visit http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/827-ambassador-of-israel-pays-ohrid-a-visit.html http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/827-ambassador-of-israel-pays-ohrid-a-visit.html Ambassador of Israel pays Ohrid a visit

The Ambassador of Israel in Macedonia, Yossi Amrani, has recently visited the city of Ohrid in Macedonia to meet with Mayor, Ohrid Municipality, Nikola Bakracheski.

Amrani inquired about the current status of the community and the new local government.

Bakracheski informed him about the Municipality's strategy for the economic development of the city with plans to develop medical tourism, and they also discussed potential for investments from Israel in this area, as well as in other industries.

During his visit, Amrani communicated that Ohrid is worthy of promotion by international media and stated that he will aid the regions efforts to develop. He additionally added that Ohrid is soon to welcome a large group of Israeli journalists and he further suggested a strategy to attract the attention of visitors from North America.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Tourism Boards Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:51:53 +0000
Wizz Air to boost its Macedonia fleet and routes http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/790-wizz-air-to-boost-its-macedonia-fleet-and-routes.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/790-wizz-air-to-boost-its-macedonia-fleet-and-routes.html Wizz Air to boost its Macedonia fleet and routes

Wizz Air has announced the second aircraft for its Macedonian base at Skopje airport, the new Airbus A320 aircraft, which is set to be delivered in Skopje on April 16, 2014 as the airline introduces new routes from Macedonia.

This is expected to bring the total fleet investment in Wizz Air's Macedonian base to €120,6 million, and the new aircraft is planned to support operations of a total of 13 Skopje routes, increasing seat capacity in 2014 to over 680,000 thousand seats.

The airline also announced three new services to Brussels Charleroi, Frankfurt Hahn and Paris Beauvais, which will all initially operate two times per week and start from April 16, 2014. Skopje – Brussels Charleroi route is to be served on Wednesdays and Sundays, while the Paris Beauvais flights are scheduled for Mondays and Fridays.

Seats on the new Skopje routes are already on sale at attractive rates, and can be booked through the company's website.

In addition, Wizz Air announced more weekly flights on the existing services to Basel Mulhouse (from three to five weekly flights); Dortmund, Munich Memmingen and Eindhoven (from two to three services per week); Gothenburg (from two to four weekly services) and Malmo (from five to seven flights).

"Wizz Air is known to stimulate air traffic in 36 countries by offering very low fares, and we clearly see that Macedonian consumers are as enthusiastic about our low fares as millions of Wizz Air passengers in Europe and beyond. We stay committed to the Macedonian market and the development of the infrastructure of low cost air travel, and in response to the high demand for Wizz Air's low fares I am thrilled to announce a new aircraft to our Skopje base," said executive vice president, Wizz Air, John Stephenson.

He added that the arrival of the second aircraft will stimulate job growth and benefit the airline's consumers.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Transport Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:23:00 +0000
New tourism app launched for the city of Ohrid http://ttgbalkans.com/technology/item/776-new-tourism-app-launched-for-the-city-of-ohrid.html http://ttgbalkans.com/technology/item/776-new-tourism-app-launched-for-the-city-of-ohrid.html New tourism app launched for the city of Ohrid

The Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FINKI) from Skopje, in cooperation with the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality from St.Kliment Ohridski University in Ohrid, have developed an application, the MK Guide, that was given to the Ohrid Municipality to assist the visitors to the city by highlighting its attractions and useful information.

Once users have downloaded the application on to their mobile phone, they will be able to learn about the city's history, beauty and attractions.

The application can be downloaded from the Google apps store for Android systems, and the city is to distribute flyers with the QR code that leads directly to the application.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Technology Thu, 01 Aug 2013 08:34:41 +0000
Ohrid to devise new tourism strategy and initiatives http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/771-ohrid-to-devise-new-tourism-strategy-and-initiatives.html http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/771-ohrid-to-devise-new-tourism-strategy-and-initiatives.html Ohrid to devise new tourism strategy and initiatives

Macedonian city of Ohrid has unveiled a new tourism strategy following the second session by its local economic council recently.

Six key points appeared on the agenda with an aim to improve the image of the city as a tourist destination for the global tourism market, including making the city's F&B offerings more affordable. Secondly, the agenda discussed the possibility of building a ski resort in the Galičica mountain.

MEPSO Corporation has funded a feasibility study for the project, conducted by Canadian company, and council members discussed how the development of the project would impact the city's economy.

Mayor, Ohrid Municipality, Nikola Bakracheski noted: "I personally think that a ski resort in the mountains will offer revolutionary change for the tourism strategy of the town, not only during summer but also in the winter season and throughout the year."

The fourth item on the agenda was the opportunity for greater promotion of the Ohrid Swimming Marathon, as it was seen as a potential way to promote Macedonia and Ohrid in the field of sports tourism.

According to the President, Economic Chamber of Macedonia, Branko Azeski, tourism development largely depends on addressing road infrastructure.

"My view is that we should work on Ohrid to connect it on all sides, to exploit its advantageous location on the border with two other neighbouring countries and bring more competition to the services, a move which will reduce prices and increase our competitiveness," added Azeski.

Further initiatives discussed include the restoration of St. Clement of Ohrid University. The meeting of the Local Economic Council also presented information on investment activities for the Ljubaništa project.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Tourism Boards Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:06:05 +0000
Skopje welcomes its first waterpark http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/767-skopje-welcomes-its-first-waterpark.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/767-skopje-welcomes-its-first-waterpark.html Skopje welcomes its first waterpark

Skopje has recently received its first water park, built within the Boris Trajkovski sports centre, according to the Government of Macedonia.

