The head of the Serbian National Association of Travel agencies (YUTA) said on Tuesday that the number of people traveling out of the country this summer is 90 percent lower than a year earlier and called for the government to provide aid to the industry.
YUTA CEO Aleksandar Senicic told a conference on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry that 35,000 people from Serbia (90 percent less than in 2019) are vacationing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Egypt and Turkey because those countries have not imposed health requirements. According to him, the travel industry is facing a serious situation and needs state aid.
“The state allowed replacement trips (instead of canceled trips) which can take place by the end of next year but the biggest risk is: what will happen to those replacement trips if the foreign partner shuts down,” he said.
Other participants in the conference said that the number of Serbians vacationing in mountain and lake resorts across the country is higher than in earlier years.