Centre for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives(CSTI)
a non-government, non-profit organization working on the development of the tourism products in Montenegro, engaging the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism

Our History
CSTI was founded in 2006 with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and CHF International, as part of their Communitiy Revitalisation through Democratic Action - Economy (CRDA-E) program. The CRDA-E program, in coordination with partners CSTI and FORS Montenegro, the Foundation for the Development of Northern Motnenegro, aims to facilitate sustainable economic development in the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Kolasin, Mojkovac, Niksic, Plav, Pljevlja, Pluzine, Rozaje, Savnik and Zabljak, as well as in other parts of Montenegro.

Our first project The Development and Promotion of Tourism Products in Northern Montenegro, funded by CHF International/USAID, was implemented for one year, from May 2006 through April 2007. Focusing on best practices from other developing countries, the project aimed to positively impact employment and increase the revenues of small enterprises and entrepreneurs, the project's beneficiaries, by enhancing the promotion and presentation of the tourism offers in northern Montenegro and by establishing a tourism agency specifically designed to sell unique northern Montenegrin adventure tourism packages.

Since its establishment CSTI, together with a commercially registered subsidiary entity - Montenegro Adventures (MA), has worked to set clear goals for the development of both the supply and demand sides of the tourism market, particularly in the hinterland of Montenegro, while contributing to the national and regional dialogue on broader development issues. CSTI / MA prioritized initiatives relating to strategy and planning, product and service development, capacity building, and promotion and business linkages.

Thus, in many of the projects, CSTI works directly with tourism entrepreneurs to adapt products and services to meet the needs of consumers.

Vision & Mission
CSTI promotes responsible travel to Montenegro - its long term goals are increased employment and increased income in tourism sector through promotion of the natural beauties, outdoor activities and existing establishments; increased public awareness and involvement of local businesses and communities in creating plans and strategies for development of the area they live and work in.

Our Vision
"The tourism industry generates prosperity and peace for Montenegro's citizens while preserving the wild beauty of its environment."

Our Mission
The Centre for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives is the driving force for the development of the tourism products in Montenegro. By following the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism, we will economically regenerate the regions, reduce poverty and attract investments.
  • We provide active community leadership by supporting and coordinating local, regional and cross-border tourism development programs;
  • We work with ministries, local self-governments, tourism organizations, tourism service providers, agencies, associations, international tourism and development organizations and other tourism stakeholders.
  • We share and encourage the exchange of tourism know-how and foster cooperation and collaboration amongst our partners;
  • Together with our partners, we implement innovative tourism initiatives that continually raise quality standards and improve the competitiveness of the industry.
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