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Tourists from the Netherlands Head to Macedonia en Masse March 14, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia.
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16 February 2010 | Dutch tourists are returning to Macedonia en masse, with direct charter flights from Amsterdam to Skopje and Ohrid beginning at the end of April, giving hopes of bringing up their number to the 1980s levels.

The new flight routes are expected to bring 4,000 tourists from the Netherland, the Vecer newpaper reported today.

The common goal for the past two decades of the Dutch and Macedonian tour agencies, Macedonian Economy Minister Fatmir Besimi told the publication, has been to renew the number of 40,000 Dutch tourists, which Macedonia would see yearly in the 1980s. Last year, their number only reached 5,000.

Macedonia offers pure nature, cultural heritage and quality cuisine. These are the three things that should be used to present the country’s value and which make Macedonia special and unique in the region, Besimi told the publication.

He welcomed the Dutch tour operators, who will meet journalists in Ohrid today, in order to be introduced to the tourism potential, natural sites and holiday opportunities.

One of the reasons Dutch tourists visit and are fascinated by Macedonia is the monument in Ohrid to the Dutch writer A. Den Doolaard [in the above photograph], who lived in and wrote about the city, Dutch Ambassador to Macedonia, Simone Filippini, told the publication.

Macedonia also has great potential for hiking and biking, according to Dutch tour operators, who are hoping to renew the country as a destination for Dutch tourists, whose numbers dwindled in recent years because of the wars and insecurity in the region.



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