Eco cyclo-tourism – Basis for future tourism development of Srem

A symbolic ride of the members of the cycling club “Sava” marked official opening of the cycling road from Mačvanska Mitrovica to Zasavica, part of the “Sava route” on March 25th. The opening of 4.2 km long track brought together representatives of the Provincial Government, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Telecommunications, RDA Srem and its partners for public and private sector.

“Biking and cyclo-tourism are growing and have a multiply effect on all branches of the economy and raise the reputation of Vojvodina as a tourist destination. In addition to the economic aspect, tourism and business potential, this route is linked with the three international Eurovelo routes, it is a pilot project and a best-practice example of how two micro tourist sites are connected… What we are witnesses today obliges us to complete the path to Zasavica. The Secretariat will endeavour to allocate the necessary funds to complete the work on this course” said Ivan Djokovic, Vice-President of the Vojvodina Provincial Government and Provincial Secretary of Economy and Trade.

Miroslav Knežević, State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications said that the Ministry has supported this project as a good example of connecting several tourist locations “This road is a good example of connecting Sremska Mitrovica offer, most of all Sirmium, Carska palata with the natural area of Zasavica”. He also underlined that this area has a great potential for rural tourism development with several well-known households providing services to tourists.

The goal of this complex and very important project is to link urban areas with rural and protected natural areas through cycling roads and to create new tourist products, in line with the national Strategy of tourism development and Vojvodina Plan. This pilot road is an example of how cycling can be used to boost tourism and economic potential, but also to improve everyday life of people in the area.

Construction of cycling road from Sremska Mitrovica to Zasavica represents a joint effort supported by four partners: Government of Switzerland and the Provincial Secretariat have granted EUR 63’000 each, while the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and the city of Sremska Mitrovica have granted EUR 42’000 each.

The Bicycle tours toward rural and regional development Srem project is supported by the Swiss Government with EUR 315’000 as part of its Program Rural and Regional Development Support in Serbia, with total value of EUR 3.36 million and lasting until April 2019.