Common tourist offer of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
One of the opportunities of Serbia to break into the European tourism market would be a unified touristic offer of Mećavnik in Mokra Gora and Andrićgrad in Višegrad, is pointed out by representatives of touristic organizations of the two border places in Bosnia and Serbia. “The offer that would include Mokra Gora, Mećavnik, (narrow-gauge railroad) the Šargan Eight and
Andrićgrad, would be a unique travel package in this part of Europe,” says Ljubomir Jelesijević, host of Andrićgrada, to BETA. He explains that Andrićgrad is a cultural, administrative, educational and touristic complex, located on the mouth of two rivers, the Drina and the Rzav and that the desire of the creators of this town is to get more young people to return to the real values. Andrićgrad is open for tourists only three years ago, and every year around 100,000 people visit it.
Current accommodation capacities of Andrićgrad, which is located 300 meters from the Bridge on the Drina, is 150 beds, but next next year will be completed construction of a hotel with 54 rooms and 100 beds in this complex, says Jelisijević. According to him, tourists come from all over the world, and apart from the former Yugoslav republics, most of them come from Japan and Austria. Andrićgrad has emerged as an idea of a movie director, Emir Kusturica about medieval stone town, inspired by the works and characters of a Nobel Prize winner, Ivo Andric. Jelisijevic also says that Ivo Andric is the only Nobel laureate who has “his own city”.
According to him, for tourists is a curious fact that Andrićgrad is a mixture of different eras and styles – Byzantine, Ottoman, Renaissance and Classicism. Some of the contents in this town are the Renaissance theater, a replica of a medieval monastery Dečani, the Institute of Ivo Andrić with the Center for Slavic Studies. Complex is managed by enterprise Andrićgrad, owned by a movie director, Emir Kusturica, Višegrad municipality and the Government of the Republic of Srpska.
Emir Kusturica in 2002 in Mokra Gora began construction of ethno village, Mećavnik, also known as Wooden town. The Tourism Organization of this place explained to Beta, news agency, that this project has recovered the economy in this area, because this tourist complex employs about 80 percent of the local population. Mećavnik visits around 100,000 people annually. This town is characteristic by small wooden houses, each house is authentic, painted and decorated in a different style.
Drvengrad (Wooden town) organizes many cultural events like “Heritage Days” and “Kustendorf film festival”.