Tourism is slowly, but surely, returning to the pre-pandemic levels in both the EU and Serbia. In the first 11 months of last year, a total of 3.5 million tourists were recorded in Serbia, which is 53.9% more than in the same period in 2021, as shown by the data of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
In November, local tourists realized 40.6% more overnight stays than in the same month in 2021, whereas the number of overnight stays realized by foreign tourists increased 38.7%. The most visited spas in November were Vrnjacka Banja, Sokobanja, Vrdnik, Lukovska Banja and Palic, and when it comes to mountain centers, the most visited locations are Zlatibor, Kopaonik, Tara and Fruska Gora, Divcibare and Goc.
The interest of investors in these destinations is not letting up. New luxury hotels are being built, old ones are being reconstructed, and aqua parks and pool complexes experienced a boom last year. An aqua park, announced as the biggest in the country and the region, opened in Vrnjacka Banja, and Kopaonik should get the first indoor aqua park in Serbia within the luxury resort Harmonija.
We present the list of investments in tourism that eKapija’s readers found the most interesting in 2022.1. Hotel InterContinental New Belgrade
Following the beginning of the reconstruction of Sava Centar, the company Delta Real Estate
announced a new investment cycle, which would bring another hotel from the InterContinental Group to Belgrade
The hotel with five stars and 220 rooms will be located in an attractive New Belgrade location in Block 20 in Milentija Popovica Street.
– An office space with underground garages will also be built on this parcel, and the entire complex will create a modern and green oasis a walk’s away from the largest congress center. A fascinating project has been prepared, for which considerable funds will be required – Delta Real Estate said and added that the company was closer than ever to realizing one of its goals – bringing Hotel InterContinental back to Belgrade.2. Aqua Park Raj Vrnjacka Banja
On July 14, the Day of the Municipality of Vrnjacka Banja, the aqua park Raj in Vrnjacka Banja symbolically opened
. The biggest aqua park in Serbia and the region, as it was presented, is able to accommodate 4,000 to 6,000 people. The area of the aqua park is 3.5 ha, and the investment is worth EUR 12 million
The aqua park will feature family waterslides, an adrenaline waterslide, the so-called kamikaze, up to 30 meters high, hydro massage pools with nine different configurations, the longest lazy river, 460 meters long, pools with artificial waves which provide a sea adventure on an area of 2,000 m2, but also the restaurant part.3. Linear Park Belgrade
The City of Belgrade published, in October 2022, the tender for the preparation of the technical documentation and the execution of the works on the construction of the Linear Park
. The total value of the framework agreement is RSD 8.27 billion without the VAT, that is, around EUR 70.7 million.