Journalists from 10 European and regional countries visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from 13 to 15 September 2012A group of 14 distinguished journalists from 10 European and regional countries visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from 13 to 15 September 2012. Their fact finding visit entitled Journalists’ Tour to BiH: ‘BiH’s Hidden Treasures: A journey of discovery‘ was organised within the EU funded project “Technical Assistance to Support Tourism Industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Peter Sørensen, welcomed the group upon their arrival. That was an opportunity for the journalists to discuss tourism opportunities in BiH with Ambassador Sørensen and to learn more about the EU funded assistance in BiH tourism sector, particularly through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) funds. Since tourism has become a major player in the economy of developing countries and is a key sector of the European Union’s economy, it is clear that in case of BIH, tourism will be an important industry in the future of the country’s overall economic growth.

An international travel writer, Ms. Elena Racheva from Moscow “Voyage” said: “I really enjoyed every moment in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Any rain, fog, and cold couldn’t spoil this journey. I’ll definitely come back.” Mr. Zikica Milosevic from Serbian “Travel Magazine” added: “Bosnia and Herzegovina is a hidden treasure of Europe: off the beaten track, but a real surprise for everyone who likes nature, history, and hospitable people. For the lovers of all three, it is a paradise! Maybe one of the last unknown pearls of European tourism, Bosnia and Herzegovina is worth your money and time.”

During their three day visit to BiH, the journalists visited Sutjeska National Park, Trebinje, Blagaj, Mostar, Konjic, Jahorina and Sarajevo.

The project “Technical Assistance to Support Tourism Industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina” is funded by the European Union through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the amount of 1.9 million Euro. The Project direct beneficiaries are: Working Group for coordination of activities in tourism in BiH, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the Federation of BiH and Brcko District Government.