Macedonian Chambers of Commerce was part of the event organized by the University of Tourism and Management, which had addressed the Executive Director Mitko Aleksov. Lectures on Tourism held Councillor for Culture at the Embassy of France in Macedonia and Director of the French Institute in Skopje, Mrs. Isabelle Marchi-Barbaux, Deputy Regional Director for the Environment, Physical Planning and Housing of the French Republic, Mr. -gja Laurence Pujo and Regional director of Environment of the Republic of France, Ms. Paula Fernandes.
Alex, who emphasized the importance of the strategic determination of the Republic Macedonia to support the development of tourism as an important industry sector that affects the economy of each country.
“Tourism plays a significant role in the overall economic development and potentials for improvements are great. In this regard Affairs and Tourism Catering Chamber within the Union of Chambers of Commerce in order to improve the conditions and quality of business processes, and thus promote Macedonia as an attractive tourist destination. In recent years, attendance at domestic tourist facilities of foreign visitors has doubled, and annual earnings from tourism exceed 100-150 million. According to official data of the State Statistical Office the number of tourists in September 2016 was 84,018, while the number of overnight stays amounted to 197 122. In the period from January to September 2016, compared to the same period last year the number of tourists increased by 4.3% and the number of nights spent in the same period increased by 2.3% by domestic tourists increased by 3.3% and foreign by 0.8%. The latest statistics show that the largest number of foreign tourists visiting Skopje, followed by tourist areas of natural and artificial lakes, mountain areas, bathrooms. Most tourists come from Turkey, the Netherlands, Serbia, Poland, Germany, Albania and Israel, “said Aleksov in his address.
Tourist catering chamber in the Alliance actively contributed with their proposals and measures working towards the improvement of this sector, which indirectly entails and three to four other branches, have an indirect impact to tourism. We believe that the share of tourism in gross domestic product (GDP) from the current 2.3 percent to 5 percent by 2021, but what should be paid attention to improving the traffic infrastructure.