The new tourist attraction was launched in the attendance of Prime Minister, Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski; Minister of Transport and Communications, Macedonia, Mile Janakieski; and Mayor, Skopje, Koce Trajanovski.

"Once again we proved that if there is a will there is a way. We built a large and attractive aqua park in the capital in just a few months," said Gruevski.

According to Gruevski, the park is set to attract visitors of all ages, as it offers 10 slides, a children's pool, wave pool and a lazy river. As for F&B outlets, visitors have at their disposal a restaurant and three coffee bars, and additional activities include an administrative building, dressing rooms and a first aid unit. It is set to employ 35 lifeguards and offer 40 additional jobs.

The construction of the park was worth about €5 million, and it was built by Polin, a Turkish company that has built over 2,000 waterparks worldwide, in cooperation with local companies Zikol and Elektrounion.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Leisure Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:08:23 +0000
New swimming pool and swimming school opened in Ohrid http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/711-new-swimming-pool-and-swimming-school-opened-in-ohrid.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/711-new-swimming-pool-and-swimming-school-opened-in-ohrid.html New swimming pool and swimming school opened in Ohrid

Mayor of Ohrid, Macedonia, Nikola Bakracheski has inaugurated the new swimming pool at Biljana's Wells (Biljanini Izvori) and a new Swimming School Delfina 2012.

Commenting on the inauguration, Bakracheski said: "As many times before, I invite you all together to raise awareness of youth sports as a condition for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and proper physical and mental development."

He expressed hope that the opening of the swimming school will contribute to restoring the glow of water sports in Ohrid and that it will become a renowned swimming hub.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Leisure Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:48:35 +0000
Skopje railway station up for major reconstruction http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/706-skopje-railway-station-up-for-major-reconstruction.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/706-skopje-railway-station-up-for-major-reconstruction.html Skopje railway station up for major reconstruction

Government of Macedonia has announced that the railway station in Skopje is to be fully reconstructed by 2015, with a tender being announced for the construction company.

According to Minister of Transport and Communications, Macedonia, Mile Janakieski, the project is to be realised with the support of the EU amounting to €2.5 million, 85 per cent of which are to be attained through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) funds while 15 per cent are to be financed domestically. As he additionally noted, the reconstruction or the station starts 33 years after its construction.

The tender is open for applicants until September 3, 2013, and Janakieski expects that a suitable construction company will be selected by January 2014, before the works start. The revamp is set to last 12 months.

Most of the investments are planned to be made in the interior design of the station, which is to be done in line with European and national standards. Ground floor, mezzanine and the platform level are to be reinvented with two new lifts planned, plus new staircase, refurbished waiting rooms, new information boards, and more. The entrance is also to be renovated to better cater to persons with special needs.

Ministry of Transport and Communications is already developing plans for the 10 remaining railway stations on Corridor 10 in collaboration with public enterprise Infrastructure, which are to be delivered to the European Commission.

The rail station in Skopje carried 653,868 passengers last year, and in 2011 it recorded 947,119 travellers.

When asked how the procedure for purchase of new wagons is progressing, Janakieski said that full documentation has been submitted to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and that he is now waiting for approval.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Transport Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:10:16 +0000
Macedonia strives to revive historical spa centre http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/694-macedonia-strives-to-revive-historical-spa-centre.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/694-macedonia-strives-to-revive-historical-spa-centre.html Macedonia strives to revive historical spa centre

Health Minister, Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Todorov recently met with Mayor, Češinovo-Obleševo municipality, Kostadin Ličkov to discuss the tender announced by the Macedonian Ministry of Health for the sale of land and spa facilities in the village of Banja, in the Češinovo-Obleševo municipality.

The tender aims to reactivate the facility for physical medicine and rehabilitation and to attract domestic and foreign investments to create new facilities for geriatric and palliative care, as well as for spa tourism. This is expected to provide new jobs and facilitate the development of the region. Both the location and the building are said to present good opportunities for the development of health tourism, and the use of the building for commercial purposes would significantly contribute to the development of the region.

"It is well known that a spa hub existed in this place since the second and third century A.D., that was later revived in the 15th and 16th century, only to completely close down in 1985. At the request of the Mayor and the municipality, we opened proceedings for the sale of the site to find a private partner to build a modern spa complex with a spa centre and to benefit from this natural source of mineral water," said Todorov.

"I appeal to anyone interested in purchasing a spa hub. This is of great interest for the community and for the development of tourism in our town and the Češinovo-Obleševo municipality, as well as for the wider part of the eastern region as it will create jobs, will have higher visitor numbers and better understanding of eastern Macedonia" added Ličkov.

The spa hub is located on the south side of Osogovo Mountain, eight kilometres from the city of Kočani. The 680m² spa facility consists of an old and the new section. Both buildings are ruined, however the newer one has a good constructive skeletal system. The existing spa area spreads over 800m², and is located around 25m from the centre of the property. Usability of water is 99 per cent.

The spa hub restarted operations in 1980 as a department of physical medicine within the Medical Centre – Kočani, and had functioned successfully until 1985, welcoming around 1,200 patients and 500 guests per year.

The opening of bids will take place on July 22, 2013. The sale will be by public auction at a starting price set at €17.5 million.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Leisure Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:51:07 +0000