Tourism in Serbia

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Logo of the National Tourism Organization of Serbia.
Felix Romuliana, late Roman palace, UNESCO heritage site.
Mediana, the birthplace of Constantine the Great.
The Iron Gates of the Danube
Belgrade by night
Knez Mihailova (Prince Mihailo) Street, main pedestrian area in the city
Skadarlija, the city's old bohemian neighbourhood
Nišava River in the central part of Niš
Liberators monument at night.
Belgrade Zoo is a home to rare White lion cubs.

Tourism in Serbia is officially recognised as a primary area for economic and social growth.[1] The hotel and catering sector accounted for approximately 1.0% of GDP in 2010.[1] In some other Balkan countries tourism contributes a much higher percentage to GDP: about 22% in Croatia and about 20% in Montenegro.[2] Tourism in Serbia employs some 75,000 people, about 3% of the country's workforce.[1]


In the 1980s Serbia was an important tourist destination in the Balkans. Overnight stays were almost 12 million per year, of which about 1.5 million were by foreign tourists. The events surrounding the break-up of Yugoslavia led to a substantial decline in both leisure and business tourism.[3]

In the twenty-first century tourism began to recover: the number of overseas visitors was 90% higher in 2004 than it had been in 2000, and revenue from foreign tourism more than tripled between 2002 and 2004, to about 220 million US dollars.[3] By 2010 revenue from international tourism had grown to 605 million euros. In 2011 there were 764,000 foreign tourist arrivals and more than 1.6 million overnight stays by foreign tourists. Many of the visitors were from other Balkan countries – Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia – and from Europe, principally Germany and Italy.[1] Domestic tourism in 2011 amounted to about 1.3 million arrivals and more than 5 million overnight stays.[1]

Dance arena in July 2006, one of the most popular stages on EXIT music festival.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Serbia, in: Alain Dupeyras (ed.) (2012). OECD tourism trends and policies 2012. Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development. ISBN 9789264177567. p. 403–407.doi:10.1787/tour-2012-56-en
  2. ^ Janusz Bugajski (ed.) (2010). Western Balkans Policy Review 2010. Washington, D.C: Center for Strategic and International Studies. ISBN 9780892066025. p. 40.
  3. ^ a b Marat Terterov (ed.) (2006). Doing business with Serbia, second edition. London: GMB Publishing. ISBN 978-1-905050-14-7. p.177.

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