Montenegro is well suited for development of
all kinds of tourism, as it has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous
northern region. The country was a well-known tourist spot in the 1980s,
yet, the Yugoslav wars that were fought in neighboring countries during
the 1990s crippled the tourist industry and destroyed the image of Montenegro
as a tourist destination.
It was not until 2000s that the tourism industry
began to recover, and the country has since experienced a high rate
of growth in the number of tourist visits and overnight stays. The Government
of Montenegro has set the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist
destination a top priority. It is a national strategy to make tourism
a major, if not the single largest, contributor to the Montenegrin economy.
A number of steps were taken to attract foreign investors into Montenegro's
tourism industry. Some large projects are already under way, such as
Porto Montenegro, while other locations, like Jaz Beach, Buljarica,
Velika Plaza and Ada Bojana, have perhaps the greatest potential to
attract future investments and become premium tourist spots on the Adriatic.
Some of the problems that currently hamper the development of Montenegrin
tourism are inadequate infrastructure, notably the road infrastructure
in the north, and electricity and water supply in the south of the country.
The informal construction is also a problem.