After the war and the three-year siege, today, after a quarter century of independence of BiH, Sarajevo is again classified among the most desirable European destinations.
After the war devastations, many people came to visit to feel the horror of the film story, but in recent years, Sarajevo offers tourists a happier story about diversity, festivals, culture, history, nature, hospitality, and nightlife, as well as stories about defiance, burek, kebabs and drinking coffee.
“15 years ago, in Sarajevo were 24 hotels, motels, and hostels with 89 workers. Last year, that number increased to 100 and 1,356 employees,” as said from the Federal Tax Administration.
“Today’s tourism in Canton Sarajevo is an integral part of the overall new economic structure which as a whole is still looking for new and better ways of organization, given that the potential for development of tourism in recent years is serious and revenues increase from year to year,” as said from the Chamber.
According to their data, in the winter season, 1986/87 visitors achieved about 500,000 overnight stays, while that number dropped in 1998 to 113,621. Registered number of overnight stays in 2010 amounted to 385,433, and every year more and more people want to see what Sarajevo has to offer. Two years ago, a total of 692,957 overnight stays were registered in Sarajevo.
Thanks to its rich natural and historical resources and significant investments in infrastructure, Canton Sarajevo recorded a growth in the number of tourists and overnight stays in 2012. This was contributed by its natural, cultural and historic values.
“Thanks to the now world famous festivals and events organized in our city and all that Sarajevo has to offer, our city is one of the destinations that are unavoidable on the tourist list in almost all over the world,” said representative of the Tourist Board of Canton Sarajevo Faruk Caluk.
Caluk believes that positions of the city, the mountains around Sarajevo, its vicinity to the sea and other attractions, with quality promotion and awareness of the importance of the industry, contribute to maintaining a position of an attractive tourist destination.